Peterborough by-election: Annunziata Rees-Mogg, sister of Jacob, ‘to stand for Brexit Party candidate’
Annunziata Rees-Mogg, the sister of high-profile Conservative MP Jacob, is reportedly planning to throw her hat in the ring to stand as the Brexit Party candidate for the Peterborough by-election.
Ms Rees-Mogg, who was revealed as one of the high-profile Brexit Party candidates for the EU elections, wants to enter the crowded field for the June 6 by-election, according to national newspaper reports.
The by-election was triggered after MP Fiona Onasanya was recalled by her constituents after being jailed for perverting the course of justice - the first time a Recall Petition has been successfully used in the UK since coming into force in 2016.
Ms Rees-Mogg stood for the Conservatives at the 2010 General Election in Somerton and Frome but failed to take the seat.
The journalist also came fourth for the Tories in the Welsh constituency of Aberavon in 2005.
Her brother Jacob, a leading Brexiteer, is the MP for North East Somerset.
The Brexit Party is holding a rally in Peterborough tomorrow evening (Tuesday) which party leader Nigel Farage is said to be attending.
Former Labour and Respect MP George Galloway is also one of a number of candidates who have announced they will be standing in Peterborough.
Reports also suggest he is seeking the Brexit Party nomination.
The latest odds from Ladbrokes have the party as the second favourites to take the seat at odds of 5/4.
Labour Party candidate Lisa Forbes if the current favourite with Ladbrokes at evens.
Meanwhile, SDP candidate and Brexiteer Patrick O’Flynn is to formally launch his campaign on Tuesday afternoon in the Leave-voting constituency.
Ms Onasanya announced on Friday she would not be contesting the by-election.