Jacob Rees-Mogg is a British politician who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for North East Somerset since 2010. A member of the hard right wing of the Conservative Party, he has been ideologically characterised as a High Tory and social conservative with reactionary, traditionalist, and right-wing populist views.
Rees-Mogg was born to a wealthy family in Hammersmith, London, and was educated at Dragon School and Eton College. He studied History at Trinity College, Oxford, and was president of the Oxford University Conservative Association.
He worked in the City of London for Lloyd George Management until 2007. He then co-founded hedge fund management business Somerset Capital Management LLP. Rees-Mogg amassed a significant fortune: in 2016, he and his wife had a combined net worth estimated at more than £100 million.
Moving into politics, he unsuccessfully contested the 1997 and 2001 general elections before being elected MP for North East Somerset in 2010. He was re-elected in 2015 and 2017. Within the Conservative Party, he joined the traditionalist and socially conservative Cornerstone Group; his views on social issues were influenced by his adherence to Roman Catholicism.
Under David Cameron’s government, he was one of the Conservatives’ most rebellious MPs, opposing the government on issues such as the introduction of same-sex marriage and further intervention in the Syrian Civil War.
He became known for his speeches and filibustering in parliamentary debates. He proposed a Conservative coalition with the UK Independence Party, and made regular television appearances.
A Eurosceptic, he campaigned for Brexit in the 2016 referendum on membership of the European Union and subsequently joined pro-Brexit pressure groups Leave Means Leave and the European Research Group, becoming chair of the latter. He attracted support through the social media campaign Moggmentum and due to his party popularity has since been touted as a potential successor to Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May.
Rees-Mogg is a controversial figure in British politics. He has been praised as a conviction politician whose upper-class mannerisms and consciously traditionalist attitudes are entertaining; he has been dubbed the “Honourable Member for the 18th century”.
Book Jacob Rees Mogg to speak at your next event or conference with the Champions Speakers agency, contact us via email@example.com or speak to a booking agent directly on 0207 1010 553.