Stal­wart who has cared for fam­ily for more than 50 years

The Mail on Sunday - - News -

VERON­ICA Crook has worked for Ja­cob Rees-Mogg’s fam­ily since be­fore he was born. The nanny, de­scribed by the Tory MP as a ‘re­mark­able woman’ who made him the man he is to­day, was orig­i­nally hired in 1965 by jour­nal­ist Wil­liam Rees-Mogg and his wife Gil­lian to look af­ter their chil­dren.

Since then, Miss Crook, who is de­scended from Sa­muel Crook, the rec­tor who bap­tised English philoso­pher John Locke, has been ever-present for the Rees-Moggs. Nanny does not have her own chil­dren – prompt­ing Ja­cob to say

‘we are her fam­ily’. He has also likened her to Mary Pop­pins, say­ing she has ‘a bag filled with al­most ev­ery­thing that can be needed’.

Miss Crook has worked for Mr Rees-Mogg and his wife He­lena for the past 11 years, with the MP declar­ing how ‘ab­so­lutely won­der­ful’ it is that she is still car­ing for his off­spring.

‘I hear her telling them things she used to tell me,’ he said.

‘She re­minds them of the post­war 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 you get.’

He added: ‘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 ones and he never both­ered her again.’

But even Nanny once be­haved in a ‘child­like way’, he said. ‘When Veron­ica did not win the prize at Sun­day school, de­spite the best at­ten­dance record, she joined the sober Methodists.

‘Nat­u­rally, this did not last as nan­nies do like the oc­ca­sional tinc­ture of sherry.’

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