Where’s Carrie? Boris Johnson is joined by his father Stanley, sister Rachel and brother Jo as he celebrates becoming new Prime Minister… but his girlfriend is nowhere to be seen
- Carrie Symonds nowhere to be seen as Boris Johnson becomes new PM
- 31-year-old wants to ‘stay out of limelight’ and avoid ‘overshadowing moment’
- New prime ministers traditionally pose with partners outside No.10 for speech
- She will not accompany him to see The Queen at Buckingham Palace either
- But he was supported by father Stanley, sister Rachel and brother Jo today
She’s rarely been out of the political spotlight since beginning a relationship with Boris Johnson, but Carrie Symonds was nowhere to be seen today as her partner was crowned Prime Minister.
The former Conservative communications director, 31, gave her boyfriend a wide berth at the Queen Elizabeth Conference Centre in London where was named the winner of the Conservative leadership race.
And she will not appear alongside Mr Johnson, 55, later today when he makes his first speech outside No.10 Downing Street.
But Mr Johnson was supported by his family, with father Stanley, sister Rachel and brother Jo all in the audience, regardless of their differing views on Brexit.
New prime minister’s traditionally pose with their husbands or wives upon entering the famous building for the first time, but sources say Miss Symonds fears her presence would ‘overshadow Boris’s moment’.
She will not accompany him to Buckingham Palace either to accept an invitation from The Queen to form a government.
Carrie Symonds was nowhere to be seen at the Queen Elizabeth Conference Centre in London today as Boris Johnson won the Tory leadership election, pictured
Mr Johnson was seen this morning leaving his office in Westminster, pictured, but there was no sign of Miss Symonds with him
But Mr Johnson’s father Stanley, left, sister Rachel, centre, and brother Jo, right, were all the the centre to see the result
Miss Symonds, left leaving Mr Johnson’s Oxfordshire home on Sunday, does not want to be a ‘distraction’ due to his impending divorce from second wife Marina, right with Mr Johnson
It is believed Miss Symonds wants to keep a low profile around her partner’s celebrations because he is not yet divorced from estranged wife Marina, with whom he has four children.
Instead she will move in over the weekend – after he has chosen his Cabinet – to avoid becoming a ‘distraction’.
But Miss Symonds will play an active role behind the scenes and is expected to accompany Mr Johnson to ‘schmooze’ MPs at private parties at Chequers as he tries to win their support for his approach to Brexit.
Sources in the Government told the Telegraph Mr Johnson would give MPs the ‘full treatment’ to unite the party ahead of Brexit and stave off any challenge from Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.
A source in the whips office said: ‘He has got to schmooze them over the summer with trips to Chequers, making sure he meets them and their other halves. They have got to get to know him, and get the full-on treatment from him.’
The source added MPs wanted Mr Johnson to show them some ‘love’ following Theresa May’s premiership while he has been ‘encouraged to give senior roles’ to Brexiteers including Jacob Rees-Mogg and Steve Baker to keep the European Research Group onside.
They added: ‘He has got to understand the breadth of patronage available to him and be prepared to use it.’
Mr Johnson and Miss Symonds, pictured together in Sussex earlier this month in a controversial photo that some claim was ‘staged’, are set to work together to ‘schmooze’ MPs following his victory to try to unite the Conservative Party ahead of Brexit
Miss Symonds, daughter of Matthew Symonds, co-founder of the Independent, works in PR for Oceana, an organisation which campaigns for policies to protect and restore the world’s oceans, and will remain in the role despite moving into No. 10.
They have appeared in public together before with Carrie attending her boyfriend’s campaign launch in June to show her support.
Last week the Mail revealed Miss Symonds had told friends she doesn’t want to be ‘in the limelight’ when Mr Johnson fulfils his lifetime ambition of becoming PM.
The couple were seen leaving Mr Johnson’s home in Oxfordshire on Sunday but were not photographed together. They have been together for more than a year and have been living together at her flat in Camberwell, south London.
Last week they completed a purchase of a three-storey £1.3million Victorian home in Camberwell and Miss Symonds was seen moving her things in with mother Josephine Mcafee.
The couple caused controversy amid reports they wanted to use taxpayers’ funds to get new furniture for No. 10, with Miss Symonds refusing to move any of hers in – although sources close to Mr Johnson have since denied the reports.
Jeremy Hunt was supported by his wife Lucia at the event today with the pair pictured here entering the conference centre in London
Sources say Miss Symonds will not appear with Mr Johnson, pictured outside his Westminster office, at all today to avoid becoming a ‘distraction’
They also hit the headlines last month after police were called to her flat following a blazing row between the couple – with a recording of the clash handed to The Guardian by neighbours.
But sources stress the couple are ‘stronger than ever’ and are fully prepared for life in No. 10.
Since the ‘row’ she has been pictured with Boris holding hands while sitting together at a table in Sussex countryside, although they were later accused of ‘staging the moment’.
She was also seen trying on rings at a Notting Hill jewellers with close friend and FGM campaigner Nimco Ali earlier this month.
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