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The Eton-educated Conservative MP, 52, is due to answer questions in the House of Commons today. The Commons leader faced calls to resign yesterday after a video emerged of him joking about the Government’s Covid restrictions. Speaking at a think tank event, Mr Rees-Mogg can be heard saying it will not be “investigated by the police in a year’s time”. His comments appeared to reference the Christmas party scandal surrounding Downing Street, which has seen investigations launched into three separate events.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s former aide Allegra Stratton resigned on Wednesday after a video emerged of her joking about the Covid restrictions.
Mr Rees-Mogg has developed a reputation for making outspoken remarks over the years, many of which have drawn on his love of history.
The politician, who studied the subject at Trinity College, Oxford, has also taken his passion for the past into the naming of his six children, with his wife Helena de Chair.
In 2017 he told the Mirror: “I love having lots of children, we have as many as possible, but as Helena does all the hard work, I think six will be it.”
The couple’s eldest child, Peter Theodore Alphege, 14, is affectionately known as ‘mini-Mogg’ as he has previously been pictured alongside his father wearing similar suits.
The name Alphege is a Christian reference to the Archbishop of Canterbury – the Rees-Moggs are Catholic.
Alphege was martyred in the Eleventh Century for refusing to pay the Danegeld, a tax paid during Viking times to stop the land being raided.
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The name was the original title for the Archbishop of Canterbury.
Mr Rees-Mogg told the Mirror: “He’s a sort of tax martyr.”
Mary Anne Charlotte Emma, 12, is perhaps the least eccentrically named of all the Rees-Mogg clan.
She is named after Mr Rees-Mogg’s three sisters, Emma, Charlotte and Annunziata Mary.
Her younger brother, Thomas Wentworth Somerset Dunstan, 11, is named after Mr Rees-Mogg’s brother, Thomas.
He is named after Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford, a distant relative of his mother Helena.
He served King Charles I during the English Civil War but was executed after he tried to get the royalty to have greater power over Parliament.
The name Wentworth also lives on in Helena’s ancestral family home Wentworth Woodhouse in South Yorkshire.
The property is England’s largest private home and served as the inspiration for Jane Austen’s Pemberley.
Thomas’ other name, Somerset, is a nod to Helena’s aristocratic father, Somerset de Chair, the poet and MP.
Meanwhile, Dunstan refers to the Christian saint who was Archbishop of Canterbury in the 10th Century.
The Rees-Moggs drew on the title of yet another Archbishop of Canterbury for their fourth child, Anselm Charles Fitzwilliam, nine.
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Anselm, an acclaimed Italian philosopher, sparred with King William II over a number of issues at the turn of the Twelfth Century.
Charles is also taken from another of Helena’s ancestors, Charles Watson-Wentworth, the second Marquess of Rockingham.
He enjoyed a brief stint as Prime Minister during the Eighteenth Century and bequeathed a massive fortune.
Fitzwilliam is after the Marquess’ nephew William Fitzwilliam, an Earl who inherited Wentworth Woodhouse.
Mr Rees-Mogg’s second-youngest son Alfred Wulfric Leyson Pius, five, is named after Alfred the Great, the Anglo-Saxon King.
Wulfric is taken from the hermit saint Wulfric, born in 1080, while Leyson is after Louis Leyson Rees-Mogg, a relative who died at the Battle of Gallipoli during World War 1.
Pius meanwhile comes from Pope Pius IX.
The youngest of the Rees-Mogg family, Sixtus Dominic Boniface Christopher, four, was born in 2017.
Like his older brother, his name also has papal origins after Pope Sixtus II from the Third Century.
Dominic, Boniface and Christopher were all saints, with the latter also a family name.
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