Jacob Rees-Mogg visits Bristol cinema to watch Downton Abbey before jetting off in vintage Bentley


Jacob Rees-Mogg has been pictured enjoying a day out at a Bristol cinema with his family. The tory grandee made a fleeting trip to Hengrove Cineworld today (May 3) before piling his wife and children in the back of his vintage Bentley.

The North East Somerset MP stepped away from his ministerial duties to catch the new Downtown Abbey film. According to the Mirror, onlookers claim Mogg even stood to salute God Save The King during the 11am showing of the film.

After leaving by a side door, the MP was spotted climbing into his 1968 T-Series. He piled his wife, Helena de Chair, 45, and three of his kids into the back of the grey £20,000 motor before heading home.

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The Brexit minister was spotted alongside his eldest son, Peter Theodore Alphege, who is affectionately known as “mini-Mogg” for sharing his father’s sartorial style. The family’s cinema trip comes as their home life in Somerset has been described as the “Bash Street Kids running rings around Lord Snooty in The Beano” by a Sunday Times journalist.



Jacob Rees-Mogg and his family entering their car

Nick Rufford who went to interview the MP at Gournay Court says it was like stepping back in time. He said that he found that every time they started talking seriously about a subject the MP was upstaged by one of his children running around.

Despite them employing his own nanny Veronica Crook to care for his brood, the five children aged, aged from four to 13 from ‘cannonballed’ around the gardens. Jacob Rees-Mogg said his eldest child Peter wasn’t there because he is a boarder at Eton.

Citing the 20mph speed limits through Somerset villages where he lives, the MP said: “Twenty-mile-an-hour limits are ridiculous. They simply obstruct the flow of traffic.

“People are in favour of them when they are proposed, and later realise how annoying they are. It’s a microcosm of politics generally: opinion polls suggest something would be popular and once you put it into practice it isn’t.”

It comes after Mogg urged people to stop making motorists’ lives harder, adding there ‘is not going to be public transport’ into Bristol from rural areas. “My general view is that I wish people would stop pillorying the motorist,” he told BristolLive in an exclusive interview. “My constituents in North East Somerset are almost all motorists and at every turn people seem to be trying to make their life harder and I feel strongly against that.”

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