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Who is Boris Johnson’s fiancée, Carrie Symonds, and when was their baby born? – The Sun

CARRIE SYMONDS, a former Tory spin doctor, is the wife-to-be of Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Britain's First Lady gave birth to their first child together – a baby boy –  with both doing well.

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Who is Carrie Symonds?

Carrie Symonds is a 32-year-old PR guru due to wed Boris Johnson.

The communications and PR guru quit working for Conservative Campaign Headquarters (CCHQ) in 2018.

Her parents are Matthew Symonds, one of the founders of The Independent, and Josephine Mcaffee who was one of the paper's lawyers.

Symonds grew up in East Sheen, south west London, and attended the prestigious Godolphin and Latymer School in Hammersmith.

When was Carrie and Boris Johnson's baby born?

Ms Symonds gave birth to a baby boy on Wednesday, April 29 at a London hospital, the couple's first child.

The Prime Minister's spokesperson said that "mother and baby are doing very well."

The pair extended their gratitude to the NHS maternity staff.

What is Carrie's job?

Carrie works as a senior adviser at Oceana working to support the Bloomberg Foundation’s Vibrant Oceans Initiative.

As part of her role she works on communications related to Oceana’s "Save the Oceans, Feed the World" Initiative and Oceana’s campaign to reduce the use of plastics.

She is also part of the international marketing communications team based in London.

When did she work for the Conservative party?

Described as a popular figure in Westminster, the young PR whizz regularly attended parliamentary bashes and Tory party events while working as the party’s communications chief.

Symonds worked for current Home Secretary Sajid Javid when he held the local government brief, as well as for John Whittingdale during his time as Culture Secretary.

Following a brief spell as an adviser to Tory MP Zac Goldsmith, she was appointed to the strategic role of Conservative communications chief.

During her eight years at CCHQ she worked alongside leading Tories including Michael Gove and Amber Rudd.

The lucrative role led to her being named as the UK’s second most powerful public relations professional by PR Week magazine.

She quit in around August 2018, before starting at Bloomberg as PR for their Vibrant Oceans programme.

What happened when Boris Johnson became Prime Minister?

Carrie Symonds moved in with Boris Johnson at Downing Street.

They were the first unmarried couple to live at the Prime Minister's residence.

The couple have taken the space above No11 Downing Street instead of the traditional residence at No10.

A spokeswoman for the Prime Minister said at the time:"The PM is officially moving in today [July 29, 2019] and, yes, his partner will be living there."

And on September 2, 2019, Boris and Carrie moved in another flatmate – Dilyn, a rescued Jack Russell puppy.

What did she ask Samantha Cameron?

Ahead of Symonds move into No 10 she approached the wife of the former Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron for advice and tips.

A friend of the former PR guru told the Mail: “Sam Cam has been giving Carrie some advice on living in No10. They're friends; she wants to help out.”

Carrie won't have any publicly funded staff working for her.

The couple had previously been living in Carrie's flat in Camberwell, South London.


When did Carrie and Boris become an item?

The pair's romance was confirmed beyond doubt when she appeared in public with him for the first time to support his leadership bid in June 2019.

Sources say that on Valentine's Day 2018, Symonds was heard boasting to friends about spending the night with Boris in the Oxfordshire countryside, while BoJo is also reported to have wooed Symonds at the Rosewood Hotel in Holborn.

BoJo, 54, vowed to "protect" Carrie and apologised for dragging her into the media storm, according to the Mirror.

 

A friend told The Sun: “He’s completely in thrall to Carrie. Totally loved-up."
“It’s sweet to see. He’s like a puppy dog around her and very solicitous but desperate to avoid messing it up.”

On February 29, 2020 Carrie announced she was engaged to the Prime Minister and expecting his child.

In an Instagram post, she said: "We got engaged at the end of last year [2019] and we've got a baby hatching early summer. Feel incredibly blessed."

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Boris Johnson's dad Stanley says PM 'took one for the team' with coronavirus but son 'isn't out of the woods'

BORIS Johnson's father has said the prime minster "took one for the team" with coronavirus, but he "isn't out of the woods yet".

Stanley Johnson praised the NHS for taking care of his son and added that his son's illness shows just how serious the killer outbreak was.

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The PM's father told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme: "To use that American expression, he almost took one for the team. We have got to make sure we play the game properly now."

He also played down suggestions that his son would now quickly return to work at Downing Street.

Stanley said: ""This is pretty straightforward now. He must rest up. As I understand it, he has moved from the ICU into a recovery unit but I don't think you can say this is out of the wood now.

"He has to take time. I cannot believe you can walk away from this and get straight back to Downing Street and pick up the reins without a period of readjustment."

It comes as the PM was said to be in “extremely good spirits” and back on a normal ward at St Thomas’ in London.

The PM’s progress came as a massive morale boost to the nation as we enter the key Easter period in the fight against coronavirus.

A No10 spokesman said: "The Prime Minister has been moved this evening from intensive care back to the ward, where he will receive close monitoring during the early phase of his recovery.

"He is in extremely good spirits.

Officials believe the infection rate could peak on Easter Sunday.

But it is critical that Brits observe the lockdown and stay home through 25C (77F) temperatures.

TURN THE TIDE

The Government hopes that would enable the country to turn the tide within three weeks.

Mr Johnson, 55, passed a message back to No10 from hospital yesterday.

His official spokesman said: “The Prime Minister thanks the NHS for the brilliant care which it is ­providing.

“The claps for carers have provided wonderful, unifying moments for the entire country.

“I’m sure that tonight we will once again see people in their millions paying tribute to our fantastic dedicated care workers.”

It also emerged last night that Boris was well enough to make quick calls to his pregnant fiancee Carrie Symonds, 32, and his family.

Doctors handed his two mobile phones back to him.

The birth of his child with Carrie is only weeks away and the couple have been apart since he went into isolation on March 27.

Relieved fiancée Carrie Symonds posted a picture of a rainbow with clapping emojis after the good news, timing it for the 8pm Clap for Carers this evening.

'SICK WITH WORRY'

Senior Tory allies and aides in No10 were relieved last night with one admitting they had all been “feeling pretty sick with worry” for Mr Johnson.

The PM’s recovery marks an extraordinary turnaround from the dire straits he faced just 72 hours ago.

After a terrifying initial 24 hours in hospital, hope had been growing in No10 since Wednesday that the PM was on the road to recovery.

Senior aides had feared the worst on Monday night because of Boris’s extraordinarily rapid descent.

He seriously struggled to breathe, with doctors warning it was likely he would have to go on to a ventilator if his condition worsened any more.

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But they held back, after managing to stabilise him with just the use of oxygen.

And two days on, Chancellor Rishi Sunak declared his Downing Street next door neighbour was well enough to sit up in bed.

Donald Trump took to Twitter to pass on his best wishes to the recovering Prime Minister.

Labour leader Keir Starmer said that Boris's vast improvement was "good news" and said he "hoped it was the beginnings of a speedy recovery".

Health Secretary Matt Hancock paid tribute to the NHS as Boris left the ICU.

In a tweet he said: “So good that the Prime Minister is out of intensive care and on the road to recovery. The NHS is there for us all and I know our amazing NHS staff have given him their characteristic world-class care.”

Minutes after the news was announced, US President Donald Trump voiced his delight.

He tweeted to say: “Great News: Prime Minister Boris Johnson has just been moved out of Intensive Care. Get well Boris!!!”

UK politicians from across the divide united to express their relief.

Tory grandee Iain Duncan Smith said: “It really is great news, and is the most wonderful news going into what is likely to be a difficult Easter weekend.

I knew he would pull through, he is a fighter, and the whole country will be smiling and resting easy now that he is OK.

“I knew he would pull through, he is a fighter, and the whole country will be smiling and resting easy now that he is OK.

“I would imagine it will be a little while before he’s as strong as before but he can now move on.”

Former Chancellor Sajid Javid simply tweeted: “Thank goodness.”

Trade Secretary Liz Truss added: “Brilliant news PM is out of ICU!”

And Zac Goldsmith, a good pal of his fiancée Carrie Symonds, simply said: “Hooray!”

Deputy Speaker and Tory MP Nigel Evans tweeted last night: “Great news Boris — we are all behind you ! Get totally well and back on the job xx”

Labour frontbencher David Lammy said: “Pleased Boris Johnson has been moved out of intensive care.

“The whole country is willing him on to make a full recovery as soon as possible.”

Mr Johnson could be out of action for several weeks.

Doctors said he was still in the early stages of recovery.




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Boris Johnson’s stand-in Dominic Raab can’t launch military action without permission from National Security Council – The Sun

STAND-IN leader Dominic Raab can't launch any military action unless he gets the National Security Council’s permission, it has emerged.

The First Secretary of State’s powers are much more limited than Boris Johnson’s under emergency protocols while he is incapacitated battling coronavirus.

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They were swiftly dusted down on Monday and put into action when the Prime Minister was rushed into intensive care.

Under the rules, Mr Raab must consult senior Cabinet ministers and intelligence chiefs who sit on the NSC before any new operations are launched.

And any new conflict would have to be signed off by a meeting of the full Cabinet.

The only Cabinet minister who has authority to allow the use of lethal force is the Defence Secretary Ben Wallace.

A senior government figure told The Sun: “It’s important to note that Raab has not been appointed as ‘acting PM’, he is just deputising where appropriate.

“In practice, he is heavily constrained. He needs collective responsibility on pretty anything substantial.”

'BUSINESS AS USUAL'

Ministers today refused to discuss who had taken charge of Britain’s nuclear arsenal in Mr Johnson’s absence – a job known as the ‘nuclear deputy’.

But No10 confirmed that the ‘letters of last resort’ that Boris wrote to the nuclear submarine commanders remained in place and will not be changed.

The PM’s official spokesman insisted: “The letters are not changing. The Prime Minister remains the Prime Minister”.

The spokesman added: “In relation to national security matters, the First Secretary and the Cabinet have the authority in the PM’s absence.

“Decisions are taken by Cabinet on the basis of collective decision making, but the First Secretary would chair that meeting.

“We have an existing and robust national security infrastructure and that will continue to function.”

The Chief of the Defence Staff also today insisted it is "business as usual".

General Sir Nick Carter said he believed there is a "very clear" chain of command and operations will continue without disruption.

Tory Defence Committee chair Tobias Ellwood said: "It is important to have 100% clarity as to where responsibility for UK national security decisions now lies.

"We must anticipate adversaries attempting to exploit any perceived weakness."

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Boris Johnson's colourful collection of insults

The mutton-headed old mugwump ker-splonked! Boris Johnson’s colourful collection of insults for Jeremy Corbyn make a delicious epitaph for the former Labour leader

On Saturday, we published our first extract from Simon Walters’ hilarious new book on Boris Johnson’s unique way with English, exploring how the Prime Minister uses unfamiliar words to surprise, delight and bamboozle. Today, in the final part, we reveal some of the strangest, cleverest and rudest ‘Borisisms’ so far recorded…  

Aryan bull pig 

‘You can call me an Armenian chicken farmer or an Aryan bull pig, but don’t call me incompetent.’ 

Response to student magazine attack on his bid to be President of the Oxford Union, 1982. 

Johnson’s family has roots in Turkey, which included Armenia in the days of the Ottoman Empire. The magazine also said he was a ‘pig, the victim of a hideous Nazi war experiment’. 

Boondoggle 

‘It is known to the politico-journalistic class as a junket, jolly, freebie or boondoggle; and which is classified, for the benefit of irritable taxpayers, as a conference.’

On an Anglo-Italian conference in Venice. Daily Telegraph, March 11, 2004.

Noun: wasteful project; a term originating in 1930s America. 

Chip-o-rama 

‘Stop this chip-o-rama rubbish!’ 

Reply to a Labour MP’s complaint that top universities take too many old Etonians. House of Commons, March 15, 2007. 

Borisism, noun. Based on the proverb ‘having a chip on one’s shoulder’ — a grudge or sense of entitlement. In 19th-century North America, when two men were in dispute, a chip of wood would be placed on the shoulder of one and the other would try to knock it off. 

Cursus honorum 

‘My ambition silicon chip has been programmed to try to scramble up this cursus honorum, this ladder of things.’ 

On political ambition. Desert Island Discs, Radio 4, October 30, 2005. 

Noun: the ascending order of public offices; from Latin ‘course of honours’. 

Endocrine orchestra 

‘She was blonde. She was beautiful… And she had just overtaken me… I wasn’t having it. If there is one thing calculated to make the testosterone slosh in your ears like the echoing sea… it’s being treated as though you were an old woman by a young woman… The whole endocrine orchestra said: ‘Go. Take.’ 

On driving an Alfa Romeo. From his book Life In The Fast Lane, 2007. 

Borisism, noun. The endocrine glands produce hormones. 

Epiphytes 

‘When you hear Matthew Pinsent speaking, you feel your littleness. What are we politicians and journalists? Just… epiphytes upon our national culture.’ 

On the Olympic rowing champion Matthew Pinsent. From his book Friends, Voters, Countrymen, 2001. 

Noun. A plant that grows on another plant.

Gibbering rictus 

‘You feel as if your buttocks have been suddenly clamped by the leather seat… My face was being pushed back into a gibbering rictus as the G-forces kicked in…’ 

On the experience of driving extremely fast. From Life In The Fast Lane, 2007. 

Noun. open-mouthed with fear.

Guppygate 

‘You don’t know about Guppygate and you don’t care? Good. Let’s leave it at that. It is a tale told by an idiot, signifying nothing.’ 

On being quizzed over a secretly recorded plot in 1990 to supply a fellow Old Etonian, convicted fraudster Darius Guppy, with the contact details of a journalist so he could have him beaten up. Friends, Voters, Countrymen, 2001. 

Hogwhimpering 

‘Deep down, because of some peculiarity in our psyche, we think it rather admirable to get bladdered, leathered, rat-arsed and otherwise hogwhimpering drunk.’ 

On the attitude of the British to alcohol. Daily Telegraph, August 11, 2005. 

Adjective: extreme drunkenness; from American English, ‘enough alcohol to make a hog whimper’. 

BORIS ON CHURCHILL 

Cachinnate

‘For three whole minutes [Churchill] stands there, while the Tories cachinnate and the Opposition benches try to make noises of sympathy… This is a disaster, a living death…’ Conservative MPs laughed at Churchill, while Opposition MPs supported him when he dried up due to a brain malfunction during a speech in support of workers’ rights in 1904. 

From his book The Churchill Factor, 2014. 

Verb. To cachinnate; to roar with laughter, from Latin cachinnare ‘to laugh loudly’. 

Hypothalamus 

‘Somewhere in my endocrine system something gave a little squirt — adrenal gland, pituitary, hypothalamus, and pow, I could feel myself being transformed from this shy, spotty, swotty nerd.’ 

On hearing the 1981 Rolling Stones song Start Me Up as a teen. From his book The Spirit Of London, 2012. 

Noun. Part of the brain that stimulates sex drive via the endocrine system and pituitary gland.

Hottentot 

‘The chap always says, ‘I am now going to call upon soand-so to say a few words’, and then for an anarchic moment you think, which words shall I say — Hottentot? Axolotl? Carminative? — and how few can I get away with?’ 

Boast about his speech-making. Friends, Voters, Countrymen, 2001. 

Noun. Term used by the Dutch in the 17th century to refer to the Khoikoi, a nomadic tribe in Southern Africa. Axolotl, noun: nearextinct amphibian found in Mexico. Carminative, adjective/noun: drug that relieves flatulence; from the Latin carminativum, a herb used to cure wind. 

Ker-splonked 

‘Nothing excites compassion, in friend and foe alike, as much as the sight of you ker-splonked on the Tarmac with your propeller buried six feet under.’ 

After he was fired from the Tory front bench for lying about his affair with Petronella Wyatt. Daily Telegraph, December 2, 2004. 

Borisism, verb. Humiliated; variation of ‘kerplunk’, the thud of something landing; also a game. 

Maenads 

‘A woman was sitting opposite me in a state of some dishevelment. She was extremely good-looking and had a tattoo of a butterfly on her bosom, but she was pretty far gone. Not since Pentheus was ripped limb from limb by the Maenads have we seen such drink-fuelled aggression from the female sex.’ 

Criticising Labour plans to liberalise drinking laws, after he was threatened in a pub in Carlisle. Daily Telegraph, August 11, 2005. 

Noun. Drunken woman; Maenad, ‘raving one’, from Greek mainesthai ‘to rave’; Maenads were the female followers of Dionysus, the Ancient Greek god of wine. They would get into a state of ecstatic frenzy from drinking alcohol.

Panther

‘I’m like a greased panther, a coiled spring.’ Joking about taking part in a charity England v Germany football match. 

His performance included barging headfirst into a German player’s stomach. Sky News, May 3, 2006. 

Borisism. 

Poule de luxe 

‘I twanged the Winged Victory… as one might twang a tentative bra strap. Was there any of us who would not be affected by the beauty of the burred walnut fascia, the white leather seats as soft as the purse of some Saudi poule de luxe?’ 

On driving a Rolls-Royce. Life In The Fast Lane, 2007. 

Noun. French poule ‘hen’, slang for prostitute; poule de luxe, expensive prostitute.

Reincarnated as an olive 

‘My chances of being PM are about as good as the chances of finding Elvis on Mars, or my being reincarnated as an olive.’ 

The Independent, 2004. 

Borisism. 

Sandpapered 

‘I mildly sandpapered something somebody said.’  

On making up a quote about Edward II for an article in The Times in 1988. The Andrew Marr Show, BBC One, March 4, 2013. 

Borisism, verb. To smooth over. 

Swankpot journalists 

‘The world ought not to be run by swankpot journalists, showing off and kicking politicians around…’ 

On why he entered politics. Friends, Voters, Countrymen, 2001. 

Borisism. To ‘swank’ can mean to behave ostentatiously.

Thrumming 

‘My realistic chances of becoming Prime Minister are only slightly better than my chances of being decapitated by a Frisbee, blinded by a champagne cork, locked in a disused fridge… I’m 47 now. I hear the thrumming roar of young men in a hurry. And young women, obviously.’ 

Hay Literary Festival, June 3, 2012. 

Verb. Continuous rhythmic humming sound. 

Ziggurats 

‘It would be wonderful if people were attracted by the cradle of civilisation, the ziggurats at Ur and the hanging gardens of Babylon.’ 

Calling for the return of tourism to Iraq in a Westminster Hall debate. May 26, 2004. 

Noun. Ancient temple built in what is modern-day Iraq. 

Extracted from The Borisaurus, by Simon Walters, to be published by Biteback on April 9 at £12.99. To order a copy for £9.99, visit bitebackpublishing.com 

From girly swots to puffed-up popinjays… Boris on his political rivals

Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cabal 

‘We fought to keep London from lurching back into the grip of a Marxist cabal of taxpayer funded Chateauneuf-du-Pape swilling tax minimisers and bendy-bus fetishists.’ 

Speech at Conservative Party conference, October 9, 2012. When he became Mayor of London, Boris claimed to have found bottles of the vintage red wine in a ‘secret cellar’ left by his Labour predecessor, Ken Livingstone. 

Cabal, noun. Secret political clique of Left-wing hypocrites; from Kabbalah, meaning ‘reception’, the Jewish mystical interpretation of Hebrew scripture. By the 17th century it came to mean a secretive political group. 

Dobby 

‘Despite looking a bit like Dobby the House Elf, he is a ruthless and manipulative tyrant.’ 

On Vladimir Putin. Daily Telegraph, December 6, 2015. 

‘Dobby’, the bald, floppy-eared, pointy-nosed house elf in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books. 

Girly swot 

‘The whole September session is a rigmarole introduced by girly swot Cameron to show the public that MPs were earning their crust.’ 

On the row over Johnson’s five-week suspension of Parliament to try to force Brexit through. Hand-written description of David Cameron in the margin of a Cabinet document, August 16, 2019. 

Noun. Contemptuous term for someone who studies hard but is otherwise weak. 

Mugwump 

‘A mutton-headed old mugwump.’ Attack on then Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, claiming he was a threat to national security. (Asked to say sorry for the phrase, Boris replied sarcastically: ‘I apologise to mugwumps everywhere.’) 

The Sun, May 4, 2017. 

Noun. Mugwump: old, aloof. Originally from Algonquian Native American mugquomp, ‘great chief ‘.  In the Harry Potter novels, Albus Dumbledore is Supreme Mugwump’; the word is also referenced in Roald Dahl’s Charlie And The Great Glass Elevator (‘my dear old muddle-headed mugwump’). Mutton-headed, stupid. 

Puffed-up popinjay 

‘We will not allow U.S.–UK relations to be endangered by some puffed-up pompous popinjay in City Hall.’ Attacking London Labour Mayor Sadiq Khan, a prominent critic of Donald Trump. 

Twitter, January 12, 2018. 

Noun. A vain or conceited person; popinjay, archaic term for parrot, potentially derived from the Old French/Dutch papegai ‘parrot’. 

Snaggle-toothed lefties 

‘Corduroy-jacketed, snaggletoothed, Lefty academics.’ 

Caricaturing British supporters of the Israel boycott. Speaking in Tel Aviv, November 11, 2015. 

Adjective. Snaggle-toothed, having crooked, projecting teeth, from English. The phrase was in use as early as the 1580s.

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Boris Johnson's official photographer is diagnosed with coronavirus

Boris Johnson’s official photographer is diagnosed with coronavirus – having failed to isolate when the PM tested positive, visiting the new NHS Nightingale hospital and mixing with civil servants

  • Andrew Parsons failed to isolate after PM Boris Johnson’s coronavirus diagnosis 
  • The PM’s photographer instead went on to continue with two more engagements
  • He visited the NHS Nightingale hospital and snapped photos of soldiers there  
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Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s photographer has coronavirus symptoms and is self-isolating – just days after he visited a temporary field hospital set up to treat patients.

Andrew Parsons reportedly failed to isolate after Mr Johnson’s diagnosis and went on to visit the temporary NHS Nightingale hospital at the ExCeL centre in East London and take photos of the soldiers helping to build it. 

He then went on to take photos of civil servants at Downing Street.  

The photographer is now believed to be self-isolating at home with mild coronavirus symptoms. 

Boris Johnson’s photographer Andrew Parsons reportedly failed to isolate after Mr Johnson’s diagnosis

Parsons had photographed Mr Johnson outside his Downing Street office during a moment of appreciation for NHS workers on March 26. 

The next day, the PM announced he had tested positive for coronavirus and had been suffering symptoms before the ‘clap for carers’ event.

However, the photographer carried on his work despite the PM’s announcement. 

On March 27, Parsons photographed the construction of the NHS Nightingale temporary hospital in East London and on March 28 he photographed staff inside the cabinet room of the prime minister’s residence, listening to Johnson on a video conference call. 

A source told the Sun: ‘After Boris was diagnosed, instead of self isolating he (Parsons) went over to the new hospital at Excel to do pictures.

‘Instead of doing the sensible thing he has potentially passed it on to all the squaddies working over there, as well as a number of civil servants and officials he’s been in touch with.

‘He was last close to the PM after the hand clap pics in Downing Street last Thursday – and was stood next to other photographers and film crews – potentially giving it to them too.’  

Parsons had photographed Mr Johnson outside his Downing Street office during a moment of appreciation for NHS workers on March 26

However, the photographer carried on his work despite the PM’s announcement. On March 27, Parsons photographed the construction of the NHS Nightingale temporary hospital in East London

Soldiers helping to build the Nightingale hospital in London last night compared the coronavirus crisis to the Battle of the Somme.

Colonel Ashleigh Boreham, who has carried out two tours of Iraq and one of Afghanistan, said it was the biggest mission of his career.

As commanding officer of 256 City of London Field Hospital, he is in charge of military personnel working on the NHS facility at the ExCeL centre.

Built in around ten days, it will have 4,000 beds for coronavirus patients when it opens this week. Similar hospitals are being installed in Manchester, Birmingham and Glasgow to ease pressure on existing sites.

Colonel Boreham, who has helped create field hospitals around the world, said: ‘We are building a hospital for people in our nation. You are saving people’s lives and they could be the lives of your families. It’s the biggest job I’ve ever done.

‘My grandfather was at the Somme, this is no different. I’m just at a different battle. I’m from London, I have friends and family in London. Many of the people working here, many of the soldiers working here, are from London.

‘We are doing this to save the lives of Londoners. These are our comrades, there’s no difference. It doesn’t matter if they are civilian or military.’  

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Boris Johnson’s pregnant sister-in-law reveals she also has coronavirus just hours after PM said he has the deadly bug – The Sun

BORIS Johnson's pregnant sister-in-law says she is "lucky to be alive" after testing positive for coronavirus hours after the PM confirmed he had the killer bug.

Gabriela Maia, who is married to Boris's financier half-brother Max, revealed she "still recovering from the virus with some respiratory difficulties".

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The 30-year-old told the Daily Mail: "I am OK now and I just feel so lucky to be alive and I pray that my baby is safe.

"My heart just melts for the ones who haven't been so lucky. It's really, really sad."

It came after Boris shared a video message on Twitter confirming he had the deadly disease.

The PM said: "Over the last 24 hours I have developed mild symptoms and tested positive for coronavirus."

He added: "I am now self-isolating, but I will continue to lead the government's response via video-conference as we fight this virus."

Health Secretary Matt Hancock also revealed he had tested positive, while Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty is self-isolating with symptoms.

Defiant Boris tonight vowed to run the country alone in his No11 Downing Street flat.

The 55-year-old first noticed he was suffering from a high temperature and persistent cough on Thursday afternoon. He was tested on the advice of Mr Whitty and got the results on Thursday at midnight.

He will be alone for seven days under Public Health England guidelines. A video-conferencing unit and computer have been installed in the study.

Pregnant fiancée Carrie Symonds, who is due to give birth in June, is understood to have left No11 on Monday.

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Yesterday she posted a picture of her with the couple’s dog Dilyn lying on a bed at her flat in ­Camberwell, South London.

To stay in the No11 flat she would have to quarantine in the same home for 14 days because PHE advice requires household members to stay isolated for double the amount of time.

But pregnant women have been classed as a "vulnerable" group – meaning they are more at risk of catching the deadly disease.

They have been urged to avoid contact with anyone who has symptoms of the disease.

It comes as Britain's grim death toll rose by 181 to 759 in the biggest 24-hour jump so far.

Today, 168 deaths were recorded in England along with eight deaths in Scotland, six deaths in Wales and three deaths in Northern Ireland.

And 14,579 are infected with Covid-19 in Britain – an increase of 2,921 since yesterday.



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What time is Boris Johnson’s coronavirus speech today? – The Sun


PRIME minister Boris Johnson is expected to address the nation again on Tuesday evening about the UK's ongoing fight against coronavirus.

The PM will speak at Downing Street this evening and update the country on the latest efforts to stop the spread of the killer bug.

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What time is the coronavirus press conference today?

The daily coronavirus press briefing takes place between 4pm and 6pm UK time.

Most previous conferences have taken place just after 5pm from Downing Street.

There was no press conference on Monday night with Johnson chairing an emergency Cobra meeting.

After the meeting last night, he addressed the nation and begged everybody to stay at home to save lives.

What will Boris Johnson announce in the briefing?

Johnson is expected to elaborate on his speech on Monday night where he announced tough measures to keep people at home.

The PM said on Monday night: “Without a huge national effort to halt the growth of this virus, there will come a moment when no health service in the world could possibly cope; because there won’t be enough ventilators, enough intensive care beds, enough doctors and nurses.

“To put it simply, if too many people become seriously unwell at one time, the NHS will be unable to handle it – meaning more people are likely to die, not just from coronavirus but from other illnesses as well.

“So it’s vital to slow the spread of the disease. And that’s why we have been asking people to stay at home during this pandemic."

Johnson will also field questions from the media about the measures introduced last night and how the UK intends to police them.

He is also expected to announce help for self-employed workers after closing all non-essential shops.

What was unveiled in yesterday's announcement?

Johnson last night effectively placed the UK into lockdown and ordered people to stay home to save lives.

In his address to the nation, the PM said: "From this evening I must give the British people a very simple instruction – you must stay at home.

“If you don’t follow the rules the police will have the powers to enforce them, including through fines and dispersing gatherings.”

People are only now allowed to leave their homes for one of four essential reasons:

  • shopping for basic necessities, as infrequently as possible
  • one form of exercise a day – (a run, walk, or cycle) – alone or with members of your household
  • any medical need, to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
  • travelling to and from work, but only where absolutely necessary and this cannot be done from home

Why is the government holding daily briefings?

Johnson and his senior cabinet ministers had been criticised for a lack of regular updates into what is happening with the coronavirus outbreak.

Among them was Sir Keir Starmer – a candidate to become the next Labour leader – who called for daily press conferences.

The Shadow Secretary said he was “deeply concerned” that “ministers have been failing in their responsibilities to provide consistent and transparent public health advice”.

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Inside Boris Johnson's No10 bunker

Inside Boris Johnson’s No10 bunker: 20-hour days, deliveries of organic vegetables and Carrie Symonds in self-isolation amid fears that the virus will sweep through Downing Street

  • The Prime Minister is said to be exhausted and relying on vegan food deliveries
  • It has been 100 days since the PM’s election victory but celebrations have been put on hold thanks to the coronavirus outbreak and its political ramifications
  • Pregnant Ms Symonds is self isolating due to her vulnerable condition and only leaving the flat to walk the couple’s new puppy, Dilyn in St James’s Park
  • Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?

It was meant to be a week of family celebrations – 100 days since his stonking Election victory, his fiancee’s birthday and Mother’s Day. 

But instead an exhausted Boris Johnson has turned to vegan food to see him through 20-hour days as he battles against a mounting coronavirus death toll – and tries to see off the threat of economic meltdown. 

The self-confessed aficionado of chorizo, cheese and red wine has found himself relying on plantbased food deliveries to his No10 flat, perhaps in an attempt to boost his immune system as senior aides self-isolate. 

Start-up food company All Plants has been providing boxes of greens and recipes to the Downing Street flat as even the most famous address in Westminster struggles to secure a supermarket delivery. 

Boris Johnson, sister Rachel Johnson (centre) and mother Charlotte Johnson Wahl (right)

Plans for the PM to venture out for dinner with friends last Tuesday evening to celebrate fiancee Carrie Symonds’s 32nd birthday were shelved, coming the same day that Mr Johnson warned the nation to socially distance. 

Pregnant Ms Symonds, who is now classified as being in the ‘vulnerable’ category, is only leaving the grace-and-favour flat to walk their dog in St James’s Park.

 However, the pair slipped out to Chequers yesterday afternoon for a few hours of downtime, where they are both expected to follow the PM’s message to the nation and use FaceTime to contact their mothers, both aged over 70, today. 

After five senior No10 officials were struck down with Covid-19 symptoms, Mr Johnson’s Brexit chief David Frost and Whitehall enforcer Helen MacNamara are working from home, while a growing number of meetings are done by video call even within the building to avoid unnecessary contact. 

Boris Johnson’s father, Stanley Johnson (left) and his sister, Rachel Johnson

Boris Johnson’s father Stanley sitting with his new partner Carrie Symonds at a conference

Discussions with Buckingham Palace are also underway for Mr Johnson to be able to take part in video audiences with the Queen as the crisis continues.

 Aides are also battling to find a technological solution to holding promised Downing Street press conferences via video link but still allow a wide range of journalists to question the PM. 

Meanwhile, Downing Street staff have ‘single handedly kept SW1’s restaurants in business’ with a stream of takeaways. Nando’s and pizza are fuelling a growing team. Outside experts drafted from the private sector have also begun to outnumber civil servants in meetings. 

‘New experts seem to be produced on a daily basis as different elements to the crisis emerge,’ a the source says. ‘The call has gone out – an allpoints bulletin – and industry has answered. 

Boris’s mother Charlotte Johnson Wahl attends the launch of Boris Johnson’s new book ‘The Churchill Factor: How One Man Made History’ at Dartmouth House on October 22, 2014 

Some of their finest are working in the building every day.’ With Mr Johnson moving to a seven-day operation, rusty old camp beds that ‘looked like they were bought during the miners’ strikes’ have been replaced by bulk orders of new mattresses for junior staff to avoid public transport. 

Some of the PM’s aides have also taken to sleeping on their office sofas as the pressure mounts. 

Another government source added: ‘You can hear the machine of government whirring at absolutely full pace.’ 

But there is a sense of dread that the UK is just weeks away from being hit as hard as Italy. 

Boris Johnson campaigns with his brother Joe in Orpington Local Government elections 2012

Boris Johnson (right) and his pregnant partner Carrie Symonds (left) leave the annual Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey in London, Britain, 09 March 2020 

One source said: ‘This is why the Government is going so much harder now.’ Expert advice at morning Cabinet roundtables and afternoon Cobra briefings became ‘increasingly dark’ last week amid disputes between leading scientists about the best course to take. 

‘The trajectory is not good,’ a source added. ‘Reality has taken hold.’ 

Another insider added: ‘It’s clear it is a race against time. The health horror is still ahead of us, but the economic horror was now. 

‘I can’t imagine what it would have been like if the No10 and No11 teams were not anchored together in last week’s scenario. 

The fiscal packages were so radical it would have been impossible if one element was not pulling in the same direction.’ 

There has also been an acceptance that communications must take a bigger lead in policy-making as the Government struggles to keep up with demands for information. 

‘It has to be this simple,’ a senior source said. ‘The people that brought you ‘Vote Leave, take back control’ are now telling people to ‘stay at home, save lives’.’ 

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Boris Johnson's sister snaps during awkward Loose Women interview

Rachel Johnson snapped during her stint on Loose Women earlier today, insisting she wasn’t on the show to discuss brother Boris Johnson’s antics.

The 54-year-old made an appearance on the ITV series to discuss her new book, My Political Midlife Crisis, when talk turned to the Prime Minister – amid the coronavirus crisis.

However, instead of wanting to discuss her family life any further, she made a point of abruptly changing the topic to her memoir.

Snapping at Christine Lampard, she asked: ‘Have you got my book? I gave two copies to the showrunner. Where is it? 

‘I’m not here to talk about Boris.’

Earlier in the segment, Rachel was full of praise for how her brother was handling the current outbreak, insisting she ‘supports’ him completely.

‘I do support him, I think he’s doing an incredible job,’ she said.

‘It’s hard to see somebody carrying such a weight of responsibility but he is strong.

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‘It’s really hard up there to know they’re doing the right decisions… this could crash the economy.

‘These are really, really dark times.’

Rachel also rushed to defend dad Stanley Johnson, after he appeared on This Morning earlier this week, telling Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield that coronavirus wouldn’t stop him from enjoying a drink in the pub.

Claiming he was ‘unfairly judged’, she interrupted Stacey Solomon, who explained: ’People are looking towards somebody like you…’

‘…To be cross with,’ she interjected. ‘Like when my dad said he was going to go to the pub, which maybe was a stupid thing to say, but I didn’t think he did it to be provocative.

‘He just said, you know, I think he was probably thinking about the hospitality trade, which a million people have already lost their jobs.’

Following the outbreak, schools are set to close, with cities around the country preparing to go into lockdown.

With the death toll in the UK rising to 137, it is feared as many as half a million people around the world could die from the infection. 

Loose Women continues on weekdays, at 12.30pm, on ITV.

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Who is Boris Johnson’s fiancée Carrie Symonds? – The Sun

EX-TORY spin doctor Carrie Symonds is to marry UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and is expecting their first child.

Here's everything you need to know about Britain's first lady.

Who is Carrie Symonds?

Carrie Symonds is a 31-year-old PR guru due to wed Boris Johnson.

The communications and PR guru announced on February 29 she is expecting her first child with the Prime Minister, welcoming the child early in the Summer.

The mum-to-be quit working for Conservative Campaign Headquarters (CCHQ) in 2018.

Her parents are Matthew Symonds, one of the founders of The Independent, and Josephine Mcaffee who was one of the paper's lawyers.

Symonds grew up in East Sheen, South West London, and attended the prestigious Godolphin and Latymer School in Hammersmith.

What is Carrie's job?

Carrie works as a senior adviser at Oceana working to support the Bloomberg Foundation’s Vibrant Oceans Initiative.

As part of her role she works on communications related to Oceana’s "Save the Oceans, Feed the World" Initiative and Oceana’s campaign to reduce the use of plastics.

She is also part of the international marketing communications team based in London.

When did she work for the Conservative party?

Described as a popular figure in Westminster, the young PR whizz regularly attended parliamentary bashes and Tory party events while working as the party’s communications chief.

Symonds worked for current Home Secretary Sajid Javid when he held the local government brief, as well as for John Whittingdale during his time as Culture Secretary.

Following a brief spell as an adviser to Tory MP Zac Goldsmith, she was appointed to the strategic role of Conservative communications chief.

During her eight years at CCHQ she worked alongside leading Tories including Michael Gove and Amber Rudd.

The lucrative role led to her being named as the UK’s second most powerful public relations professional by PR Week magazine.

She quit in around August 2018, before starting at Bloomberg as PR for their Vibrant Oceans programme.

What happened when Boris Johnson became Prime Minister?

Carrie Symonds moved in with Boris Johnson at Downing Street.

They were the first unmarried couple to live at the Prime Minister's residence.

The couple have taken the space above No11 Downing Street instead of the traditional residence at No10.

A spokeswoman for the Prime Minister said at the time:"The PM is officially moving in today [July 29, 2019] and, yes, his partner will be living there."

And on September 2, 2019, Boris and Carrie moved in another flatmate – Dilyn, a rescued Jack Russell puppy.

What did she ask Samantha Cameron?

Ahead of Symonds move into No 10 she approached the wife of the former Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron for advice and tips.

A friend of the former PR guru told the Mail: “Sam Cam has been giving Carrie some advice on living in No10. They're friends; she wants to help out.”

Carrie won't have any publicly funded staff working for her.

The couple had previously been living in Carrie's flat in Camberwell, South London.


When did Carrie and Boris become an item?

The pair's romance was confirmed beyond doubt when she appeared in public with him for the first time to support his leadership bid in June 2019.

Sources say that on Valentine's Day 2018, Symonds was heard boasting to friends about spending the night with Boris in the Oxfordshire countryside, while BoJo is also reported to have wooed Symonds at the Rosewood Hotel in Holborn.

BoJo, 54, vowed to "protect" Carrie and apologised for dragging her into the media storm, according to the Mirror.

Boris could be the first PM to wed in office if the two tie the knot while he is in power.

A friend told The Sun: “He’s completely in thrall to Carrie. Totally loved-up."
“It’s sweet to see. He’s like a puppy dog around her and very solicitous but desperate to avoid messing it up.”

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