But speaking in the Commons last week, Rees-Mogg branded Singh a “knave or a fool”.
Under the protection of parliamentary privilege, he said baselessly that Raab’s words had been “shockingly distorted by low quality journalism”.
“It is a cheat that journalists sometimes use of editing text, editing a recording, and it was done to Roger Scruton by the New Statesman and it’s now been done to the foreign secretary,” Rees-Mogg told MPs.
HuffPost UK did not edit the recording passed to us and the article quoted it in full.
Scruton, a philosopher and author, won an apology from the New Statesman after the magazine’s deputy editor tweeted “partial” and “truncated” quotations from an interview.
Valarie Vaz, Labour’s shadow leader of the House, on Thursday demanded Rees-Mogg apologise for his incorrect claim. But he refused.
“Arj Singh is the deputy political editor of HuffPost, he is not a cheat, he is not a knave, he is not a fool, there was no clipping,” she said.
“It’s not poor quality online journalism,” Vaz added. “The foreign secretary has admitted it.”
She told Rees-Mogg: “He didn’t actually apologise to the journalist in question. I wonder if he could try again and do so today?”
Rees-Mogg instead doubled-down on his attack. “I’d encourage all journalists to ensure that quotes fully reflect the audio available, and I hope [Vaz] would agree with that and do the same.
He added: “And so let them huff and puff but they will not blow this particular house down.”
Jacob Rees-Mogg has again pointedly not repeated his claim that @HuffPostUK doctored this tape of Dominic Raab.