Carrie Symonds gives birth to a ‘healthy baby boy’: Boris Johnson and fiancée announce arrival of PM’s newborn son and thank ‘fantastic NHS maternity team’ at London hospital
Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s fiancée Carrie Symonds gave birth to a ‘healthy’ baby boy at a hospital in London today.
The couple’s spokesman said they were ‘thrilled’ to announce the birth which took place early this morning, adding: ‘Both mother and baby are doing very well.’
The news comes as something of a surprise, with Miss Symonds having been expected to give birth in the summer, although a date was never confirmed.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his partner Carrie Symonds arriving at the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey in London on March 9
It is also just weeks after the PM was discharged from intensive care where he had been battling coronavirus. Miss Symonds also suffered symptoms of the disease.
It is unclear whether Mr Johnson will take paternity leave, although he is not expected to take Prime Minister’s Questions in Parliament this afternoon.
Mr Johnson is said to have been by her side throughout the birth. She sent him scans of the baby while he was ill with coronavirus earlier this month to raise his spirits.
The spokesman 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.
Mr Johnson and Miss Symonds at the England v Wales rugby match at Twickenham on March 7
‘Both mother and baby are doing very well. The PM and Ms Symonds would like to thank the fantastic NHS maternity team.’
Miss Symonds has been back living with Mr Johnson at Number 11 Downing Street as the Prime Minister leads the Government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.
She had previously been self-isolating in Camberwell, South London, with the couple’s dog Dilyn, after suffering from symptoms of coronavirus.
The 32-year-old former government adviser then joined Mr Johnson at the PM’s country home of Chequers in Buckinghamshire while he recovered from the virus.
Mr Johnson returned to work on Monday after being photographed back at Downing Street on Sunday evening.
If it was a full-term pregnancy, conception would have taken place last July, around the time Mr Johnson took over from Theresa May as prime minister.
After Mr Johnson was discharged from St Thomas’ Hospital in London following a period in intensive care, they both thanked NHS staff for their ‘magnificent’ work.
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.
The news was welcomed by leaders across the political spectrum today, with Health Secretary Matt Hancock tweeting: ‘So thrilled for Boris and Carrie. Wonderful to have a moment of unalloyed joy!’
Chancellor Rishi Sunak said: ‘Great to hear Downing Street is getting a new resident. Congratulations to Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds on the birth of their son.’
Former chancellor Sajid Javid tweeted: ‘Congratulations Carrie Symonds and Boris Johnson. Such wonderful uplifting news!’
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said: ‘Wonderful news. Many congratulations to Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds.’
Former Conservative leader Iain Duncan Smith tweeted: ‘Congratulations Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds, such wonderful news! Baby boy!’
And Sir Ed Davey, the acting leader of the Liberal Democrats, tweeted: ‘Many congratulations to the PM and Carrie Symonds on the birth of their son!’