CALLS on Jacob Rees-Mogg to step down have followed his “disastrous” attempt to save the skin of disgraced former Tory MP Owen Paterson.

After Paterson was found to have lobbied on behalf of firms paying him £100,000 a year, but the Tory government moved to revamp the standards process to save him from suspension.

Despite winning a vote in the Commons, Boris Johnson’s government was forced into a climbdown which reports say has created a great deal of anger towards the top brass from within the Tory party.

Rees-Mogg, the Leader of the House of Commons, was left to announce the humiliating U-turn after opposition parties said they would boycott the Tory-led committee to be brought in to replace the current Westminster standards procedure.

The National: Chris Bryant

Labour MP Chris Bryant (above), who chairs the Commons Standards Committee, told the i that he believed Rees-Mogg’s position was “untenable” in the wake of the Paterson scandal.

He said: “I personally think the Leader of the House’s position has become untenable. He has created a crisis for Parliament by standing out and talking for 45 minutes in favor of a motion that was the direct, polar opposite of the rule of law.”

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“I think Jacob Rees-Mogg wanted to deliver an outcome because of a personal friendship”, he added.

Commenting on Twitter, SNP MP Pete Wishart said he agreed with Bryant, adding: “It was Rees-Mogg who initiated and introduced that disastrous motion that caused such public consternation and eroded trust in our politics. It was he who defended it to the hilt.

“His position is pretty much untenable.”

The National: Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng

Bryant also told the i paper that Kathryn Stone, the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards, has been given additional security as a result of an “orchestrated smear campaign.”

Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng (above) has been the focus of calls from Labour after he appeared to call for Stone to consider her position after the Paterson scandal.

Bryant has himself been accused of using public funds for his own gain after he reportedly profited to the tune of £650,000.

Despite owning a flat in London, he claimed more than £80,000 from the taxpayer to rent another property for himself, while simultaneously renting out the property he owned.