Monday, July 22

Boris Johnson and fiancee welcome baby boy



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 Mr Johnson, who has just recovered from coronavirus, was present throughout the birth, at an NHS hospital in London.

The PM had planned to take paternity leave but Downing Street said he would not be doing so at the moment.

The couple have received messages of congratulation from across the political spectrum, and Mr Johnson’s father Stanley said he was “absolutely delighted” and “thrilled” by the birth of his grandson.

The PM and Ms Symonds would like to thank the fantastic NHS maternity team, the PM’s 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. The baby is Ms Symonds’ first child, while Mr Johnson is known to have fathered five.

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.

Ms Symonds said on social media that she had spent a “worrying” week in bed with the symptoms of the virus while the PM was self-isolating with the the disease.