Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds announce birth of son


Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his fiancee Carrie Symonds have announced the birth of a son.

A spokeswoman for the PM and his partner said both mother and baby are “doing very well”.

It is understood the PM, who has just recovered from coronavirus, was present throughout the birth, in a London hospital.

“The PM and Ms Symonds would like to thank the fantastic NHS maternity team,” the spokeswoman added.

Mr Johnson, 55, and Ms Symonds, 32, announced in March that they were expecting a baby in “early summer”, and that they had become engaged at the end of last year.

They are the first unmarried couple to move into Downing Street together.

Mr Johnson returned to work on Monday, after a battle with coronavirus which saw him spend three nights in intensive care. Ms Symonds also suffered symptoms of the disease.

The baby is Ms Symonds’ first child, while Mr Johnson is known to have fathered five.

‘Wonderful news’

The prime minister’s father, Stanley Johnson, told the PA news agency he was “absolutely delighted” and “thrilled” by the birth of his grandson.

Mr Johnson’s Conservative colleagues have also been congratulating the couple on social media, with Health Secretary Matt Hancock saying: “So thrilled for Boris and Carrie. Wonderful to have a moment of unalloyed joy!”

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer also offered his congratulations on the “wonderful news”.

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon tweeted: “Some good news – sending congratulations to Carrie and the PM. And wishing health and happiness to the wee one.

‘Blessing and happiness’

Arlene Foster, the First Minister of Northern Ireland, congratulated the couple, adding: “More sleepless nights ahead!”

Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle congratulated the couple “on behalf of everyone in the House of Commons,” adding: “Such happy news amid so much uncertainty – 2020 is certainly a year they will never forget.”

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, tweeted his congratulations and prayers for the couple. “as they welcome their son into the world”.

“Wishing them every blessing and happiness,” he added.

David and Samantha Cameron with new baby
The Camerons welcomed a new arrival in Downing Street in 2010

There was speculation that Mr Johnson would take part in his first Prime Minister’s Questions since recovering from coronavirus later on Wednesday.

But his place will be taken Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who has been deputising for him.

The PM has previously indicated he will take paternity leave but it is not known if his plans have changed, in light of the coronavirus emergency.

The new arrival is the third baby born to a serving prime minister in recent history.

Tony Blair’s wife Cherie gave birth to son Leo in May 2000, three years after her husband’s first election victory, and David Cameron and wife Samantha welcomed daughter Florence in 2010.

Credit : BBC


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