Boris Johnson and his girlfriend Carrie Symonds expecting baby

Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds have announced they are expecting a baby.

A spokesman for the couple said on Saturday evening: "The Prime Minister and Miss Symonds are very pleased to announce their engagement and that they are expecting a baby in the early summer."

Ms Symmonds told her followers on Instagram she felt "incredibly blessed".

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson's partner Carrie Symonds and dog Dilyn arriving for the count for the Uxbridge & Ruislip South constituency in the 2019 General Election.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's partner Carrie Symonds attends the annual Remembrance Sunday memorial at The Cenotaph, in Whitehall, London. (Photo by Steve Taylor / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his girlfriend Carrie Symonds arrive in Downing Street after the Conservative Party was returned to power in the General Election with an increased majority.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his girlfriend Carrie Symonds arrive in Downing Street after the Conservative Party was returned to power in the General Election with an increased majority.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson with partner Carrie Symonds and dog Dilyn at the count for the Uxbridge & Ruislip South constituency in the 2019 General Election.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson's partner Carrie Symonds and dog Dilyn arriving for the count for the Uxbridge & Ruislip South constituency in the 2019 General Election.
Carrie Symonds attending the National Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph, Whitehall, London. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS
File photo dated 274/07/19 of Prime Minister Boris Johnson's partner Carrie Symonds, who is expected to speak publicly for the first time since moving into Downing Street at an environmental event.
Carrie Symonds, the partner of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, attends Birdfair, an environmental awareness conference, at the Rutland Water Nature Reserve in Egleton near Oakham, where she is due to give a speech.
Carrie Symonds, the partner of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, attends Birdfair, an environmental awareness conference, at the Rutland Water Nature Reserve in Egleton near Oakham, where she is due to give a speech.
Carrie Symonds, the partner of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, gives a speech at Birdfair, an environmental awareness conference, at the Rutland Water Nature Reserve in Egleton near Oakham.
Carrie Symonds, the partner of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, attends Birdfair, an environmental awareness conference, at the Rutland Water Nature Reserve in Egleton near Oakham, where she is due to give a speech.
Carrie Symonds, the partner of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, attends Birdfair, an environmental awareness conference, at the Rutland Water Nature Reserve in Egleton near Oakham, where she is due to give a speech.
Carrie Symonds, the partner of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, gives a speech at Birdfair, an environmental awareness conference, at the Rutland Water Nature Reserve in Egleton near Oakham.
Carrie Symonds, the partner of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, attends Birdfair, an environmental awareness conference, at the Rutland Water Nature Reserve in Egleton near Oakham, where she is due to give a speech.
Activist Carrie Symonds takes part in an anti-whaling protest outside the Japanese Embassy in central London.
New Prime Minister Boris Johnson's partner Carrie Symonds waits for him to make a speech outside 10 Downing Street, London, after meeting Queen Elizabeth II and accepting her invitation to become Prime Minister and form a new government.
Stanley Johnson introduces himself to Carrie Symonds at an anti-whaling protest outside the Japanese Embassy in central London.
Stanley Johnson and Carrie Symonds at an anti-whaling protest outside the Japanese Embassy in central London.
Activist Carrie Symonds takes part in an anti-whaling protest outside the Japanese Embassy in central London.
Activist Carrie Symonds takes part in an anti-whaling protest outside the Japanese Embassy in central London.
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LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 07: Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson passes Carrie Symonds as he leaves the Conservative party Black and White Ball at Natural History Museum on February 7, 2018 in London, England. The ball is a fundraising event for the political party where donors pay to spend the evening with cabinet ministers and the Prime Minister. (Photo by Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 07: Environment Secretary, Michael Gove hugs Carrie Symonds as he leaves the Conservative party Black and White Ball at Natural History Museum on February 7, 2018 in London, England. The ball is a fundraising event for the political party where donors pay to spend the evening with cabinet ministers and the Prime Minister. (Photo by Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images)
Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds leave his home, following the results of the European Parliament elections, in Thame, Britain May 27, 2019. REUTERS/Simon Dawson
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She said she and Mr Johnson got engaged at the end of last year "and we've got a baby hatching early summer".

Mr Johnson, 55, and Miss Symonds, 31, made history as the first unmarried couple to officially live together in Downing Street when they moved in last year.

Ms Symonds, a conservationist and former Conservative Party communications chief, first found herself making headlines when she was romantically linked to Mr Johnson earlier in 2019.

But her association with Mr Johnson dates back to when she worked on his successful re-election bid at City Hall in 2012.

An early summer birth would suggest the new arrival was conceived during the autumn, around the time that the October 31 Brexit deadline was extended.

Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds expecting a baby
Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds have 'a baby hatching early summer' (Danny Lawson/PA)

Sajid Javid, who quit as chancellor earlier this month following a dispute with Mr Johnson, was among MPs from various parties congratulating the couple on Twitter.

He said: "Congratulations @carriesymonds @BorisJohnson wonderful news!"

But not all politicians were so fulsome.

Labour MP Florence Eshalomi queried the timing of the announcement, appearing to reference Sir Philip Rutnam's resignation from the Home Office some hours earlier.

She tweeted: "Very convenient for this news to be announced today."

The new arrival will be the third baby born to a serving prime minister in recent history.

Tony Blair's wife Cherie gave birth to son Leo in May 2000, three years after her husband's first election victory.

Conservative prime minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha welcomed daughter Florence Rose Endellion Cameron into the world in 2010, three months after Mr Cameron had formed a coalition government with the Liberal Democrats after that year's general election produced a hung parliament.

The last babies born to prime ministers before Leo and Florence arrived more than 150 years ago.

Lord John Russell's wife Lady Russell gave birth to two sons, George and Francis, during her husband's first stint in office between 1846 and 1852.

Mr Johnson's union with Miss Symonds will be his third marriage.

Earlier this month, a court heard the Prime Minister and his estranged second wife Marina Wheeler were preparing to end their marriage after reaching an agreement over money.

Mr Johnson is believed to be the first prime minister to get divorced and marry in office in modern times.

The last PM to do so was Augustus Henry FitzRoy, the 3rd Duke of Grafton, who became prime minister in 1768 and got divorced and remarried the following year.

Ms Wheeler and Mr Johnson, who have four children, separated in 2018 after marrying in 1993. The couple announced they had separated in September 2018.

He was a childhood friend of Ms Wheeler – the daughter of BBC journalist Charles Wheeler – when both were pupils at the European School in Brussels.

Mr Johnson met his first wife, Allegra Mostyn-Owen, while they were students at Oxford.

They married in 1987 but the marriage was annulled in 1993.

In 2013 it emerged during another court hearing that Mr Johnson had fathered a daughter during an adulterous liaison while Mayor of London in 2009.

In 2004, he was sacked from the Tory frontbench over a reported affair with journalist Petronella Wyatt.

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