Jacob Rees-Mogg is a British politician serving as Leader of the House of Commons and Lord President of the Council. He has served as a Conservative Party MP for North East Somerset since 2010. He is outspoken on a number of prevailing social issues related to today’s society from Brexit, to the new Prime Minister Boris Johnson, meaning he is a common topic in the news. Express.co.uk has compiled a list of the most unusual and interesting facts about the 50-year-old MP.
1. Mr Rees-Mogg has his own coat of arms
The North East Somerset MP is the younger son of former editor of The Times, William Rees-Mogg, who was created a life peer in 1988, and Gillian Shakespeare Morris, a daughter of Thomas Richard Morris, a Conservative party local government politician and Mayor of St Pancras in London.
His family’s coat of arms was created after the politicians ancestor Reverend John Rees married Mary Woolridge in 1805 and a royal license was obtained to allow the groom to bare the name Rees-Mogg.
The coat of arms is red and white, with black and gold detailing, and the motto accompanying it reads Cura Pii Diis Sunt, which translates as “Pious men are a care to the gods”.
Jacob Rees-Mogg: Did you know Jacob Rees-Mogg has his own coat of arms?
2. Mr Rees-Mogg began investing in the stock market aged 10
Ten-year-old Jacob Rees-Mogg began investing in the stock market after he was left £50 by a distant cousin.
Unable to invest at such a young age on his own, his father invested in shares in the now-defunct General Electric Company (GEC).
The politician attributes this early investment for his lifelong interest in the stock market.
3. Mr Rees-Mogg was described as a “particularly dogmatic” Thatcherite
After Mr Rees-Mogg attended preparatory school, he entered Eton College.
In a school report, he was described as “particularly dogmatic” Thatcherite.
Jacob Rees-Mogg: Jacob Rees-Mogg began investing in the stock market aged 10
4. He was nominated for the title of ‘Pushy Fresher’ by the Cherwell student newspaper at Oxford
After school, Mr Rees-Mogg read History at Trinity College at Oxford where he graduated with a 2:1 degree in 1991.
He was in 1988 quickly recognised for his views as well as his positions in many debates.
As a result of his willingness to vocalise his views and speak publicly, he was nominated for the title of “Pushy Fresher” by the independent Oxford student newspaper Cherwell.
His nomination included a photo of him delivering a speech accompanied by the caption: “What more need we say?”
While at Oxford he became president of the Oxford University Conservative Association with what the Cherwell described as a “campaign for world domination and social adequacy”
Jacob Rees-Mogg: Jacob Rees-Mogg was nominated for the title of ‘Pushy Fresher’ at university
5. He makes his own cider
The North Somerset MP is known for a fondness for cider, unsurprising given the region’s proclivities for the apple-based booze.
Speaking at the opening of the Palladium Electric Wetherspoons pub in Midsomer Norton last year, he told SomersetLive in 2018: “I actually make my own cider. We’ve got a few apple trees and we have a go and it’s great fun.
“Last year we made about 25 gallons. I like it, whether it’s any good I don’t know but it’s fun to do!”
6. The politician first tried to enter politics in Scotland
Mr Rees-Mogg first entered politics at the 1997 general election, aged 27, vying for the Central Fife seat as the Conservative candidate.
The Central Fife seat was a traditional Labour seat in Scotland.
Given the 27-year-old’s background he was quickly criticised by many constituents for being too posh.
Jacob Rees-Mogg: Jacob Rees-Mogg makes his own cider
7. He was accompanied by his nanny on the campaign trail
As Mr Rees-Mogg campaigned for the Central Fife seat, he was mocked for canvassing the area with his family’s nanny in tow.
He was also mocked for driving around in a “just a Mercedes”, after he reacted to accusations that it was a Bentley.
Unsurprisingly, the upper-class English Conservative only managed in 9 percent of the vote on election day.
Jacob Rees-Mogg: The politicians nanny has joined him and his wife on the campaign trail
8. Mr Rees-Mogg bought a Bentley aged 23
Mr Rees-Mogg’s first two cars were an Alfa Romeo and a Volkswagen Polo respectively.
He bought a Bentley T1 which he bought after his father spotted it at auction in 1992.
He told the Sunday Times: “My mother thought I was bonkers to buy it, but it’s been great fun and it cost just £8,000.
“You can still take it on the motorway perfectly comfortably.”
Jacob Rees-Mogg: Mr Rees-Mogg bought his first Bentley aged 23
9. The North East Somerset was previously in charge of deciding which artworks to put in the House of Commons
Between 2010 and 2015 Mr Rees-Mogg was on the Commons Advisory Committee on Works of Art.
This body is responsible for purchasing art to put on display in and around the House of Commons.
The committee also advises the Speaker on matters relating to Commons art and advises on care, management and interpretation of the art and furniture of the Parliamentary estate.
Jacob Rees-Mogg: The North East Somerset MP was on an arts Committee
10. Mr Rees-Mogg holds the record for the longest work spoke during Parliamentary proceedings
During a debated in February 2012, Mr Rees-Mogg used the word floccinaucinihilipilification.
Floccinaucinihilipilification means the action or habit of estimating something as worthless.
He used the term to describe the EU judges.
He does not however hold the record for the longest word spoken on the Parliamentary estate.
That record is held by then 16-year-old Michael Bryan who in 2017 said pneumonoultramicroscopicsilico
Jacob Rees-Mogg: Jacob Rees-Mogg attending Margaret Thatcher’s funeral
11. He was once named a “sex god” by a Made in Chelsea star
Made in Chelsea star Georgia Toffolo, known as Toff, spoke opening about her admiration for Jacob Rees-Mogg in 2017.
She said: “The human mind can be sexy. He’s so clever, I just love him.”
12. Mr Rees-Mogg’s portrait was displayed in an exhibition from the Royal Society of Portrait Painters
The North East Somerset MP had his portrait painted upon leaving Eton and Eton College Collections.
The resulting painting was considered high enough quality to be included in the Society’s Faces of 1993 exhibition.
Jacob Rees-Mogg: Jacob Rees-Mogg was called ‘sexy’ by Made in Chelsea’s Georgia Toffolo
13. The 50-year-old is the father of six children
Large families are normal for Jacob Rees-Mogg, one of five himself.
But he has surpassed his own family’s size, by having a whopping six children with his wife Helena Anne Beatrix Wentworth Fitzwilliam de Chair.
He first met his wife, who was a close friend of his sister, when they were children.
They were married at Canterbury Cathedral in Kent in 2007, in a ceremony at which the post-Vatican II Mass was celebrated in Latin.
His children are:
- Peter Theodore Alphege, 11
- Mary Anne Charlotte Emma, 10
- Thomas Wentworth Somerset Dunstan, 9
- Anslem Charles Fitzwilliam, 7
- Alfred Wulfrix Leyton Pius, 3
- Sixtus Dominic Boniface Christopher, 2
Jacob Rees-Mogg: Jacob Rees-Mogg and Nigel Farage
14. Jacob Rees-Mogg has never changed a nappy
Despite the huge brood, Mr Rees-Mogg has never changed a nappy in his life.
Speaking with Nigel Farage on LBC, the socially conservative MP said he had never changed a nappy.
He said: “I’ve made no pretence to be a modern man at all, ever. I’m probably as modern as you”.
Instead of he or his wife completing the task, he enlists the help of his nanny.
He said: “I don’t think nanny would approve because I’m sure she’d think I wouldn’t do it properly.”
He added: “This is the nanny that has worked for my family – in September, 52 years – so she knows a thing or two about doing it properly.”
His nanny is the same as the one he had as a child and who has worked for his family for 50 years.
Jacob Rees-Mogg: Jacob Rees-Mogg with his eldest son Peter
15. Mr Rees-Mogg has an online following called “’MoggMentum”
MoggMentum is a grassroots campaign promoting traditional values, conservatism, free markets, free trade, capitalism, British independence and Moggism.
Politicians have become increasingly popular lately, amassing crowds of supporters or haters.
For instance, Ed Milliband’s support was called dubbed Milifandom.