Annunziata Rees-Mogg

Annunziata Mary Rees-Mogg (/əˌnʊntsiˈɑːtə/; born 25 March 1979) is a British Conservative politician and freelance journalist whose focus is finance, economics, and European politics. Having been elected as a Brexit Party candidate at the 2019 European Parliamentary elections, but latterly sitting as a Conservative, she was a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for the East Midlands region for seven months until the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the EU on 31 January 2020.


Annunziata Rees-Mogg
Member of the European Parliament
for East Midlands
In office
2 July 2019 – 31 January 2020
Preceded byMargot Parker
Succeeded byConstituency abolished
Personal details
Born (1979-03-25) 25 March 1979 (age 42)
Bath, Somerset, England
NationalityBritish
Political partyConservative (1984–2019;[1] 2020–present)[2]
Other political
affiliations
Independent (2019–2020)[3]
Brexit (2019)
Spouse(s)
Matthew Glanville
(m. 2010)
Children3
ParentsWilliam Rees-Mogg
Gillian Morris
RelativesJacob Rees-Mogg (brother)
EducationGodolphin and Latymer School
OccupationPolitician, journalist

She has been a leader writer for The Daily Telegraph, deputy editor of MoneyWeek, and editor of the European Journal, a Eurosceptic magazine owned by Bill Cash's think tank, the European Foundation.

Formerly active in Conservative Party politics, she was added to the Conservative Party's A-List by David Cameron.[4] She was unsuccessful in her attempts as a Conservative parliamentary candidate in the 2005 and 2010 general elections.[5][6]

Early life and educationEdit

Annunziata Mary Rees-Mogg is one of the daughters of William Rees-Mogg, Baron Rees-Mogg, a former editor of The Times, and his wife Gillian Shakespeare Morris; she is the youngest sister of Jacob Rees-Mogg.

She joined the Conservative Party at the age of five.[7] She later said of this "I was too young to be a Young Conservative, so I joined the main party. Aged eight I was out canvassing, proudly wearing my rosette."[4]

She was educated at Godolphin and Latymer School in Hammersmith, West London, an independent day school for girls. There, she took A Levels in History, Chemistry and Economics, which she has called "a very odd mix".[8]

CareerEdit

After leaving school in 1997, she decided against going to a university, and instead tried a series of different jobs, in journalism, investment banking, publishing, public relations, and stockbroking.[7][4] In 1998, she moved with her family to Mells, Somerset.

In 2003 she set up Trust the People, a campaign for a referendum on the European Constitution aimed at those too young to have voted in the Common Market referendum of 1975.[4] Speaking about the 2003 Iraq War, she subsequently said, "I think it was a terrible mistake".[4] She opposed the Hunting Act 2004, which outlawed hunting of wild mammals with dogs.[9]

In the 2005 general election Rees-Mogg came fourth in the safe Labour seat of Aberavon, South Wales,[5] increasing the Conservative vote from 2,096 to 3,064.[5][8][10]

She was selected as prospective parliamentary candidate for Somerton and Frome in 2006.[7] The Observer said of her, "Having enjoyed finance and journalism, she combined the two in a career as a financial journalist. When she turns to discussing Gordon Brown's economic record, she does so with authority."[11] In November 2007, she wrote an article for MoneyWeek magazine entitled "How to profit from the world's water crisis", setting out some of the investment opportunities in the sector.[12] An article in The Sunday Telegraph in October 2009 reported, "Some high-profile women are already installed in winnable seats: Louise Bagshawe [now Mensch], Annunziata Rees-Mogg, Priti Patel, Laura Sandys and Joanne Cash will all make colourful additions to the Tory benches."[13] However, at the 2010 general election, Rees-Mogg failed to take the Somerton and Frome seat from the sitting Liberal Democrat member David Heath.[6]

It was reported that in advance of the 2010 election David Cameron had asked Rees-Mogg to shorten her name for political purposes to Nancy Mogg, which her brother Jacob has since said was "a joke".[14][15] Rees-Mogg later commented: "I think it's phoney to pretend to be someone you're not."[9] Cameron subsequently dropped her from the Conservative Party's 2011 pre-selections, despite strong support from many female party members.[16]

On 12 April 2019, she was selected as a candidate for the Brexit Party in the East Midlands constituency in the European Parliament elections,[17] and she won a seat.[18] She resigned the party whip in December 2019 to support the Conservative Party's Brexit strategy.[19] She later rejoined the Conservative Party in January 2020.[20]

Personal lifeEdit

In September 2010, Rees-Mogg became engaged to Matthew Glanville,[21][dead link] and on 6 November 2010 they were married in Italy at Lucca.[22] Four months later, on 8 March 2011, she gave birth to a daughter, Isadora,[23] who was christened in St Martin's Church, Welton le Marsh in Lincolnshire.[24] In 2018 she gave birth to a second daughter, Molly. In late 2019, she announced she was expecting her third child.[25]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Halliday, Josh; Walker, Peter (12 April 2019). "Annunziata Rees-Mogg to stand as MEP for Farage's Brexit party". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 January 2020. I joined the Conservative party in 1984 and this is not a decision I have made lightly
  2. ^ "Jacob Rees-Mogg's sister leads ex-Brexit Party MEPs in joining the Tories". BT. 8 January 2020. Retrieved 8 January 2020.
  3. ^ "General election: Three Brexit Party MEPs quit to back Conservatives". Sky News. 5 December 2019. Retrieved 5 December 2019.
  4. ^ a b c d e Eyre, Hermione, "New Model Tories: The Cameroons are coming", The Independent, 24 September 2006.
  5. ^ a b c UK General Election results May 2005 Archived 24 September 2015 at the Wayback Machine, politicsresources.net.
  6. ^ a b GENERAL ELECTION 2010: LibDems hold Somerton and Frome, dated 7 May 2010 at chardandilminsternews.co.uk
  7. ^ a b c Guy Adams "Rees-Mogg: First family of fogeys", The Independent, 19 October 2006."
  8. ^ a b John Baxter, Profile of Annunziata Rees Mogg, wincantonwindow.co.uk, 9 March 2010.
  9. ^ a b Gimson, Andrew (22 April 2010). "General Election 2010: Annunziata Rees-Mogg is proud to be true blue". The Daily Telegraph. Archived from the original on 4 May 2010.
  10. ^ www.politicsresources.net Archived 11 August 2011 at the Wayback Machine, Aberavon.
  11. ^ Oliver Marre, I'm not sure I want to look like her but I admire Ann Widdecombe's ability to stick to her beliefs, The Observer, 12 July 2009
  12. ^ "How to profit from the world's water crisis". MoneyWeek. 5 November 2007. Retrieved 22 November 2019.
  13. ^ Kite, Melissa. "The softly, softly fight for the women's vote at the general election", The Sunday Telegraph, 25 October 2009
  14. ^ Andrew Neil. "Posh and Posher: Why Public School Boys Run Britain." BBC Two. 19 February 2011. Clip available online.
  15. ^ Peter Wilson, Cameron's Britain is suspicious of the Conservative it may elect, in The Australian dated 13 March 2010
  16. ^ "Brexit campaign leader Nigel Farage creates new party to contest European Union election". ABC News. 12 April 2019. Retrieved 13 April 2019.
  17. ^ "Nigel Farage launches Brexit Party". BBC News. 12 April 2019. Retrieved 12 April 2019.
  18. ^ "Annunziata Rees-Mogg says brother Jacob will be 'devastated' after Tory losses". ITV News. 27 May 2019. Retrieved 30 May 2019.
  19. ^ "Three MEPs quit Brexit Party to back PM's EU deal". BBC News. 5 December 2019. Retrieved 5 December 2019.
  20. ^ "Jacob Rees-Mogg's sister leads ex-Brexit Party MEPs in joining the Tories". BT.com. Retrieved 9 January 2020.
  21. ^ Annunziata Rees-Mogg agrees to change name at last 8 September 2010, online at thisissomerset.co.uk
  22. ^ Matthew Glanville & Annunziata Rees-Mogg at legacy.com/timesonline-uk, dated 12/11/2010, accessed 16 January 2011
  23. ^ "Births". The Times. 10 March 2011. p. 55.
  24. ^ About Matthew Glanville Archived 5 July 2018 at the Wayback Machine at www.matthewglanville.com, accessed 5 July 2018
  25. ^ McAllister, Richard (22 September 2019). "Annunziata Rees-Mogg announces pregnancy months after tragic miscarriage". lincolnshirelive. Retrieved 23 October 2019.