77-year-old Veronica Crook has spent the last 53 years looking after the Rees-Mogg family. Ms Crook has followed Mr Rees-Mogg, MP for North East Somerset, on the campaign trail during elections and now helps to look after the six children he has with his wife Helena. She has previously been at the heart of the news agenda after she hurried to confront a group of class-war protesters after they ambushed Mr Reesmogg and his family outside their central London home last year.
But now, Ms Crook is in a “tug of love” after Annunziata Rees-Mogg claimed her brother had “stolen her” and threatens to come between the two Brexiteers.
Ms Rees-Mogg said: “Nanny will, for the rest of her days, be my nanny as well as his.
“But he has just stolen her, which is very unfair.
“All of us grew up with Nanny in the house and she was a huge influence on all of us.”
Jacob responded by saying: “I plead guilty to stealing Nanny but, in mitigation, I did have first call as I had children before my sister did.”
Annunziata Rees-Mogg burst back onto the political scene on Friday when she spoke at the launch of Nigel Farage’s new Brexit Party.
She announced she was quitting the Tories to become one of Mr Farage’s 70 candidates standing in the European elections.
Ms Rees-Mogg blasted Theresa May as “the worst Prime Minister in the Conservative Party’s history”.
She accused the Prime Minister of failing to match up to her political idol, former Conservative leader Margaret Thatcher.
She also slated her former party for trying to “de-toff” her name to “Nancy Mogg”.
Speaking at the launch of the Brexit Party’s Euro campaign at a factory in Coventry, Ms Rees-Mogg told cheering supporters: “I joined the Conservative Party in 1984 and this is not a decision I have made lightly – to leave a party for which I have fought at every election since 1987, from Maggie Thatcher through to Theresa May.”
She added: “The point at which our Prime Minister will not listen, not only to her membership but will not listen to the people of her country I can’t sit by and let her do it.
“We’ve got to rescue our democracy, we have got to show that the people of this country have a say in how we are run.
“That the politicians are not our masters – they are to do our bidding.”
Ms Rees-Mogg twice stood unsuccessfully as a Conservative general election candidate.
Her brother expressed his regret at her decision to leave the party.
Mr Rees-Mogg said: “The Brexit Party is fortunate to have such a high-calibre candidate but I am sorry that Annunziata has left the Conservative Party.”
Freelance journalist Ms Rees-Mogg, 40, said: “We both have the same objective. We want to bring back control both of our democracy and our country to the British people. He sees one way of doing it, I see a different one. We see things differently.”