I’ve been Ja­cob Rees Mogg’s nanny for 53 years and he’s not out of touch

The Irish Mail on Sunday - - NEWS - By Bren­dan Car­lin

JA­COB REES-MOGG’S nanny to­day breaks her si­lence on fac­ing down pro­test­ers. This week, the sight of 76-year-old Veron­ica Crook rush­ing to con­front a group of pro­test­ers aligned with the group Class War as they am­bushed the Con­ser­va­tive MP’s young fam­ily out­side their home made head­lines around the world.

An ac­tivist was filmed spite­fully telling the young­ster that their fa­ther was a ‘hor­ri­ble per­son’, and that the fa­ther of six was ‘ex­ploit­ing’ Ms Crook, who has worked for Mr Rees-Mogg’s fam­ily for 53 years. Ms Crook laments a coars­en­ing of po­lit­i­cal de­bate, say­ing: ‘It’s much more in­tru­sive than when I first worked for the fam­ily.’

But given that the Brex­i­teer MP of­ten takes his chil­dren can­vass­ing, didn’t he to some ex­tent bring it on him­self? ‘No,’ said Ms Crook. ‘Ja­cob does take his chil­dren to po­lit­i­cal things but this wasn’t a po­lit­i­cal event. It was out­side the fam­ily’s front door and that is com­pletely dif­fer­ent.’

Asked whether his wealthy back­ground meant that the proBrexit Eton-ed­u­cated MP was out of touch with or­di­nary peo­ple, Ms Crooks dis­agreed.

‘That is just so un­fair,’ she says. ‘Ja­cob likes talk­ing to peo­ple from all walks of life and he’s in­ter­ested in their lives.

‘What do I think about Brexit? Out! Out! Out! is what I think.’

And what of the prospect of Boris John­son be­com­ing Bri­tish prime min­is­ter, Ms Crook replied: ‘I like him. I found him very charm­ing when Ja­cob in­vited him here.’

Charges: Nanny Veron­ica Crook with her em­ployer Ja­cob Rees-Mogg

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