Annunziata Rees-Mogg

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Annunziata Mary Glanville née Rees-Mogg (born 25 March 1979) is an English freelance journalist, focusing on finance, economics, and European politics.

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. She is also a regular contributor on the BBC.

She is also active in Conservative politics and was added to the party's A-List by David Cameron.[1] She was unsuccessful as a Conservative parliamentary candidate in the 2005 and 2010 general elections,[2][3] and her name is no longer on the party's A-list.[citation needed]

Early life[edit]

The daughter of the late William Rees-Mogg, a former editor of The Times and a Conservative life peer, and the sister of Jacob Rees-Mogg, a Eurosceptic Conservative Member of Parliament, she was born on 25 March 1979[4][5] in the Royal United Hospital, Bath. She has spent much of her life living in the Mendips, and grew up at Hinton Blewett.

She joined the Conservative Party at the unusually early age of five.[6] 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."[1]

Education[edit]

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".[7]

Career[edit]

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.[6] She later said "I didn't go to university... I knew I'd have great fun, spend my parents' money, and do very little work. I was also bored with studying."[1] In 1998, she moved with her family to Mells, near Frome in 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.[1] She has spent much time since 2002 campaigning against Britain's joining the Euro, in favour of bringing powers back to Britain, and for a No vote in a referendum on the European Constitution.

Rees-Mogg was a Conservative association ward chairman in London for the 2002 local elections.[citation needed] In the 2005 general election she came fourth in the safe Labour seat of Aberavon constituency, South Wales,[2] increasing the Conservative vote from 2,096 to 3,064,[7][2][8]

She was selected as prospective parliamentary candidate for Somerton & Frome in 2006.[6] 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.”[9] 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."[10] However, at the 2010 general election, Rees-Mogg failed to take the Somerton and Frome seat from the sitting Liberal Democrat member David Heath, who held the seat with a much increased majority.[3]

As reported in The Mail on Sunday, in advance of the 2010 election David Cameron had asked Rees-Mogg to shorten her name for political purposes to Nancy Mogg. She refused, replying that "Nancy Mogg may be shorter, but I would rather remain Annunziata Rees-Mogg."[11] This was reported widely, even in The Australian newspaper,[12] and Rees-Mogg later commented "I think it’s phoney to pretend to be someone you're not."[13] She has also noted that "When I became a journalist, they had to put my name in a specially small font to fit it on the page."[14] On Twitter, she uses the name zatzi.[15]

Personal life[edit]

In her spare time, Rees-Mogg collects trees, which she has planted in Somerset for more than a decade. She is also an opponent of the Hunting Act 2004.[13] On Iraq, she has said "I think it was a terrible mistake to invade Iraq".[1]

In September 2010 she became engaged to Matthew Glanville,[16] and on 6 November 2010 they were married in Italy at Lucca.[17] In December 2010, she announced that she was pregnant,[18] and on 8 March 2011 she gave birth to a daughter, Isadora.[19]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Hermione Eyre, New Model Tories: The Cameroons are coming, in The Independent dated 24 September 2006
  2. ^ a b c www.politicsresources.net, UK General Election results May 2005.
  3. ^ a b GENERAL ELECTION 2010: LibDems hold Somerton and Frome, dated 7 May 2010 at chardandilminsternews.co.uk
  4. ^ Charles Kidd, ed., Debrett's Peerage & Baronetage 2008, p. 1,188
  5. ^ Vicki Woods, Annunziata Rees-Mogg's surname isn't the problem for David Cameron in The Daily Telegraph dated 12 December 2009
  6. ^ a b c Guy Adams "Rees-Mogg: First family of fogeys", The Independent, 19 October 2006
  7. ^ a b John Baxter, Profile of Annunziata Rees Mogg, 9 March 2010, at wincantonwindow.co.uk
  8. ^ www.politicsresources.net, Aberavon.
  9. ^ 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
  10. ^ Melissa Kite "The softly, softly fight for the women's vote at the general election", The Sunday Telegraph, 25 October 2009
  11. ^ The Mole, Annunziata & Zac: a tale of two awkward candidates at thefirstpost.co.uk, 30 November 2009
  12. ^ Peter Wilson, Europe correspondent, Cameron's Britain is suspicious of the Conservative it may elect, in The Australian dated 13 March 2010
  13. ^ a b Andrew Gimson, s-Mogg-is-proud-to-be-true-blue.html General Election 2010: Annunziata Rees-Mogg is proud to be true blue, at telegraph.co.uk, dated 22 April 2010
  14. ^ Glen Owen, The name’s Richard Grosvenor Plunkett-Ernle-Erle-Drax... at dailymail.co.uk, dated 6 December 2009
  15. ^ zatzi at twitter.com
  16. ^ Annunziata Rees-Mogg agrees to change name at last dated Wednesday, 8 September 2010, online at thisissomerset.co.uk
  17. ^ Matthew Glanville & Annunziata Rees-Mogg at legacy.com/timesonline-uk, dated 12/11/2010, accessed 16 January 2011
  18. ^ Tim Walker, Annunziata Rees-Mogg's joy at perfect present dated 31 December 2010 at telegraph.co.uk, accessed 22 March 2011
  19. ^ "Births". The Times. 10 March 2011. p. 55.