Saturday, December 4

PM and wife agree settlement



Prime Minister Boris Johnson and estranged wife Marina Wheeler have reached a financial agreement, a London family court judge has been told.

Judge Sarah Gibbons oversaw the private hearing in the Central Family Court in London on Tuesday. Neither Mr Johnson nor Ms Wheeler were at the hearing but both were represented by barristers.

Ms Wheeler, a high-flying QC, married Mr Johnson in 1993 and separated from him two years ago. The 54-year-old is the second wife of Mr Johnson, 55, and they share four children.

The PM has been dating Carrie Symonds, 31, since last year and the couple now live together in Downing Street. At Tuesday’s 10-minute hearing, Mr Johnson was represented by Neil Russell and Ms Wheeler by Lucy Stone QC.

The case number showed that Mr Johnson and Ms Wheeler had been involved in a dispute relating to money or assets.

It was listed as Wheeler v Johnson on public court lists and that listing showed that Ms Wheeler had begun litigation and made an application. Judge Gibbons approved a written consent order.

The mother-of-four revealed she had been diagnosed with cervical cancer in May 2019. Mr Johnson met his first wife Allegra Mostyn-Owen while they were students at Oxford, and they wed in 1987, but the marriage was annulled in 1993.

He has repeatedly come under scrutiny over his personal life. The Appeal Court ruled in 2013 that the public had a right to know that he had fathered a daughter during an adulterous liaison while Mayor of London in 2009.

In 2004 he was sacked from the Tory frontbench over a reported affair with journalist Petronella Wyatt.