Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds announce baby news and engagement

29 February 2020, 18:10 | Updated: 2 March 2020, 10:29

Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds are expecting a baby together
Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds are expecting a baby together. Picture: Getty

By Tom Eames

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expecting a child with partner Carrie Symonds, and the couple are also planning to get married.

A spokesperson for the couple confirmed that Johnson and Symonds were "very pleased" to make the announcement.

Johnson, 55, and Symonds, 31, were the first unmarried couple to move into Downing Street when they arrived last year.

Symonds is also the youngest partner of a prime minister in 173 years.

Boris and Carrie in December 2019
Boris and Carrie in December 2019. Picture: Getty

Previously a Conservative Party communications chief, she was first romantically linked to Boris Johnson back in early 2019.

However, her connection with Johnson started when she worked on his successful re-election bid as London mayor in 2012.

Boris Johnson will be the first prime minister to welcome a child while in office since Tony Blair's son Leo was born in 2000.

He previously married Allegra Mostyn-Owen, daughter of the art historian William Mostyn-Owen and Italian writer Gaia Servadio, in 1987. Their marriage was annulled in 1993, and 12 days later he married Marina Wheeler, a barrister and daughter of journalist Charles Wheeler.

They have four children together: two daughters and two sons.

In 2009, Johnson fathered a daughter with Helen MacIntyre, an arts consultant.

In September 2018, Johnson and Wheeler announced that after 25 years of marriage they had separated "several months ago", and divorced in February 2020.