The new vintage Leader of the House of Commons Jacob Rees-Mogg has issued a strict Victorian era dress code for members of his new office.
Titled “Appropriate Attire for the Gentlemen of the House”, the pamphlet contains several lithographs of male fashions popular in 1880 and begins by paraphrasing American costume designer Edith Head.
“You can have anything you want in life, if you dress for it. Our country want’s Brexit and the return of the British Empire. You will dress for those outcomes.”
On Friday Mr Rees-Mogg issued a writing style guide which banned his staff from using the words “disappointment” “to” “his” “father” “bullied” “at” “school” and “cockwomble”.
Both sets of guidance were drawn up by squires working in Rees-Mogg’s North East Somerset constituency with the aim of making their MP feel more at home in the twenty-first century.
The dress code states that suits must be made to measure using the “superior imperial system of measurement” and be accompanied by a silk top hat and Chesterfield style overcoat when attending the House.
All garments will be made from a heavy dark cloth woven in the new mills and workhouses which will form the backbone of the government’s Northern Powerhouse strategy.
Female staff will not be issued with a dress code as Mr Rees-Mogg feels that a woman’s attire is a matter for her husband or father.