After Dominic Cummings’s seven-hour evidence session slating Boris Johnson and his ministers, it’s been a difficult few days of press coverage for 10 Downing Street. There were even rumours last week that the Prime Minister could embark on a Cabinet reshuffle to change the news agenda. However, it seems that may not be necessary. Today Boris Johnson married his fiancee Carrie Symonds in a secret ceremony at Westminster cathedral.
After sending out invites this week to friends for a big celebration of their marriage next summer, the couple tied the knot in a Catholic ceremony with 30 of their closest friends and families. The plans are reported to have been so top secret that many of Johnson’s aides were kept out of the loop for fears of a leak. The pair became engaged while on holiday in Mustique (a trip now being investigated by the parliamentary standards commissioner) after Johnson won a majority of 80. The wedding makes Johnson the first Prime Minister to marry while in office for 199 years.
So, what will now change for the happy couple? Following growing concerns in Westminster that Symonds exerts too much control in No. 10, the marriage could allow her to hold a more formal position – a friend recently told the Mail On Sunday there were plans afoot for her to hold a more public-facing role. It could even mean Dominic Cummings stops referring to Symonds as the Prime Minister’s girlfriend. Or not.
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