Boris Johnson has 'healthy baby boy' with fiancée Carrie Symonds

29 April 2020, 10:04 | Updated: 29 April 2020, 10:18

Carrie Symonds has had a "healthy baby boy"
Carrie Symonds has had a "healthy baby boy". Picture: PA
EJ Ward

By EJ Ward

Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds have announced the birth of a “healthy baby boy at a London hospital earlier this morning”.

A spokesman for Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds 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 PM and Ms Symonds would like to thank the fantastic NHS maternity team."

The birth comes two days after the PM returned to work after recovering from Covid-19, which saw him separated from his partner while he spent time in hospital, including a period in intensive care.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said he was "thrilled" for the pair following the birth. While Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said it was "wonderful news."

Madame Tussauds fit Boris Johnson's waxwork with a baby carrier
Madame Tussauds fit Boris Johnson's waxwork with a baby carrier. Picture: PA

The relationship between the PM and Ms Symonds came to public attention at the beginning of 2019, a few months after Mr Johnson separated from his then-wife Marina Wheeler.

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.

In a post on her Instagram account, Carrie Symonds wrote: "Many of you already know but for my friends that still don't…. we've got a baby hatching early summer."

Mr Johnson said he was "absolutely delighted" as the news was made public on March 1.

The announcement came just 11 days after Mr Johnson's divorce with ex-wife Marina was finalised.

Mr Johnson has previously suggested he intends to take paternity leave, although it is not known if this remains the case given the coronavirus crisis.

He will not appear at Prime Minister's Questions in the Commons on Wednesday afternoon.

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