Jacob Rees-Mogg’s nanny has worked for the family for 52 years where she is still bringing up the second generation today – while somehow finding time to cook the MP his supper.
Veronica Crook, 75, once famously campaigned in his 1997 general election bid for Central Fife with Mr Rees-Mogg in his mother’s Mercedes.
She was initially hired by Jacob’s parents in 1965 after the birth of their second daughter Charlotte, to look after his sisters before Jacob was even born.
Jacob Rees-Mogg’s nanny (pictured together in 2000) has worked for the family for 52 years
She showed just how comfortable she is with the family after 50 years by joining the Rees-Moggs in wrestling their children away from the Class War activists last night.
She regularly takes pride of place in the family photo albums. She was even portrayed in three comedy sketches on BBC show Tracey Ullman Breaks The News in June this year.
Mr Rees-Mogg himself has described her as being like Mary Poppins, with ‘a bag filled with almost anything that can be needed.’ He credits with making him the man that he is today.
She remains ‘on duty’ for the MP for North East Somerset, now looking after their sixth child Sixtus, born in July last year.
She remains ‘on duty’ for the MP for North East Somerset, now looking after their sixth child Sixtus, born in July last year
Activist Ian Bone (right, in the flat cap) was filmed accosting the Rees-Mogg family and telling the children that their father doesn’t pay their nanny Veronica Crook (in black) ‘very much’ because he was too busy ‘posing as a Latin eating, gut-orientated toff’
He told MailOnline at the time: ‘Nanny is still looking after the children, which is absolutely wonderful as I hear her telling them things she used to tell me.
‘She reminds them of the post-war rationing. So if they have great dollops of butter on their toast, she says that would have been a week’s ration. I love that, the historic continuity that you get.’
Mr Rees-Mogg himself only dared to guess that her real age was ‘in her seventies’. He said she does not have a family of her own, but adds ‘we are her family.’
He continued: ‘She’s the most remarkable woman and as you can imagine, incredibly good with children – but she might say it’s jolly hard work.’
Previously, Miss Crook has described the young Jacob’s behaviour as ‘perfect – or for most of the time perfect’.
Mr Rees-Mogg with his nanny
‘He wasn’t really naughty, he was a one-off,’ she said in 2015. She added: ‘He did his own thing, he didn’t copy. He had that sort of attitude.’
Mr Rees-Mogg has also previously described his nanny’s bond with his family as rare, and he said that she provides a ‘continuity and stability’ that is of ‘inestimable value for the child and, indeed, the man’.
Miss Crook, from Somerset, is a descendant of Rector Samuel Crooke who baptised English philosopher John Locke.
She worked for one family before joining the Rees-Moggs at their country manor, Gournay Court in 1965.
Mr Rees-Mogg recalls how his children get to hear the same stories as he did.
He describes her as having a ‘great mental library’ of fairy stories and nursery rhymes with a charm ‘even beyond that of Peppa Pig’.
He told the Telegraph: ‘My children never tire of hearing about the bully who stole Nanny’s sandwiches at school. The next day her mother sent her in with mustard sandwiches and he never bothered her again.
‘They learn, too, that even nannies once behaved in a childlike way: when Veronica did not win the prize at Sunday school, despite the best attendance record, she left and joined the sober Methodists. Naturally, this did not last forever, as nannies do like the occasional tincture of sherry.’
The three clearly stunned youngsters stood while their parents tried to usher them inside, but they still heard the full bullying rant demanding that the protesters know how much their nanny Veronica Crook (above in black) is paid