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Symonds isn’t the first ‘lady in the loop’ to wield influence at Downing Street

Gerard O'Regan


Following the departure of Dominic Cummings, there are claims Boris Johnson’s partner is the new power behind the throne

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Carrie Symonds and Boris Johnson outside No 10 Downing St

Carrie Symonds and Boris Johnson outside No 10 Downing St

Carrie Symonds and Boris Johnson outside No 10 Downing St

Ah, pillow talk. Where would some of our juiciest political stories be without that special ingredient which adds spice to many a tale in the telling?

Carrie Symonds, Boris Johnson’s live-in 10 Downing Street partner, is the latest lady in the loop. There are claims she’s the new power behind the throne, so to speak. More worryingly for her critics, she’s charged with doing far too much of Johnson’s thinking for him.

Obviously only the prime minister and Symonds know the true nature of what makes them tick. But the evidence from insiders is Johnson’s girlfriend is an increasingly influential figure at the heart of the British government.


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