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Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds ‘thrilled’ as they announce birth of son

Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds ‘thrilled’ as they announce birth of son

Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds got engaged earlier this year (PA)

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Boris Johnson and his fiancee Carrie Symonds have announced the birth of their son.

A spokesperson for the Prime Minister and his partner - who only revealed they were expecting a child in February - said the pair were “thrilled” at the news, as warm wishes poured in from MPs across the political divide.

The spokesperson 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.

"The PM and Ms Symonds would like to thank the fantastic NHS maternity team."

Reacting to the news, Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle said: "On behalf of everyone in the House of Commons, may I say congratulations to the Prime Minister and Carrie Symonds on the birth of their son. 

“Such happy news amid so much uncertainty – 2020 is certainly a year they will never forget. "

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer - who will now go head to head with Mr Johnson’s deputy Dominic Raab at PMQs today - said the announcement was “wonderful news”.

He added: “Many congratulations to Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds.”

Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey tweeted: “Many congratulations to the PM & Carrie Symonds on the birth of their son!”

And Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “Some good news - sending congratulations to Carrie and the PM. And wishing health and happiness to the wee one.”

The announcement of the new arrival comes just days after Mr Johnson, 55, returned to work following his admission to hospital with coronavirus, where he endured a stint in intensive care.

Ms Symonds, the 32-year-old environmental campaigner and former Conservative Party comms chief, also went into isolation earlier this month after suffering coronavirus symptoms.

Mr Johnson’s and Ms Symonds   announced their engagement earlier this year after the PM agreed a financial settlement with his second wife, some two years after they separated.

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