Boris Johnson confirms he will take paternity leave when his new baby arrives


BORIS Johnson has confirmed he will take paternity leave when his new baby arrives this summer.

The Prime Minister is to become a dad for the sixth time – and will be the first PM in nearly 200 years to marry while in office.

Boris Johnson made the announcement while discussing the coronavirus

Mr Johnson and PR executive Carrie Symonds, broke the news of their happy double last week.

HOAR understands the 31-year-old is six months pregnant with the baby due in late May or early June.

Asked today if he would take paternity leave, the PM said: “Almost certainly yes”.

This will see the PM enjoy up to two weeks off, compared to the 52 weeks available for new mums.

The break cannot begin before the birth of their baby and must end within 56 days of the birth.

After the announcement last week, a No10 spokesman said: “The Prime Minister and Miss Symonds are very pleased to announce their engagement and that they are expecting a baby in early summer.”

The couple, who have been together for around two years, got engaged at the end of last year but kept it secret from all but their closest pals until now.

Boris and Carrie outside Number 10 after the election victory
The couple first went public with their relationship during his leadership bid in June 2019
Boris Johnson and his then-girlfriend Carrie Symonds arrive at a hotel ahead of the Conservative Party annual conference in Manchester
Writing on her private Instagram account, Carrie said: “We got engaged at the end of last year… and we’ve got a baby hatching early summer”

Thrilled Carrie — already the first unmarried partner of a sitting PM — revealed the happy news with an Instagram picture of Boris kissing her on the cheek.

She wrote: “I wouldn’t normally post this kind of thing on here but I wanted my friends to find out from me. Many of you already know but for my friends that still don’t, we got engaged at the end of last year . . . and we’ve got a baby hatching early summer. Feel incredibly blessed.”

The shock announcement came just 11 days after Boris, 55, reached a settlement with his estranged wife Marina Wheeler, with whom he has four children, aged 20 to 26.