Boris Johnson moves into Downing Street with girlfriend Carrie Symonds

Boris Johnson and his girlfriend Carrie Symonds are officially moving into Downing Street today.

The couple had been living at Ms Symonds’ flat in Camberwell, South London until a very fiery row recorded by neighbours last month.

A Downing Street spokeswoman has said there will be ‘no cost to the taxpayer’ for Mr Johnson’s new furniture despite speculation it would be paid for by the state.

And former Conservative Party head of press Ms Symonds will not have any publicly-funded staff working for her, Number 10 indicated.

The pair will be the first unmarried couple to live at the Prime Ministerial address.

They will actually be moving into flats above Number 11 Downing Street, instead of at Number 10.

As Theresa May left Downing Street last week, removal vans were seen taking away her belongings.
Mr Johnson separated from his wife Marina Wheeler last year before moving in with Ms Symonds.

Speculation over whether Ms Symonds would join Mr Johnson mounted during the Conservative Party leadership race after a recording of a blazing row at Ms Symonds’ flat was shared with the media.

Neighbours said they heard plates smashing, ‘screaming and banging’ and Ms Symonds shouting: ‘get off me’, ‘get out of my flat.’

He repeatedly dodged questions about the aftermath on the row in which an allegedly ‘staged’ photograph of them together was sent to the press.

When asked if his girlfriend would be joining him if he won the leadership battle, he said: ‘I don’t want to get into any kind of presumptuous theorising about living in Downing Street at all.’

The move comes as Mr Johnson travels to Scotland today in a bid to ‘renew the ties that bind our United Kingdom’.

The new Prime Minister will announce a £300 million funding pot for communities across the union. Speaking ahead of his visit to a military base, he said: ‘Our Union is the most successful political and economic union in history.

We are a global brand and together we are safer, stronger and more prosperous.

‘So as we prepare for our bright future after Brexit, it’s vital we renew the ties that bind our United Kingdom.

‘I’m proud to be in Scotland today to make clear that I am a passionate believer in our great Union, and I look forward to visiting Wales and Northern Ireland to ensure that every decision I make as Prime Minister promotes and strengthens our Union.’


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