Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds, who are engaged, were very happy to announce the birth of their son. In a statement, a spokesperson said: “The Prime Minister and Ms Symonds are thrilled to announce the birth of a healthy baby boy at a London hospital earlier this morning. Both mother and baby are doing very well. The Prime Minister and Ms Symonds would like to thank the fantastic NHS maternity team.”
How many prime ministers have had babies while in office?
Few British prime ministers have had a baby while in office, albeit it seems to be more common in recent years.
David Cameron’s wife, Samantha, gave birth to their daughter Florence, in 2010 while Mr Cameron was in office.
Former Labour leader and Prime Minister Tony Blair also welcomed the arrival of a child in 2006 when his wife Cherie gave birth to their son Leo.
Before that, Frances, the wife of John Russell, a 19th-century Whig pound Liberal politician, gave birth to two children in 1848 and 1849 – both while he was still in office.
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How long have Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds been together?
Ms Symonds, 32, was born on March 17, 1988, and grew up in south-west London.
She is the daughter of Matthew Symonds, who is the co-founder of The Independent newspaper, and Josephine Mcaffe.
Ms Symonds is a former Conservative Party aide who used to the head the party’s communications.
She has reportedly been dating the Prime Minister since 2018.
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The couple used to live together in her Brunswick Park flat in Camberwell, south-east London, before moving into No 10 after Mr Johnson became Prime Minister – becoming the first unmarried couple to do so.
The couple revealed that they were expecting a baby on the same day they announced their engagement on February 29.
In an Instagram post, Ms Symonds wrote: “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.”
The Instagram post was accompanied by a photograph of her and Mr Johnson together.
The arrival of their new son is Ms Symonds’ first child, while it is understood to be Mr Johnson’s sixth time entering fatherhood.
He has four children with his ex-wife, acclaimed barrister Marina Wheeler, whom he divorced from this year.
Lara Lettice, 26, is Mr Johnson’s oldest child and works as a writer and broadcaster.
Milo Arthur, 24, is Mr Johnson’s second child and oldest son and graduated from London’s School of Oriental and African Studies in 2014.
His third child is Cassie Peaches Johnson, 22, who also has worked as a writer and was student editor of the Highgate School’s alumni magazine, Cholmeleian.
Mr Johnson’s youngest child with Ms Wheeler is Theodore, 20, who is understood to have been studying at the University of Cambridge before the lockdown began.
His fifth child is reported to be Stephanie, who was born out of an extra-marital affair with art advisor Helen Macintyre in 2009.
The Prime Minister and his four children are understood to be estranged from Stephanie.
Ms Symonds is the youngest partner of a Prime Minister in 173 years and is due to be his third wife when they eventually tie the knot.
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