Boris Johnson seeks quickie divorce: Front-runner for May’s job hopes to finalise split from his estranged wife in the next six weeks so he can move his lover into No 10
- The former foreign secretary, 54, reportedly wants the change within six weeks
- This is to tie in with a move to Number 10 if he wins the Tory leadership election
- He is dating 31-year-old Carrie Symonds and divorcing wife Marina after 25 years
- Believed Marina will pocket money from £3.75million house in Islington, London
Boris Johnson is looking to divorce his wife Marina (both pictured) within six weeks
Prime Minister hopeful Boris Johnson is seeking a speedy divorce from his estranged wife so he can move into Downing Street with his new girlfriend, it has been claimed.
The former foreign secretary, 54, reportedly wants the split within six weeks to tie in with a move to Number 10 if he wins the Conservative leadership election.
Mr Johnson, who is dating 31-year-old ex-Tory spin doctor Carrie Symonds, is divorcing wife Marina Wheeler after 25 years.
A source told the Daily Mirror: ‘There have been lots of emotional conversations and dinners with each of their four grown-up children.
‘He has told them he wants do the right thing.
‘Marina will walk away with a handsome deal. He is now hoping the divorce will go through in the six weeks.’
They added: ‘Politically it will work out well, but also personally so he can move forward with Carrie.’
Mr Johnson and Ms Wheeler’s £3.75million house in Islington, north London, is up for sale – with Ms Wheeler, 55, expected to keep the money as well as 15 per cent of his future salary.
Mr Johnson is dating former Tory aide Carrie Symonds (both pictured), who lives in a £1million flat in south London which Mr Johnson often stays at
Ms Symonds currently lives in a £1million flat in south London, which Mr Johnson often stays at.
Despite claims, the source said Ms Wheeler ‘would never ruin Boris’ chances of being PM’.
It comes at a critical time for Mr Johnson, as he is the favourite to replace Theresa May as party leader after she announced on Friday she will resign on June 7.
He kicked off the Tory leadership battle – that should be decided by the end of July – by declaring the UK should leave the EU on October 31 ‘deal or no deal’.
It emerged last September that Mr Johnson and Ms Wheeler were planning to divorce.
Mr Johnson, 54, has been dating former Tory spin doctor Carrie Symonds (pictured), 30, since last summer. It is understood he wants a hasty divorce from his wife so he can move with Ms Symonds into 10 Downing Street if he is elected Tory leader and prime minister
It came amid reports that father-of-four Mr Johnson had begun a relationship with Ms Symonds.
When they announced they were to divorce, Mr Johnson and his wife stressed that ‘as friends, we will continue to support our four children in the years ahead’.
Mr Johnson married first wife Allegra Mostyn-Owen in 1987, then Ms Wheeler, a QC, in 1993 after they had an affair.
Ms Wheeler is the mother to Mr Johnson’s children Milo, Cassia, Lara and Theodore.
But a string of affairs followed and Ms Wheeler kicked him out twice, only to take him back.
The first time was in 2004 over his affair with writer Petronella Wyatt, who had an abortion and miscarriage.
Ms Wyatt, who worked with Mr Johnson at the Spectator, said yesterday: ‘We remain friends. I think he would be a good Prime Minister.’
The second came six years later, when he was suspected of having a love-child with art consultant Helen Macintyre, who was 39 at the time.