2022-11-25 12:35:39

Jacob Rees-Mogg: 25 years ago he campaigned for votes in Fife with his nanny

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Fife Free Press
By Allan Crow

The then 27-year old was handed the toughest patch as a rookie candidate which took him across Glenrothes and Leven in 1997.

Wherever he went he was trailed by the media who were fascinated by the exceptionally posh, immaculately turned out, polite gent from London, seeking a first foothold in his political career.

His chances were, to be honest, non-existent. Back then, Central Fife was a Labour heartland, and he was up against two formidable opponents - sitting MP Henry McLeish who went on to be First Minister, and future MSP and Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament, Tricia Marwick, standing for the SNP for a second time.

The ballot also included Ross Laird for the Lib Dems, and Johnny Wedderburn-Scrimgeour for the Referendum Party.

Mogg certainly put in the effort door knocking, although he did himself no favours buy not attending the first public hustings, citing work commitments for his non-appearance.

The gulf between the would-be politician and the people was only underlined when he was joined on the campaign trail by his father, William Rees-Mogg, editor of The Times, and one time High Sheriff of Somerset.

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