The prime minister and his wife announced the birth of a “healthy baby girl” at a London hospital. A spokesperson for the couple said;
“Both mother and daughter are doing very well. The couple would like to thank the brilliant NHS maternity team for all their care and support.”
Their first child, Wilfred, was born in April last year while Johnson was recovering after falling seriously ill with COVID-19.
Johnson, 57, and the former Carrie Symonds, 33, married in May, in what is her first marriage and his third. The UK Prime Minister has four other children, all now in their 20s, with his second wife, the barrister Marina Wheeler. The couple’s divorce was finalised in 2020 after 25 years of marriage.
He also has at least one other child from an extramarital relationship. Johnson has repeatedly refused to say precisely how many children he has fathered, although in an interview with NBC in September he affirmed he had six.
The new baby is the fourth born to a sitting British prime minister this century. The wives of Tony Blair and David Cameron also had babies while their husbands were in office.
The birth comes amid a tumultuous week for the prime minister who is under intense pressure after the Daily Mirror revealed that Christmas parties were held at Downing Street while London was under lockdown restrictions.
Since the story broke, a video of the Prime Minister’s then press secretary Allegra Stratton joking about how to describe the Christmas party at a mock press conference has gone viral. Ms Stratton resigned on Wednesday December 8, delivering a tearful statement to media outside her home in which she said she would “regret the remarks for the rest of my days”.
Also on Thursday morning, the Conservatives were fined £17,800 over a controversial donation which helped cover the lavish refurbishments to the couple’s Downing Street flat.