Annunziata Rees-Mogg

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Annunziata Rees-Mogg
Born
Annunziate Rees-Mogg

(1979-03-25) 25 March 1979 (age 39)
Bath, Somerset, England
NationalityBritish
OccupationJournalist
Spouse(s)
Matthew Glanville (m. 2010)
Children1
RelativesWilliam Rees-Mogg (father)
Jacob Rees-Mogg (brother)

Annunziata Mary Glanville (née Rees-Mogg; born 25 March 1979) is an English freelance journalist whose focus is 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 an occasional contributor to the BBC.

Active in Conservative politics, she was added to the party's A-List by David Cameron.[1] She was unsuccessful in her run as a Conservative parliamentary candidate in the 2005 and 2010 general elections.[2][3]

Life and career[edit]

Early life and education[edit]

The daughter of the late William Rees-Mogg, a former editor of The Times, and his wife Gillian Shakespeare Morris, she is the youngest sister of Jacob Rees-Mogg. She was born on 25 March 1979[4][5] in the Royal United Hospital, Bath. She spent much of her early life living in the Mendips, and grew up at Hinton Blewett.[citation needed]

She joined the Conservative Party at the 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]

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, 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.[citation needed]

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.[2][7][8]

She was selected as prospective parliamentary candidate for Somerton and 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.[3]

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 claimed was "a joke".[11] She refused, replying that "Nancy Mogg may be shorter, but I would rather remain Annunziata Rees-Mogg."[12] This was reported widely, even in The Australian newspaper,[13] and Rees-Mogg later commented "I think it’s phoney to pretend to be someone you're not."[14] 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."[15]

Personal life[edit]

She is an opponent of the Hunting Act 2004.[14] On the invasion of Iraq, she has said "I think it was a terrible mistake".[1]

In September 2010 she was engaged to Matthew Glanville,[16] and on 6 November 2010 they were married in Italy at Lucca.[17] Four months later, on 8 March 2011, she gave birth to a daughter, Isadora,[18] who was subsequently christened in St Martin's Church, Welton le Marsh.[19]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Eyre, Hermione, "New Model Tories: The Cameroons are coming", The Independent, 24 September 2006.
  2. ^ a b c UK General Election results May 2005, politicsresources.net.
  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. ^ Woods, Vicki. 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, wincantonwindow.co.uk, 9 March 2010.
  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. ^ Kite, Melissa. "The softly, softly fight for the women's vote at the general election", The Sunday Telegraph, 25 October 2009
  11. ^ Andrew Neil. "Posh and Posher: Why Public School Boys Run Britain." BBC Two. 19 February 2011. Clip available online.
  12. ^ The Mole, Annunziata & Zac: a tale of two awkward candidates at thefirstpost.co.uk, 30 November 2009
  13. ^ Peter Wilson, Europe correspondent, Cameron's Britain is suspicious of the Conservative it may elect, in The Australian dated 13 March 2010
  14. ^ a b Gimson, Andrew (2010-04-22). "General Election 2010: Annunziata Rees-Mogg is proud to be true blue". The Daily Telegraph. Archived from the original on 2010-05-04.
  15. ^ Glen Owen, "The name's Richard Grosvenor Plunkett-Ernle-Erle-Drax...", dailymail.co.uk, 6 December 2009.
  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. ^ "Births". The Times. 10 March 2011. p. 55.
  19. ^ About Matthew Glanville at www.matthewglanville.com, accessed 5 July 2018