Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his partner Carrie Symonds wave from the steps of number 10 Downing Street in London. Picture: AP
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his partner Carrie Symonds wave from the steps of number 10 Downing Street in London. Picture: AP

British PM Boris Johnson and girlfriend Carrie Symonds expecting first child - reports

By Reuters Time of article published Feb 29, 2020

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London - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his girlfriend Carrie Symonds are expecting their first child together, British media reported on Saturday.

Johnson, 55, and Symonds, 31, have also got engaged to be married.

The announcement means the Conservative Johnson, who took office in July and won a decisive election victory in December, will become the first British prime minister to marry in office for 250 years, the Telegraph newspaper said.

The Sun newspaper quoted a Downing Street source as saying "Boris and Carrie are both delighted at this news. They have both known for a while but have kept it under wraps until the pregnancy progressed."

"It partly explains why he has been lying low recently - although he works flat out and that won’t change. Carrie is thrilled and she will also continue to work on her environmental projects," the paper quoted the source as saying.

According to Sky News, The pair have been living together in 10 Downing Street since July and have adopted a dog, Dilyn.

After the news broke, former chancellor Sajid Javid, who resigned after a dispute with Johnson, congratulated the couple on Twitter, saying it is "wonderful news".

Former Scottish Conservatives leader Ruth Davidson also took to social media following the announcement, writing: "Congratulations to Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds."

Recent British prime ministers' wives have had babies while their husbands were in office

Former Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron's wife Samantha had a baby daughter, Florence, in 2010.

Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair's wife Cherie had a son, Leo, in 2000.

Reuters

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