JACOB Rees-Mogg has been widely touted as a future Tory leader and possible PM despite consistently playing down and leadership ambitions.
The MP for North East Somerset recently welcomed his sixth child and has caused controversy after airing his views on abortion and gay marriage. Here's his story…
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 has batted away speculation that he would challenge Theresa May for the leadership of the party, insisting he was completely loyal to her.
Mogg said he was more likely to become POPE than PM.
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.
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."
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."Mr Rees-Mogg 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."
The leaked documents have now revealed that Mr Rees-Mogg made $680,000 (£520,000) from selling his shares in a company based in the British Virgin Islands.
He told The Sun that he did not lower his tax bill by investing in the offshore trust.
It was already known that the North East Somerset MP also owns a company called Saliston which holds property that belonged to his father.
Saliston also looks after Mr Rees-Mogg’s stake in Somerset Capital Management, an emerging markets fund he co-founded in 2007 which is managed via subsidiaries in the Cayman Islands and Singapore.
There is no suggestion that he has avoided paying tax or done anything illegal.
Since joining Instagram, his witty quips have been won him a strong legion of followers.
But like the unlikely phenomenon of Corbynistas or the Milifandom, it is Rees-Moggs online fans that have been stirring up the cult.
The “Can’t Clog the Mogg” Facebook page affectionately dubs the bespectacled Tory as “The Mogg Father”, with T-shirts on sale for fans to wear.
Another is the “Ready for Rees-Mogg” group which has gained more than 10,000 signatures on a petition for him to run for Prime Minister.
On Twitter, support is galvanised under the banner #moggmentum.
One way of describing Rees-Mogg is to say he’s the polar opposite of Jeremy Corbyn.
Politically, JC is socialist through and through while Moggfather is a Conservative to the core.
But both are similar because they are outsiders. They are individuals in a world of spin.
They mean what they say and are not willing to compromise their views to fit in.
And both oddly appear to have travelled forward in time.
Corbyn is a no-frills leftie that was commonplace in the 1970s, while Rees-Mogg, on the other hand, appears to have been transported from round about the 1920s.
Many say he is the epitome of what is known as a “young fogey”.
But true to himself he refused to tone himself down and has kept his extremely posh accent and traditional tastes that make him stand out from the crowd.
The Made in Chelsea star and this year's 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 said 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.
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