JACOB Rees-Mogg has been tipped as a future Tory leader and possible PM.
The MP for North East Somerset welcomed his sixth child in 2017 and caused controversy after airing his views on abortion and gay marriage. Here’s his story…
Jacob Rees Mogg said he couldn’t ever support abortion or gay marriage
Who is Jacob Rees-Mogg?
Jacob Rees-Mogg is a backbench Tory MP for North East Somerset but is better known for his period drama persona which has been winning him fans.
He entered parliament during the 2010 General Election after working as a fund manager in London.
During the EU referendum, he was a passionate Brexiteer and made many high-profile media appearances arguing for a vote to leave the EU.
To say he was born into a privileged position is an understatement – he is the Eton and Oxford-educated son of the long-serving Times editor William Rees-Mogg.
During the 1997 General Election Rees-Mogg attracted ridicule.
This is because he brought his faithful nanny along with him as he battled to be elected in the working class and staunchly Labour seat of Central Fife.
He has batted away speculation that he would challenge Theresa May for the leadership of the party, insisting he was completely loyal to her.
Mogg said he was more likely to become POPE than PM.
Getty Images Jacob Rees-Mogg is a blast from the past
Who is Jacob Rees-Mogg’s wife? How many children do they have?
Outside the political arena, Jacob is a family man with six children.
His wife is journalist Helena de Chair, daughter of the aristocrat Somerset de Chair.
He celebrated the birth of his sixth child with a touching picture on Instagram.
He wrote: “Helena and I announce with great joy that we have a baby Sixtus Dominic Boniface Christopher, a brother for Peter, Mary, Thomas, Anselm and Alfred.”
In May 2018 it was reported by The Mail on Sunday that he had purchased a new £5million house just around the corner from No 10 Downing Street.
The five-storey mansion is just a short walk away from the Parliament and is also close to Tory HQ in the heart of ‘Old Westminster’.
Rees-Mogg joked he had been priced out of swanky Mayfair and needed a bigger home for his six children.
Why did comic book Beano write to Rees-Mogg?
The children’s comic has accused the Tory of copying its character Walter the Softy – by wearing round glasses, liking classical music and “being snooty”.
The publication says it has sent the politician a letter for him to cease and desist from “impersonating” Dennis the Menace’s antagonist, saying he was around first.
Beano’s Mike Stirling accused Rees-Mogg of “masquerading as Walter Brown”, after the similarities were spotted by young readers of the comic and its beano.com website.
He said: “We were flattered when we discovered that Jacob Rees-Mogg has dedicated his life to impersonating one of my favourite Beano characters, young Walter.
“Nonetheless, as a hard-working British media company, we would prefer the public gets its Walter fix in the pages of our comics and on Beano.com , rather than played out on the political stage. In other words, bog off Rees-Mogg!”
But Rees-Mogg said: “Compared to me Walter is a tough guy.”
What happened when Rees-Mogg visited UWE in Bristol?
In February Rees-Mogg attended a talk at the University of West England (UWE) in Bristol.
However, the night was marred after a group of protesters wearing balaclavas burst into the room, with witnesses saying they were chanting “fascist scum” in the MP’s direction.
Video from the scuffle appears to show the Brexiteer attempting to stop a clash between protesters and onlookers.
Bristol University student William Brown told The Sun Online he first noticed the fire doors rattling, with the group of protesters bursting into the room.
He said: “These people in balaclavas and sunglasses started shouting, things like Tory fascist.
“They were quite intimidating actually.
“They were waving their hands around, shouting very loudly.” He said that a few punches were thrown, but no one appeared to be badly injured.
Moment Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg was caught up in a scuffle after protesters disrupted a speech at University in Bristol
What has Rees-Mogg said about abortion and same-sex marriage?
Due to his strict Catholic beliefs, Mogg admitted on ITV’s Good Morning Britain that he did not support abortion even in the case of rape and incest.
“I am completely opposed to abortion, life begins at conception,” he said.
“Abortion is morally indefensible.”
The MP has also repeatedly voted against sex marriage legislation.
He defended everyone’s right to free speech, and insisted that if he ever became Prime Minister, the law “is not going to change”.
Soon after Rees-Mogg made his remarks it emerged the millionaire MP was making money out of an abortion pill despite his strong stance against it.
Somerset Capital Management, the investment company he co-founded, owns nearly £5million of shares in Indonesian firm Kalbe Farma.
Reacting to the story, Rees Mogg told The Mirror: “This is not something I would wish to invest in personally but you have a duty as an investment manager not to impose constraints on investors.”Mr Rees-Mogg added: “This company does not procure the abortion of babies.
“It’s not my money in these investments and I profit from the total amount of client money we hold, not the investments we make.”
David Dyson Reality TV star Georgia ‘Toff’ Toffolo has revealed her attraction to Jacob Rees-Mogg
Did Georgia Toffolo really call him a ‘sex god’?
The Made in Chelsea star and this year’s I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here winner has admitted she has the hots for Rees-Mogg.
In an interview with the Sunday Times, Georgia “Toff” Toffolo revealed the politicians she admired “the standard – Zac Goldsmith, Jacob Rees-Mogg. I fancy them all”, adding: “Jacob’s a sex god.”