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Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds to marry, as couple announce she is pregnant

2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围app The announcement of their forthcoming wedding means Mr Johnson will become the first Prime Minister to marry in office for 200 years

Carrie Symonds posted a picture of the couple on Instagram to announce the news 
Carrie Symonds posted a picture of the couple on Instagram to announce the news 

The Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his girlfriend Carrie Symonds are expecting their first child and have announced their engagement.

The couple said their child would be born in the early summer and revealed they got engaged at the end of last year.

A spokesperson for the couple made an official announcement this afternoon, saying: "The Prime Minister and Ms Symonds are very pleased to announce their engagement and that they are expecting a baby in the early summer."

Ms Symonds, 31, then posted a message on Instagram admitting she had kept the news of her engagement secret until now, saying: “I wouldn’t normally post this kind of thing on here but I wanted my friends to find out from me.

“Many of you already know, but for my friends that still don’t, we got engaged at the end of last year . . . and we’ve got a baby hatching early summer. Feel incredibly blessed.”

The couple enjoyed a luxury Caribbean vacation in Mustique at the end of December last year.

The announcement of their forthcoming wedding means Mr Johnson will become the first Prime Minister to marry in office for nearly 200 years.

2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appMr Johnson and Marina Wheeler, a barrister, reached a divorce settlement in February.

Ms Symonds became the first unmarried partner of a Prime Minister to live in Downing Street when she moved into No. 10 in July last year, on Mr Johnson becoming Conservative Party leader.

Ms Symonds is expected to continue to work on her environmental projects. It was revealed last week that Ms Symonds had hired former ITN communications chief Sarah Vaughan-Brown, 45, as her personal adviser. It is understood that she will be helping Ms Symonds with her growing charity interests.

Government ministers, MPs and friends congratulated the couple on social media.

Sajid Javid, who previously employed Ms Symonds as a special adviser and quit as chancellor earlier this month, was among MPs congratulating the couple on Twitter.

2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appHe said: "Congratulations @carriesymonds @BorisJohnson wonderful news!"

2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appThe former Scottish Conservatives leader Ruth Davidson wrote on Twitter: "Congratulations to Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds."  

Among others congratulating Ms Symonds on Instagram was Alastair Stewart, the former ITN newsreader.

Henry Newman, a senior advisor at the Cabinet Office, said: “Congratulations! So exciting!”

2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appMs Symonds’s close friend and FGM campaigner Nimko Ali said: “Congrats. Love you both and so happy for you”

2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appHer close friend and former parliamentary candidate James Baker who has accompanied her during many of her big moments, wrote: “Just the very best news and so happy for you all, so excited for the new arrival! Dylan is going to be an amazing big brother. Love you all so much!”

2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appSiobhain Ballie, her friend and new MP, said “yippee! Congratulations. welcome to the magical bump gang”

The new arrival at Downing Street will be the third baby born to a serving Prime Minister in recent history.

2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appCharlotte, James and even Winston are said to be the bookies' favourites for potential baby names. The couple already share a dog, Dilyn, who the PM said helped keep his stress down during last December's election campaign.

Tony Blair's wife Cherie gave birth to son Leo in May 2000, three years after her husband's first election victory.

Conservative prime minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha welcomed daughter Florence Rose Endellion Cameron into the world in 2010, three months after Mr Cameron had formed a coalition government with the Liberal Democrats after that year's general election produced a hung parliament.

The last babies born to prime ministers before Leo and Florence arrived more than 150 years ago.

Ms Symonds first came to public prominence when it emerged that she was in a relationship with Mr Johnson, who at the time was still married but separated from his second wife, Marina Wheeler, with whom he has two daughters and two sons.

Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds visit Neasden Temple Credit: i-Images

2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appThe couple have chosen to live at the larger four-bedroom flat at No 11 Downing Street instead of the smaller two-bedroom official residence at No 10.

2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appMs Symmonds has maintained a relatively low profile since moving into No. 10, although she was photographed among the PM’s staff welcoming him to Downing Street last July - leading to the pink and red floral midi dress she was wearing selling out within hours.  

In June last year police were called in the early hours to the home in Camberwell, south London, which Ms Symmonds was at the time sharing with Mr Johnson, after a neighbour heard screaming during an apparent row between the couple.

2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appMs Symonds’ association with Mr Johnson dates back to when she worked on his successful re-election bid as London Mayor in 2012.

She has long been at the heart of the ‘Westminster bubble’ having worked behind the scenes as special adviser to Sajid Javid during his time as Communities Secretary, following a similar stint with John Whittingdale's when he presided over the Department of Culture, Media and Sport.

She also worked on Zac Goldsmith's failed attempt to succeed Mr Johnson as London Mayor.

Ms Symonds joined the Conservatives’ media operation in 2009, first as a press adviser, then head of broadcast at Conservative Campaign Headquarters ahead of the 2015 general election.

2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appBefore entering the world of political PR, she had several jobs in commercial communications and marketing.

She grew up in south west London and attended Godolphin & Latymer girls school in Hammersmith, before graduating from the University of Warwick with a bachelor's degree in theatre studies and history of art in 2009.

Only two of Britain’s 54 prime ministers since 1721 have been divorced, and only Augustus Henry FitzRoy, premier from 1768 to 1770, remarried in office.

Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds to marry, as couple announce she is pregnant