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Image of ‘ghost office’ in Whitehall released by Jacob Rees-Mogg exposes work from home scandal

JACOB Rees-Mogg posted his image of a “ghost office” in Whitehall yesterday as he addressed his anti-work from home campaign.

The minister had been left open-mouthed when he found the cabinet office deserted at 11am on what should have been a busy weekday.

Jacob Rees-Mogg was left open-mouthed to find the Cabinet Office deserted at 11am on what should have been a busy weekday

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Jacob Rees-Mogg was left open-mouthed to find the Cabinet Office deserted at 11am on what should have been a busy weekdayCredit: Paul Edwards
Mr Rees-Mogg was branded

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Mr Rees-Mogg was branded “creepy” for leaving notes on the desks of staff who were still at homeCredit: Paul Edwards

Desks and computers were unused and the walls were covered with notes from before the Covid-19 outbreak in early 2020.

Mr. Rees-MoggMinister for Government Efficiency, accused absent workers of wasting money by leaving their swanky offices empty.

He told The Sun: “It looked like the office hadn’t been used for two years.

“Thousands of pounds of taxpayers’ money are being spent and either they have to be there or they don’t. If not, we should put someone in this property.”

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Visiting the Eurotunnel in Folkestone, Kent yesterday, as part of his Brexit Opportunities portfolio, he added: “I wrote on the whiteboard and said, ‘Can we reallocate this space because you clearly don’t need it?'”

Mr Rees-Mogg was branded “creepy” for leaving notes on the desks of staff who were still at home.

He also compiled a department ranking to show what percentage of employees were behind.

The Ministry of Education brought up the rear with 25 percent, followed by the Ministry of Work and Pensions with 27 percent.

Education Minister Nadhim Zahawi has called for his staff to return for four days a week. Mr Rees-Mogg said civil service bosses must “lead by example” and return to their departments.

He added: “If you’re at it, you know what problems there are.

“You don’t have to organize a Zoom call to find out.”

He warned that the civil service had “grow too big” and that numbers needed to be cut.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/18409422/whitehall-work-from-home-whitehall-jacob-rees-mogg/ Image of ‘ghost office’ in Whitehall released by Jacob Rees-Mogg exposes work from home scandal

Bobby Allyn

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