THE Tory backbencher has variously been described as a Beano character, a “sedated hat stand” and even a “sex God”.
But who is the real Mogg? Here’s what we know about the Conservative MP for North East Somerset, who has once again emerged from the back benches to deliver searing words on Theresa May’s Brexit deal.
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 had batted away speculation that he would challenge Theresa May for the leadership of the party, insisting he was completely loyal to her.
Rees-Mogg said he was more likely to become POPE than PM.
He was one of the 48 Conservative MPs who submitted a letter of no confidence, which triggered a leadership challenge on December 12, and ultimately failed to oust May.
There has been speculation that he might try his hand for the role, but previous polls put his likelihood of becoming PM at 20-1.
In a scathing remark after May’s humiliating Brexit deal defeat, he told the Sun: “Not only is the PM’s deal now dead as a dodo, it makes dodos look positively energetic.”
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 in September 2017.
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.”
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.
What are his children’s names?
Rees-Mogg named his sixth child Sixtus, which is a Roman name meaning “polished”.
It is also the name of a Pope and Saint.
His full name is Sixtus Dominic Boniface Christopher .
Sixtus’ eldest sibling is Peter Theodore Alphege, who was born in 2007.
Jacob’s only daughter Mary Anne Charlotte Emma came along a year later followed by Thomas Wentworth Somerset Dunstan in 2010 and Anselm Charles Fitzwilliam in 2012.
His fifth child, Alfred Wulfric Leyson Pius, was featured in a video as his father tried to teach him how to say Brexit.
Alfred was born in February 2016.
In September 2018, a thug shouted at the children “your daddy’s a horrible person” outside their London home.
A month before that graffiti was sprayed “on a building and on a car” as well as the garden.
They managed to write “posh scum” on windows of the house.
The MP’s 17th Century country home, called Gournay Court, is a listed building.
He also owns a £5.6m house in Westminster.
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.”
He 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.”
Did Georgia Toffolo really call him a ‘sex god’?
The Made in Chelsea star and 2017 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.”
The reality star elaborated: “The human mind can be sexy. He’s so clever, I just love him,” adding: “I fancy middle-aged politicians, but I’ve never been with one.”
Rees-Mogg has responded to news of the 23-year-old’s crush, saying he was “greatly surprised but nonetheless flattered” by the revelation.
“I am glad Miss Toffolo won and hope this is the launchpad for a glittering career,” he added.
Is he he helping Boris Johnson become Prime Minister?
Arch Tory Eurosceptic Jacob Rees-Mogg has been accused of softening his Brexit demands to help his pal Boris Johnson become PM.
Growing tensions within the 80-strong hardline Tory European Research Group erupted in public on Wednesday.
The Brexiteer backbenchers are split over what changes are needed for them to back Theresa May’s revised EU exit deal.
Significantly shifting his position closer to No10’s, the ERG’s chair Mr Rees-Moggdeclared he would be “quite happy” for legally binding changes to the backstop to be enshrined in a new annex to the Withdrawal Agreement.
That means the original divorce treaty – agreed by the PM with the EU in November – would no longer need to be reopened, a key Eurosceptic demand.
The Somerset MP also told the Financial Times that he is no longer insisting that the “Irish backstop” must be scrapped altogether.
Instead, Mr Rees-Mogg said on Wednesday he will be satisfied with “a clear date in which the backstop ends, in the lifetime of this Parliament”.
One senior ERG MP told The Sun: “Jacob and Boris want a deal, and they want to vote for one.
“They don’t want to be seen as the people responsible for smashing the Tory party in two, not least because it would be terminal for Boris’s leadership hopes”.
Tory ministers also suspect Boris’s long-held ambition to get into No10 was behind his close ally Mr Rees-Mogg’s shift on Wednesday.
A pro-Brexit Cabinet minister added: “Boris needs a Phase 2 of Brexit to give him a reason to be leader.
“No deal means no future trade deal, and then there’s nothing left for him to do on Brexit.”