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Saturday Dec 14 2019

Carrie Symonds finally earns right to be First Lady of Downing Street

Carrie Symonds finally earns right to be First Lady of Downing Street. Photo: Reuters

Carrie Symonds, Prime Minister Boris Johnson's partner, has finally earned the right to be First Lady of Downing Street four months after he became the prime minister in July.

It’s not easy being a politician’s partner at the best of times, even less so when that politician is the prime minister and he’s still technically married to his impressive lawyer wife, Marina Wheeler.

Symonds was thrust into the limelight, labelled as ‘the other woman’ — when Johnson first took reins of the country. 

Over the course of this election, however, she has proven herself very far from that word. Her unpretentious manner, cheerful enthusiasm and marked absence of any sort of diva-esque behavior has earned Symonds praise. 

Symonds has acted very wise for her age and observers have noticed that she doesn't put up much nonsense with Johnson, either. 

She is genuinely politically engaged and does not want to be seen as a woman who looks pretty for the cameras only. 

Symonds has worked for John Whittingdale at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and for Sajid Javid at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

She was Director of Communications at Conservative Campaign Headquarters; and she ran Zac Goldsmith’s re-election campaign in Richmond in 2017, one of the rare victories of that night.