Boris Johnson and his girlfriend Carrie Symonds have been spotted looking smitten, with friends saying they are still ‘very much in love’ despite a late-night row that saw the police called in by neighbours.
The new and exclusive images of the pair show them hand-in-hand and smiling in the Sussex countryside yesterday afternoon, undermining claims their relationship is in crisis.
A friend of the couple told MailOnline claims they are splitting up are smears and revealed the Tory leadership favourite, 55, intends to marry his girlfriend ‘as soon as the time is right’ after his divorce from second wife Marina goes through.
On Friday the couple were spoken to by police after a blazing row and have now been forced to flee their south London home after a gang of anarchists set up camp on their doorstep yelling abuse and slapping ‘f*** Boris’ stickers on the front door.
A confidante told MailOnline: ‘There has been so much nonsense touted around about their relationship. The truth is that they love each other very much and want to get married as soon as the time is right. Boris only has eyes for Carrie and she is totally smitten with him.’
Hours after the pictures emerged of the couple together for the first time since news of the row broke on Friday, rumours starts circulating in Westminster that the photographs were staged.
Members of Boris’s leadership bid refused to comment on them, however sources confirmed they were taken yesterday and show the pair in the Sussex countryside.
And allies of the former Foreign Secretary denied he was part of any staging of the images.
‘Boris definitely didn’t arrange for these pictures to be taken,’ one source told the Telegraph.
Instead, fingers were pointed at Ms Symonds, a PR specialist. ‘If they were staged, there is only one other person who it could be,’ the source added.
Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds have broken cover and looked happy and were holding hands in the Sussex countryside on Sunday
An onlooker said they looked smitten after a bust-up on Friday that saw the police called to the south London flat they’ve now been forced to flee after anarchists camped outside
Mr Johnson was interviewed on BBC News At Ten tonight, where he’s expected to be asked about the row
Nigel Farage has today criticised Boris Johnson’s handling of the revelation that police were called to a domestic incident at his home – saying he is ‘astonished’ he has not spoken out by now.
The Brexit Party leader said it was ‘appalling’ that the argument was recorded and shared with The Guardian. But he added: ‘Is it a matter of public record and public interest? Yes, it is, because the police were called, it’s as simple as that.
‘I’m actually astonished that he (Boris) didn’t say police were called, in my view, maliciously by a neighbour looking to cause problems. I think that actually might have ended the story.’
Carrie’s close friend Nimco Ali, Britain’s best known anti-FGM campaigner, revealed today that the couple are still ‘loved up’ and Miss Symonds took Boris to a plush Mayfair restaurant to celebrate his 55th birthday last Wednesday.
She said: ‘They don’t deserve this from creepy neighbours. People in love row once in a while. So what, they are human. If anything I think this whole thing has brought them even closer together’.
Miss Ali said it’s the ‘expectation’ in their social group that the couple will marry soon because ‘they are happy and good for each other’, adding in an interview with the Evening Standard: ‘Carrie is an amazing woman. Kind, decent and genuinely wants to make the world a better place.’
Boris’s leadership campaign has been damaged after neighbours called in the Met when Carrie was allegedly heard yelling ‘get off me’ and ‘get out of my flat’.
The recording of the ‘plate smashing screaming row’ was handed to the police and the Guardian newspaper by ardent Remainers Eve Leigh, 34, and Tom Penn, 30, who said that they feared for Miss Symonds’ safety.
But Boris and his girlfriend are said to be furious saying it was part of a politically-motivated attack on them by ‘hostile’ left-wing neighbours who had repeatedly ‘crossed many lines’, MailOnline can reveal.
Tory MP and Boris supporter Nadine Dorries said today: ‘I’ve spoken to Boris and Carrie over the weekend. They are naturally shocked and upset that their neighbours taped their private conversation for the Guardian. They were aware the neighbours were hostile politically but the campaign against them has crossed many lines.
‘They have endured protests outside the flat, aggressive posters, hand-delivered hate mail and provocative behaviour in the street. They have been forced out of their home over fears for safety. But they are very much together, and, if anything, stronger as a result’.
Jacob Rees-Mogg slams ‘Corbynista curtain twitchers’ who called the police on Boris
Mr Rees Mogg today branded the protest by anti establishment group Class War as ‘absolutely dreadful’ forcing the Tory leadership favourite, 55, and partner Carrie Symonds, 31, to flee.
Jacob Rees Mogg has today blasted neighbours who called the police on Boris Johnson and his girlfriend as ‘Corbynista curtain twitchers’.
The Tory MP also hit out at anarchists who set up camp outside PM hopeful Johnson’s South London home after a recording of the couple’s late night row was leaked.
Mr Rees Mogg branded the protest by anti establishment group Class War as ‘absolutely dreadful’ forcing the Tory leadership favourite, 55, and partner Carrie Symonds, 31, to flee their home.
The ERG chief , who was also targeted by the same anarchist group in September last year, when they barked insults at his children outside his London home, said the events are ‘not a good place for politics to be.’
He told LBC: ’I think it is absolutely dreadful, I really do.
‘I think the idea that snooping neighbours are recording what is going on for political advantage and then class war protesters are coming to politician’s front door, which happened to me as well, is not a good place for politics to be.
‘I think that politicians should feel safe and unmolested in their own homes. I think that that is a reasonable thing to ask for. I think peaceful protest is absolutely right and part of a free society.
‘But the aggression of the hard left is really appalling and not how British politics has normally been carried out, and snoopers are always unattractive’.
And ERG chief Jacob Rees-Mogg said the couple who dialled 999 and recorded the row through a wall are ‘Corbynista curtain twitchers’, adding: ‘I think it’s absolutely dreadful. I think the idea that snooping neighbours are recording what is going on for political advantage and then Class War protesters are coming to politicians’ front doors – which happened to me as well – is not a good place for politics to be.’
Protesters swamped the pavement outside their south-east London flat and the couple are unable to return home – but based on the pictures from yesterday, the couple appear to be going strong.
An onlooker said: ‘They looked really relaxed and happy in each other’s company. They sat there for ages chatting and holding hands. They didn’t seem bothered by anyone or anything else’.
The pictures emerged as some sources claimed that they almost split up at the start of this month – and have had four arguments in just six weeks.
According to The Sun, one spat between Boris and Carrie was said to have been caused after he arrived home later than expected.
One friend called the past six weeks ‘especially testing’.
The Tory leadership favourite is even said to be ‘yearning’ for his second wife Marina, who threw him out last September over his philandering, it has also been claimed.
Another friend told the Daily Mirror: ‘He is yearning for Marina and wistful and would like what he had before.
‘But there is no way on earth Marina would sanction any of that. She knows what Boris is feeling and Carrie probably knows what he’s feeling, too, which may explain their row’.
Mr Johnson was thrown out by his second wife Marina last September after being accused of cheating on her – and moved in with Miss Symonds, a former Tory aide 23-years his junior.
Debate is raging over whether Carrie and Boris’ neighbours had been right to record the row between them in the early hours of Friday morning. The bust-up that has dented his hopes of becoming prime minister, according to two polls over the weekend.
A neighbour of Boris Johnson today he had no idea who Boris was and considered sharing a cannabis joint with him while they chatted about UFOs.
Film director Wayne Mosley, 47, said the Tory MP never introduced himself by name and that he only knew him as a neighbour when they had a six-minute conversation about aliens. H
e said they got chatting as the politician was entering the south London apartment of his girlfriend Carrie Symonds in the early hours of one night last winter.
Mr Mosley, a self-styled film director known as Yuppie Wayne, said he had lived in the ground floor flat of the house next door for five years.
Speaking outside his front door today, Mr Mosley said: ‘I’m not interested in politics as I don’t see any good coming from it, so I had no idea who he was – I just thought he was the new neighbour.
‘He came out and I was smoking weed. He knew I wasn’t press, but stood long enough to have a conversation about aliens. We were looking in the sky, there was a blue beam and it was aiming into the sky.
‘We looked at each other and I goes, ‘do you see that?’ and he goes, ‘I see that as well’.
‘I couldn’t explain it, he couldn’t explain it, we were looking at each other scratching our heads, but we both knew what we saw. I thought about offering him my spliff, but he was talking about the light
He said he saw neighbours Eve Leigh and Tom Penn, who rang the police after hearing noise from Carrie’s apartment, drive past the building twice on Sunday afternoon.
Asked what he thought of Tom recording Boris and Carrie’s row, he said: ‘It was out of order. Everyone has domestics, we all have relationships. ‘I believe even the Royal Family have these issues.’ He added: ‘I don’t think that’s very neighbourly – not until you really know what was going on in the room.’
Boris faced Tory members on Saturday but refused to discuss the visit by police saying people ‘weren’t interested’ in his private life.
His rival for the Tory leadership, Jeremy Hunt, had demanded the Boris comes clean about his late-night clash with his girlfriend.
The couple who recorded the row and shared it with The Guardian newspaper – Eve Leigh (pictured left leaving home) and Tom Penn (right as a couple) – claim they were worried about Carrie’s safety
The street outside Boris Johnson’s love nest descended into a circus at the weekend as campaigners swooped in. The group from Class War arrived at the apartment claiming Johnson wasn’t even fit to be a ‘Pie Minister’ and held up signs that read ‘F**k Boris. F**k the government’
Protesters left rude messages on two McDonald’s milkshakes – a reference to the much-criticised trend of thugs using them to attack their political opponents
Anarchists have a protest outside the flat where police were called following a row between Boris Johnson and his girlfriend. Leading the group was Ian Bone (back right) veteran protester who is known for accosting Jacob Rees-Mogg’s children and telling them: ‘Your daddy is a horrible person’
The Foreign Secretary said his leadership rival must explain why police were called. Asked about his rival’s silence, Mr Hunt told Sky News: ‘Someone who wants to be prime minister should answer questions on everything’.
A DOZEN Tory MPs are ready to stop Boris forcing a No Deal Brexit – as Johnson vows to leave by October 31 ‘come what may’
Boris Johnson today vowed not to ‘bottle’ leaving the EU in October – despite warnings that least a dozen Tories are willing to torpedo his government if he tried to force No Deal.
The would-be PM said the UK had to be out by Halloween ‘come what may’, urging his colleagues to keep their ‘eyes on the prize’.
But the scale of the challenge he faces has been underlined by claims that a large group of MPs would join a no-confidence vote to stop the country crashing out without a deal.
Defence minister Tobias Ellwood said he believed ‘a dozen or so’ Tories are ready to take the ‘nuclear option’ – more than enough to collapse the government.
He told the BBC: ’I think a dozen or so Members of Parliament would, on our side, be voting against supporting of No Deal’.
In contrast other key Brexiteer supporters of Mr Johnson have been urging him to go all-out for No Deal rather than trying to tweak the package Theresa May thrashed out with Brussels.
In his column for the Daily Telegraph today, Mr Johnson attempted to switch attention back to political rather than personal issues.
He wrote: ‘We must leave the EU on Oct 31 come what may. It will honour the referendum result, it will focus the minds of EU negotiators.’
He added: ‘It is absolutely vital that we keep our eyes on the prize. It has been a long and parching march – but the oasis is finally in sight.
‘We are just over four months away from the date on which, by law, we must leave the EU; and this time we are not going to bottle it. We are not going to fail’.
In an extraordinary full-frontal assault, Mr Hunt also taunted Mr Johnson that he was ‘going to lose’ the battle for the leadership.
The dramatic escalation came as Mr Johnson came under intense pressure to sign up for a Sky News head-to-head debate this week, which has now been cancelled.
In a round of broadcast interviews today, Mr Hunt said: ‘On the question of debates, he is being a coward.
‘It is very disrespectful to say that you’re not going to appear in any head-to-head debates in the two weeks when (party members) can see you before they’ve actually voted. People need to know what you’re going to do and you need to answer those questions,’
Sky News said Tuesday’s planned debate would not go ahead unless Mr Johnson agreed to take part, but offered an alternative date of July 1 in an effort to get both candidates to appear.
A spokesman said: ‘Sky News has been planning to hold a debate tomorrow between the two remaining candidates in the Conservative leadership election.
‘Jeremy Hunt has agreed to take part but Boris Johnson has so far declined the invitation.
‘We stand ready to host a debate tomorrow evening if both candidates make themselves available.
‘Without both candidates, tomorrow’s debate will not take place.
‘But we will reissue our invitation for Mr Hunt and Mr Johnson to debate live on Sky News next Monday, July 1.’
Today Mr Johnson used his weekly column in the Daily Telegraph to reaffirm his commitment to deliver Brexit by the end of October in an apparent attempt to refocus attention away from his private life.
He wrote: ‘We must leave the EU on October 31 come what may. It will honour the referendum result, it will focus the minds of EU negotiators.
‘We are just over four months away from the date on which, by law, we must leave the EU, and this time we are not going to bottle it. We are not going to fail.
‘This time we are not going to shrink in fear from the exit, as we have on the last two occasions.’
With anarchists now camped outside the flat, Boris and Carrie have decided to go into hiding.
Friends of the former foreign secretary say it may be impossible for him to return to the £700,000 property in Camberwell, south London. One said the couple had spent the weekend together and their ‘loving and doting’ relationship was ‘stronger than ever’.
Mr Johnson, 55, is refusing to break his silence on the domestic incident in the early hours of Friday that saw police officers called.
Carrie Symonds’ close friend Nimco Ali, who held her hand as they arrived for Boris’ campaign launch ten days ago, said today they are ‘loved up’ and she expects they will marry
In March Carrie and Boris were spotted in Italy on a short holiday as their relationship became more serious
The pair, who are believed to have started dating in September, shortly after Mr Johnson announced he was splitting from his wife of 25 years, have been living together in Camberwell, south east London.
On Friday, the couple got into a heated argument in which Miss Symonds, 31, shouted ’get off me’ and ‘get out of my flat’ and neighbours called the police.
Pensioner anarchist outside Boris’ flat has abused Jacob Rees-Mogg and his six children
Ageing ‘anarchist’ Ian Bone has been leading the ‘class war’ protest on Boris and Carrie’s doorstep (pictured holding his walking stick yesterday).
Mr Bone, 71, a close friend of Jeremy Corbyn’s brother Piers, was slammed last year after a sickening tirade at Jacob Rees-Mogg’s children – including his six-year-old son – telling them: ’Your daddy is a horrible person’.
And now he’s turned up on Boris Johnson’s doorstep with six other warriors from the Class War group.
Bone was one of the leading lights of the Bash the Rich marches in the 1970s and 1980s and after Prince William’s birth was part of a group calling him: ‘Another f***ing royal parasite’.
He admits to having a working class hatred for the rich as his own father was a butler.
His dad worked for Sir Gerald Coke, grandson of the Earl of Leicester, and the family lived in a bonded cottage on a family estate in Hampshire.
Bone’s attack on Mr Rees-Mogg in front of his family was not the first time he was caught hissing insults at children.
In a video uncovered by MailOnline the Class War protester followed Eton schoolboys calling them ‘inbred w******’.
The pensioner has been unemployed for decades after completing his degree in his 20s and announcing to his parents that his choice of ‘career’ was to be an anarchist, and that he would fund it by claiming the dole.
But the altercation isn’t the first time they’ve had an ‘explosive’ row – with one friend calling the past six weeks ‘especially testing’.
Another friend told the Mirror: ‘He is yearning for Marina and wistful and would like what he had before.
‘But there is no way on earth Marina would sanction any of that. She knows what Boris is feeling and Carrie probably knows what he’s feeling, too, which may explain their row’.
But their body language and behaviour in Sussex yesterday appears to show the opposite.
Leadership rival Jeremy Hunt has raised the pressure on his Tory leadership rival by saying ‘someone who wants to be prime minister should answer questions on everything’.
As MPs who are backing Mr Johnson also called for him to reveal what happened:
- It emerged that Miss Symonds was accused by a Johnson aide of helping his rival Sajid Javid;
- Supporters of Mr Johnson privately voiced concerns about his relationship with her;
- Pictures emerged of Mr Johnson buying the wine that spilled on Miss Symonds sofa, apparently sparking the row;
- His allies claimed he would call the bluff of rebel Conservative MPs threatening to bring down the Government to stop a No Deal Brexit;
- Liz Truss, a Cabinet rank ally of Mr Johnson, warned it was not inevitable that he would be crowned Tory leader.
Yesterday, anarchists perched themselves on the steps of Miss Symonds’ flat to protest against her lover and his party’s policies. Six Class War supporters shouted abuse and held up posters reading ‘f*** Boris, f*** the government’.
Camberwell residents have also shown their distaste at having Mr Johnson as their neighbour and posters mocking him were put up before Friday’s altercation.
He stayed out of the spotlight yesterday as his campaign team held talks on how to deal with the crisis.
A friend of Mr Johnson and Miss Symonds told the Mail: ‘They’ve spent the weekend together after being driven out of their home in Camberwell and actually the events of the past few days have made them stronger than ever but they really shouldn’t have to put up with this nonsense. They’re in a very loving and stable relationship. They totally dote on one another.’
The domestic dispute was recorded by a neighbour and reported to police.
Neighbours claimed Miss Symonds could be heard screaming and telling Mr Johnson to ‘get off me’ and ‘get out of my flat’.
Sources last night claimed that in recent weeks there had been tensions between Miss Symonds and members of Mr Johnson’s leadership campaign team. In a sign of the acrimony, one aide who is working for Mr Johnson told friends they believed she had been helping Mr Javid, the Home Secretary, with his failed leadership bid.
Jeremy Hunt (pictured today) has demanded Boris Johnson come clean about his late-night clash with his girlfriend – and called him a coward for not debating him before Tory members are sent their ballot papers
A MP who is backing Mr Johnson said it was ‘probably best’ for the couple to decide whether or not to get married. ‘A decision needs to be made,’ the MP added.
A source involved in Mr Johnson’s leadership campaign said: ‘The bigger worry is that this brings his personal life into play more generally. Things that might previously have been seen as ‘not relevant’ or ‘not in scope’ suddenly become fair game.
‘Some MPs have been worried about Carrie, but I think she’s politically savvy enough to know how to play things without causing damage to Boris.’
The street outside Boris Johnson’s love nest descended into a circus at the weekend as campaigners swooped in.
Simmering discontent among residents at their new neighbour exploded into the open after news broke of Mr Johnson’s angry row with his girlfriend Carrie Symonds.
Posters were plastered across railings opposite the South London flat mocking the Tory leadership contender, with one urging him to move back to a swankier part of the capital.
Anarchists stood on the steps of the building carrying posters and shouting. Seemingly using the incident as an excuse to protest against the Conservative party, one veteran warned the couple would ‘regret’ moving to the area.
Mr Johnson and Miss Symonds, 31, have not been seen at the Grade II listed building since police were called in the early hours of Friday.
The couple who recorded the row and shared it with The Guardian newspaper – Eve Leigh and Tom Penn – were also not home yesterday. Miss Leigh has admitted making an offensive gesture at Mr Johnson when they met on the steps of their building last week.
But neighbour Wayne Moseley, 47, defended the politician, saying he was a ‘cool guy’ who would chat on the steps while Mr Moseley smoked cannabis.
Carrie and Boris pictured in February last year after a Tory ball at the Natural History Museum – a friend of the Tory leadership hopeful says that he wants to make her his third wife
The film director – who goes by the name Yuppie Wayne – even criticised his neighbours for recording the argument.
Describing Mr Penn as a ‘peaceful guy’, he added: ‘I’ll be honest with you, neighbour to neighbour, no I don’t think it was very fair.
‘We all have domestic arguments with our partners.’ Describing how he would see Mr Johnson ‘all the time’, he said ‘I’ve met him on the doorstep, when I’m smoking my marijuana out here. I thought he was a cool guy.’
He said Mr Johnson had never said anything regarding him smoking cannabis and that he had never offered him any.
He said that Miss Symonds was a ‘nice girl, a pretty girl’. Mr Moseley recently sparked a police response after shooting a scene involving two fake guns with a millionaire former Big Brother housemate.
He spoke out as six anarchists from the anti-establishment group Class War staged a protest outside the flat. Standing outside the front door behind a banner, veteran anarchist Ian Bone, 71, called on Mr Johnson to come out, shouting ‘Looks like Boris is moving out anyway, can’t take the pressure’.
When asked whether his actions may drive a 31-year-old woman out of her flat, he said: ‘I don’t think she will come back – they will regret moving here and not Notting Hill or somewhere like that.
‘She’s not welcome here or any other working class area – and neither is he.’
The retired health worker was once arrested for public disorder after protesting outside a previous address of Mr Johnson in North London in 2016.
Another protester, who gave her name as Sorcha, has lived in the area nearly thirty years and said: ‘Refugees and migrants are welcome, Boris isn’t.’ Residents along the leafy street have also shown their distaste at having Mr Johnson as a neighbour.
Kirstie Lamont, 48, said: ‘This area is just not hostile. We probably wouldn’t throw yoghurt on him if he walked by. But we wouldn’t be inviting him around for dinner.’
When asked if the posters could make Miss Symonds feel unwelcome, she said: ‘Well, move. Sorry, that does sound very aggressive. Kensington and Chelsea, that’s more the area that he belongs.’
Another local resident – who was attending a dog show on the green opposite – said: ‘This is a pretty gentrified area, we’re all liberal here, so he doesn’t really fit in. I understand he’s just going to his girlfriend’s house, but the posters show he’s not exactly welcome.’
From the first flush of love to rows with his girlfriend after browsing two-for-one wine offers in his local Tesco Express: JANE FRYER asks if crumpled, unstatesmanlike Boris is feeling the strain during his bid to be PM
There comes a moment in every fledgling relationship – however promising – when the hot-cheeked joy starts to fade.
Pet names such as Bozzie Bear and Otter begin to lose their charm.
Peccadilloes – messiness, high passion, vaulting ambition and a disregard for money – once so endearing, suddenly start to become annoying.
And the challenges of co-habitation, of trying to blend two very different lives into one, begin to hit home.
Picking up some plonk? Boris is pictured at the till of a Tesco Express is Islington, near his former £3.75million five-bedroom family home, at 8pm on Wednesday – 24 hours before night of row
Rucksack on back, crumpled as ever, he was in a hurry and, according to a witness, Boris was looking ‘certainly not statesmanlike’ as he rushed in to browse the two-for-one wine offers
And just perhaps – if you’re used to living in a five-storey £3.75million family home in Islington and hoping to be become prime minister in the next few weeks – you might ask yourself why you’re cooped up in a two-bedroom flat in Camberwell with a girlfriend 24 years your junior who’s keen on yoga, healthy eating and protecting the environment.
If their recent humdinger of a row is anything to go by, Boris Johnson and 31-year-old Carrie Symonds seem to be past the honeymoon period. Well past it given Carrie’s cries of ‘get off me… get out of my flat!’ unhelpfully recorded by a neighbour in the early hours of Friday.
The row sounded nasty. Friends have been quick to deny they are on the verge of breaking up. Yet there are certainly signs that the carefully curated all-new, slim-fit, low-alcohol prime ministerial Boris is feeling the strain.
Last week, photographs of the inside of Boris’s Toyota provided a study of utter chaos – empty food cartons, water bottles, crumpled clothes, plastic bags, children’s books, crumbs and receipts.
Johnson is currently cooped up in a two-bedroom flat in Camberwell with a girlfriend Carrie Symonds, 24 years his junior who’s keen on yoga, healthy eating and protecting the environment
Carrie, pictured at the launch of Johnson’s leadership bid. The couple have been receiving hate mail for weeks now and the entire vicinity of her flat is plastered with anti-Boris posters. They’re even stuck to his Toyota’s windscreen – nestling amongst the unpaid parking tickets
On Wednesday, he was spotted in a Tesco Express in Islington, close to his former marital home. Rucksack on back, crumpled as ever, he was in a hurry and, according to a witness, looking ‘certainly not statesmanlike’ as he rushed in to browse the two-for-one wine offers.
Two days later, he turned up at the Conservative hustings in Birmingham with one brightly patterned sock inside out and uncomfortably bunched, displaying a big chunk of pink ankle.
Perhaps all this is a result of the pressure he and Carrie have been under. They’ve been receiving hate mail for weeks now and the entire vicinity of her flat is plastered with anti-Boris posters. They’re even stuck to his Toyota’s windscreen – nestling amongst the unpaid parking tickets.
It’s said that tensions have been growing between Boris and Conservative election guru Lynton Crosby over the fact that Carrie is becoming too involved in his campaign. Political insiders say she is keen to adopt a serious role behind the scenes, and is just as keen on No 10 as he is (pictured leaving Carrie’s flat in south London)
Such a public meltdown must be excruciating for Carrie, a PR professional, who has spent months letting it be known via ‘friends’ how in love the couple are.
On top of all this, it’s said that tensions have been growing between Boris and Conservative election guru Lynton Crosby over the fact that Carrie is becoming too involved in his campaign.
Political insiders say she is keen to adopt a serious role behind the scenes, and is just as keen on No 10 as he is.
There are growing concerns that her ambitions may be complicating his campaign. These are trials the couple have tried to face head-on, and together.
In April his eldest daughter, Lara Lettice Johnson-Wheeler, a journalist just five years younger than Carrie, wrote on Instagram that the past 12 months had been the ‘hardest and most hurtful year of my life’. Last year, after details emerged that he had cheated on wife Marina Wheeler with Carrie, Lara reportedly told friends at a party that her father was a ‘selfish b*****d’. Until this week he has been shacked up with Carrie in her south London home (pictured)
More difficult to weather together has been the fact that Boris is reportedly ‘devastated’ that his four older children, furious at his latest relationship, have ostracised both him and Carrie and have refused to even meet his girlfriend.
In April his eldest daughter, Lara Lettice Johnson-Wheeler, a journalist just five years younger than Carrie, wrote on Instagram that the past 12 months had been the ‘hardest and most hurtful year of my life’. Last year, after details emerged that he had cheated on wife Marina Wheeler with Carrie, Lara reportedly told friends at a party that her father was a ‘selfish b*****d’.
There have been persistent rumours that Boris, despite his well-documented infatuation with Carrie, privately regrets the end of his marriage to Marina – his extraordinarily long-suffering second wife, and mother to those four older children.
Marina was happy to let Boris shine, to let him be ‘front of house’ as she busied herself in the shadows, paying the bills, sorting out the mortgage, raising their children, all while working full-time as a very successful barrister. She was calm while he was explosive. Carrie, of course, is not like Marina. As well as being dramatically younger, she is also volatile. Like Boris, she also enjoys being ‘front of house’ and is used to getting her own way. Pictured: Anti-Boris posters outside Carrie’s Camberwell flat
She is the woman who stuck by him despite his rackety private life and seemingly endless affairs, and provided him with the domestic stability he so craved after a childhood stained by his father’s relentless infidelities and his mother Charlotte’s breakdown.
Some sources close to the Johnson family say the breakdown of his 25-year union has left him so deeply disturbed that he is ‘all over the place’ and ‘psychologically unfit’ to be in another long-term relationship, let alone be prime minister.
According to one friend of the couple, quoted in the Mail on Sunday: ‘Boris is like a broken reed. The joy just seems to have gone out of him. He can’t bear to live alone. He gets totally depressed if he’s on his own.’
Marina was happy to let Boris shine, to let him be ‘front of house’ as she busied herself in the shadows, paying the bills, sorting out the mortgage, raising their children, all while working full-time as a very successful barrister.
She was calm while he was explosive. Carrie, of course, is not like Marina. As well as being dramatically younger, she is also volatile. Like Boris, she also enjoys being ‘front of house’ and is used to getting her own way.
According to her former boyfriend of three years Oliver Haiste, interviewed in yesterday’s Mail on Sunday, life with Carrie involved ‘an electrifying dose of dramatic and often fiery conflict’. He added: ‘When times were good with Carrie they were great – they were fantastic. When times were bad they were awful…’
‘She can go in completely the opposite direction and possibly, in my view, to excess.’
But Carrie is also beautiful, driven, feisty, waspishly gossipy, ambitious and charming. It is easy to see how Boris fell for her. And he has, according to friends, done everything in his power to make it work.
He took her on romantic breaks to Greece and the Amalfi coast, agreed to a divorce from Marina and threw a grenade into his relationship with his children.
At her encouragement he lost weight, cut down on booze and meat and got a decent haircut. He’s even taken up yoga, for goodness sake!
With largely positive results, she has also encouraged him to champion environmental issues, embrace feminist campaigns and distance himself from the unreconstructed Boris of old, who referred to women as ‘fillies’ and joked about how voting Tory would ‘increase the size of your girlfriend’s breasts’.
According to her former boyfriend of three years Oliver Haiste,(pictured together in 2007) interviewed in yesterday’s Mail on Sunday, life with Carrie involved ‘an electrifying dose of dramatic and often fiery conflict’. He added: ‘When times were good with Carrie they were great – they were fantastic. When times were bad they were awful…’
Carrie, herself the product of an extra-marital liaison, was born in London in 1988. She excelled at pretty much everything at the £20,000-a-year Godolphin and Latymer School in Hammersmith, west London, and later went to Warwick, where she gained a first-class honours degree in theatre studies and history of art (pictured at a anti-whaling rally in January)
For months, they glowed. They weren’t troubled by the age difference, the endless bitter fallout that comes from an illicit affair, or their very different backgrounds.
Carrie, herself the product of an extra-marital liaison, was born in London in 1988. She excelled at pretty much everything at the £20,000-a-year Godolphin and Latymer School in Hammersmith, west London, and later went to Warwick, where she gained a first-class honours degree in theatre studies and history of art.
But politics was always her passion. She joined Conservative HQ fresh from university, became a Tory press officer in 2009 and was soon cutting a swathe through the competition.
She worked on the successful ‘Back Boris’ campaign to re-elect Johnson as London mayor in 2012 and, following the 2015 general election, was appointed a special adviser to the then culture secretary John Whittingdale.
In the wake of the 2017 election, she was appointed as the Tories’ communications director, and named the UK’s second most powerful public relations professional by PR Week magazine.
Many friends consider she had found her perfect match in Boris and was, as their row shows, sufficiently feisty to stand up to his legendary temper. A temper which Sonia Purnell, author of Just Boris: A Tale of Blond Ambition, describes as the fiercest and most uncontrollable she has ever seen.
‘His normally jokey demeanour flashes into a sarcastic snarl, his skin reddens and blotches,’ she said.
‘His eyes dart into an intense narrow glare and on the worse occasions his lips curl back to reveal wisps of spittle.’