Mr Tugendhat, 46, MP for Tonbridge and Malling and chairman of the House of Commons’ Foreign Affairs Committee, caught Ms Rees-Mogg’s attention with a lighthearted tweet he posted yesterday. He said: “After 24 hours alone with two children we have achieved: Meals eaten – 3; Teeth brushed – 50 (+/-); Sleep – 10 hours (them); Baths shared – 1; Laundry loaded – 1; Nappies changed – 4; Cows seen – 10+; Work done – 0.” Fervent Brexiteer Ms Rees-Mogg, 40, responded: “Is it just me, or do most mums (and dads) just get on with normal parenting without expecting applause?
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“I thought basic nurturing of your own children was part of the deal being a parent.”
Clearly irked, Mr Tugendhat replied: “It is but why does sharing something so completely innocuous and lighthearted get you so riled? It’s not expecting applause just sharing.”
Ms Rees-Mogg responded: “Because you make it sound like an achievement.
“For most of us it’s just life – with work and everything else on top. Perhaps your tone hasn’t translated via Twitter.”
However, Twitter users were quick to claim Ms Rees-Mogg employed the services of a nanny, as does her brother, with both having been cared for one as children.
Her tweet attracted more than 500 replies, the majority of them quite scathing of Ms Rees-Mogg.
One replied: “Your brother boasts of having never changed a nappy.
“Rather than abusing fathers who are fully involved in the care of their children perhaps turn your ire closer to home?”
Another added: “It’s just you. Most people would view this as at least harmless and for those of us who’ve brought up families without the help of nannies and a cast of thousands, it might even raise a smile.”
However, mother-of-two Ms Rees-Mogg was not without her supporters.
One said: “It’s a man thing @zatzi, remember we have a sign saying men at work, women just get on with it without fuss and applause.”
A second observed: “I think stuff like this is actually really damaging for equal opportunities and shared parenting. “Like a dad looking after his children is a bit of a novelty but he’ll be safely back in the office soon.”
Earlier this year, the Rees-Mogg siblings were reported to be in a dispute over Veronica Crook, the 77-year-old who nurtured them both as children and who has worked for the family for 53 years.
She told the Mail on Sunday: “Nanny will, for the rest of her days, be my nanny as well as his.
“But he has just stolen her, which is very unfair! All of us grew up with Nanny in the house and she was a huge influence on all of us.”
Mr Rees-Mogg responded: “I plead guilty to stealing Nanny but, in mitigation, I did have first call as I had children before my sister did.”
There is no word yet as to whether Ms Rees-Mogg has yet found a replacement for Ms Crook.