Jacob Rees-Mogg and his family were targeted by left-wing protestors outside their Westminster home on Wednesday, with activists shouting at his children: “your daddy is a totally horrible person”.
Police stood between protesters from the group Class War and the Tory MP, who was in the street with his wife, their nanny, and four of their six children outside their £5.6m property in Westminster.
A video, which was posted by the Class War group on Facebook, shows one of the protestors shouting directly at the arch Brexiteer’s children.
“Lots of people don’t like your daddy, you know that?” the man can be heard to say, adding: “No, he’s probably not told you about that. Lots of people hate him.” He adds: “Your daddy is a totally horrible person.”
Rees-Mogg, an Old Etonian who is on the right of the Conservative Party, leads the pro-Brexit Tory faction of MPs known as the European Research Group (ERG).
A controversial politician, the MP for North East Somerset has also been a vocal supporter of zero-hours contracts and voted against same-sex marriage.
In the video, the lead activist also accused Rees-Mogg’s nanny of having Stockholm Syndrome – a condition which sees kidnapping victims develop an affection for their captor – and said the MP was failing to pay the family’s nanny the national living wage.
Asking how much Rees-Mogg pays his nanny, the man told the children: “Daddy doesn’t pay her very much.”
The nanny, whose name is Veronica Crook, has worked for the MP’s family for more than 50 years and can be heard telling the protesters she was “very happy”, Rees-Mogg had been “wonderful” and “he’s got an apartment down here for me.”
The incident has sparked anger from people on the right and left of the political spectrum.
Number 10 has called the incident “completely unacceptable”.
A spokesman added: “No elected member or their family should be subjected to intimidation or abuse in that way.”
Deputy Labour leader Tom Watson meanwhile called the incident “appalling”.