Annunziata Rees-Mogg

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The Honourable
Annunziata Rees-Mogg
Born (1979-03-25) 25 March 1979 (age 38)
Bath, England, UK
Nationality British
Occupation Journalist
Spouse(s) Matthew Glanville
Children 1
Relatives William Rees-Mogg (father)
Jacob Rees-Mogg (brother)

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]

Early life[edit]

The daughter of the late William Rees-Mogg, a former editor of The Times and a Conservative life peer, and his wife Gillian Shakespeare Morris, she is 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 spent much of her 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]

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, 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. 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]

Personal life[edit]

In her spare time, she collects trees, which she has planted in Somerset for more than a decade. She is 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,[15] and on 6 November 2010 they were married in Italy at Lucca.[16]

In December 2010, she announced she was pregnant,[17] and on 8 March 2011 she gave birth to a daughter, Isadora.[18]

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. ^ 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...", dailymail.co.uk, 6 December 2009.
  15. ^ Annunziata Rees-Mogg agrees to change name at last dated Wednesday, 8 September 2010, online at thisissomerset.co.uk
  16. ^ Matthew Glanville & Annunziata Rees-Mogg at legacy.com/timesonline-uk, dated 12/11/2010, accessed 16 January 2011
  17. ^ Tim Walker, Annunziata Rees-Mogg's joy at perfect present dated 31 December 2010 at telegraph.co.uk, accessed 22 March 2011
  18. ^ "Births". The Times. 10 March 2011. p. 55.