Left wing activists have been criticised after ambushing Jacob Rees-Mogg and his family outside their home in London, telling his children their father was hated and a “horrible person”.
Class activists accosted Mr Rees-Mogg and his family at their home in Westminster on Thursday evening before launching a tirade against the Conservative MP, branding him a “slave owner” because of his long standing family nanny.
Ian Bone, founder of anarchist group Class War, was filmed shouting at Mr Rees-Mogg’s children: “Your daddy is a totally horrible person. A lot of people don’t like your daddy, you know that.
“No he’s probably not told you about that. A lot of people hate him.”
Following the exchange both Downing Street and Labour MP’s, including deputy party leader Tom Watson, have condemned the demonstration.
A spokesman for Theresa May tonight said: “It is completely unacceptable, no elected member or their family should be subjected to intimidation or abuse in that way”.
Mr Watson called the protest “utterly appalling”, adding: “It is completely unacceptable conduct to frighten and intimidate children and families”.
Yvette Cooper tweeted: “Leave the kids out of it. Don’t care what your views on Jacob Rees-Mogg, it is disgraceful to target his family, and shameful when politics becomes personal abuse. Children & family are never fair game”.
Class War was founded by Mr Bone in 1983 who today told The Daily Telegraph he thought it was “absolutely brilliant” that Labour MPs had criticised the demonstration.
Responding to Mr Watson’s tweet the 71-year-old said: “I think that’s brilliant, it just shows that Tories and Labour are all the same and we need to build something much more threatening and radical for the left of Labour. I think think that’s absolutely brilliant that they’ve all come out condemning it.”
Criticism of the protest was widely seen on social media, many claiming it was not acceptable to involve children in the exchange, however Mr Bone, the son of a butler, said the blame laid with the Conservative MP.
“We knew nanny would be there, we didn’t expect the kids to be there, we thought they would be at school in Somerset,” he said. “But Rees chose to bring the children out, I suspect to soften the edges of the argument.” he claimed.
During the exchange police officers were noticeably present, however Metropolitan police today confirmed that no action was being taken and that the uniformed police were Mr Rees-Mogg’s protection officers.
Class War staged the protest after labelling Mr Rees-Mogg a “slave owner” because of his alleged treatment of their long-serving nanny Veronica Crook.
During the confrontation Mr Bone claimed to the children: “Daddy won’t say how much he pays your nanny, his nanny who looks after you. Daddy doesn’t pay her very much,” adding that Ms Cook was suffering from Stockholm syndrome.
He today stood by the accusations saying: “He is [a slave owner] isn’t he. She’s been employed there for 53 years, doesn’t have a life or her own, doesn’t have a family of her own.
Rees chose to bring the children out, I suspect to soften the edges of the argument
Ian Bone, founder of Class War
“She looks after his six kids, when he comes home late from parliament she makes him his supper, she doesn’t even know what hours she works. When we asked where she lives, she had to ask Rees-Mogg,” he claimed.
Alongside Mr Bone were a handful of other activists, identified on social media as Jane Nicholl and Adam Clifford.
Class War have held a number of protests including the injustice for the residents of Grenfell Tower, where Mr Bone was once a resident in the 80s.
He was also taken to the High Court by Qatari royal family, owner of The Shard, in February this year to stop his protests before their lawyers withdrew their threat of an injunction against him.
Mr Rees-Mogg appeared unconcerned about the confrontation, telling LBC tonight: “It was a few anarchists who turned up and it wasn’t very well organised and it wasn’t terribly serious”. He added that whilst he would have preferred the protest hadn’t taken place his children were “absolutely fine”.