Boris Johnson names newborn son after doctors who saved his life

Boris Johnson names newborn son after doctors who saved his life

Boris Johnson names newborn son after doctors who saved his life

The child was named after Johnson's grandfather, Wilfred, and her grandfather, Lawrie.

Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds have named their baby boy Wilfred Lawrie Nicholas Johnson.

The news was received with mixed feelings on social media, with some pointing out that the name Wilfred has not been particularly common in the past century.

"The Prime Minister and Miss Symonds are very pleased to announce their engagement and that they are expecting a baby in the early summer", a spokesperson for the couple said at the time.

Earlier this week, Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon said her administration was recommending the public start wearing a covering in certain situations.

The names are a tribute to their grandfathers and two doctors who treated Mr Johnson while he was in hospital with coronavirus, Ms Symonds wrote in an Instagram post.

Johnson was expected to take statutory paternity leave at some point in the future, his spokesman told reporters this week.

Wilfred is only the fourth baby to be born to a serving Prime Minister in the last 170 years, and his arrival came just two days after Mr Johnson returned to work following a serious battle with Covid-19.

"I couldn't be happier. My heart is full".

The new family are planning to live in their Downing Street flat along with their dog Dilyn, Downing Street has said.

Mr Johnson, fronting his first daily press conference in more than a month after recovering from COVID-19, urged Britons to hold firm during the strict lockdown and not "risk a second spike" of the virus.

The baby, whose name is yet to be revealed, has joined a list of Downing Street babies born while a parent has been in office.

In 2013, the Appeal Court ruled that the public had a right to know that Johnson had fathered a daughter during an adulterous liaison while mayor of London in 2009.

The former Mayor of London has been married twice before and has four children with his second wife, Marina Wheeler.

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