MPs join forces to condemn activist who told Rees-Mogg kids: 'Your daddy is horrible'

Posted On: 
12th September 2018

MPs from across the political divide have flocked to support Jacob Rees-Mogg after the top Tory and his children were harangued by an angry protester.

Pro-Brexit MP Jacob Rees-Mogg has been the repeated target of abusive protesters
Paul Heartfield

Left-wing activist Ian Bone cornered the pro-Brexit MP and his family yesterday and told his kids: “Your daddy is a totally horrible person.”

The Class War activist, who wrote a book published in 2006 titled ‘Bash the Rich’, added: "Poor Nanny Crook who looks after you and wipes your bottom, she doesn't get enough money every week - daddy doesn't care."

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But colleagues from across the Commons branded his actions “sick,” “heartless” and “disgraceful”.

Deputy Labour leader Tom Watson said the attack was “utterly appalling,” adding: “It is completely unacceptable conduct to frighten and intimidate children and families.”

Lib Dem deputy leader Jo Swinson said: “What is wrong with people? It's not hard to disagree with someone without dragging their children into it.”

And Home Secretary Sajid Javid simply said: “Absolutely disgraceful.”

Other prominent MPs took to Twitter to condemn the incident, which police had to attend and which Mr Rees-Mogg played down.

“It was a small protest by anarchists which not surprisingly was disorganised, unpunctual and short lived,” the East Somerset MP told the Sun.

And he added to PoliticsHome: "People have been very kind about the protest but I don’t want to exaggerate its seriousness."



A spokesman for the Prime Minister said Mr Bone's actions were "completely unacceptable".

He added: "No elected member or their family should be subjected to intimidation or abuse in that way."

It is not the first time Mr Rees-Mogg has been targeted by protesters. Last month vandals targeted his wife’s car, while he was branded a “Nazi” and a “racist” during a university visit in February.