Who is Carrie Symonds? Spin doctor who has ‘grown close’ to Boris Johnson

PUBLISHED: 14:34 10 September 2018 | UPDATED: 14:34 10 September 2018

Carrie Symonds who has 'grown close' to Boris Johnson

Carrie Symonds who has 'grown close' to Boris Johnson

Archant

Carrie Symonds was one of Tory Party’s top communications staff.

Then foreign secretary Boris Johnson passes Carrie Symonds as he leaves the Conservative party Black and White Ball at Natural History Museum in February 7, 2018
Photo: GettyThen foreign secretary Boris Johnson passes Carrie Symonds as he leaves the Conservative party Black and White Ball at Natural History Museum in February 7, 2018 Photo: Getty

But just weeks ago she quit her role unexpectedly as rumours of a growing friendship with Boris Johnson began to swirl around Westminster.

Party-loving Ms Symonds has been a regular on the Tory nightlife scene for several years and is well liked by MPs and other Tory staffers.

It is believed the 30-year-old’s friendship with Johnson has been growing for some time. It has been reported that Johnson’s long-suffering wife Marina Wheeler – who stood by him after a string of affairs – finally kicked him out after finding a stash of text messages from Ms Symonds.

MORE: EXCLUSIVE: Boris Johnson told by prosecutor ‘we have the evidence’

Sources close to Ms Wheeler have said she was planning on releasing details of her discovery just before Conservative Party conference later this month in a bid to scupper Johnson’s leadership aspirations.

Instead it appears backers of the prime minister’s Brexit plan – which Johnson vehemently opposes – leaked the rumours first.

Sources said the pair have “grown even closer” since Johnson’s marriage collapsed.

Ms Symonds grew up in East Sheen, London, and attended £20,000-a-year Godolphin and Latymer School. She had previously worked for home secretary Sajid Javid, John Whittingdale and Zac Goldsmith.

A Westminster source said: “I’d heard the rumours. But then there are often rumours about Boris and not all of them can be true. Carrie was well-liked in Westminster. A good operator.

“She liked a party as well. She works hard but is a lot of fun to be around when she lets her hair down. I’m told they have really grown close in recent weeks since the split.”

Ms Symonds has now taken a job with Bloomberg working on promoting cleaner oceans.

Johnson’s spokesman said: “Boris never discusses anything to do with his private life.”

Ms Symonds was unavailable for comment.

MORE: Tories in crisis over Chequers

MORE: Boris Johnson in ‘suicide vest’ jibe at Theresa May on Brexit

You've seen the news, now discover the story

The New European is committed to providing in-depth analysis of the Brexit process, its implications and progress as well as celebrating European life.

Try 13 weeks for £13

Support The New European's vital role as a voice for the 48%

The New European is proud of its journalism and we hope you are proud of it too. We believe our voice is important - both in representing the pro-EU perspective and also to help rebalance the right wing extremes of much of the UK national press. If you value what we are doing, you can help us by making a contribution to the cost of our journalism.

  • Become a friend of The New European for a contribution of £48. You will qualify for a mention in our newspaper (should you wish)
  • Become a partner of The New European for a contribution of £240. You will qualify for a mention in our newspaper (should you wish) and receive a New European Branded Pen and Notebook
  • Become a patron of The New European for a contribution of £480. You will qualify for a mention in our newspaper (should you wish) and receive a New European Branded Pen and Notebook and an A3 print of The New European front cover of your choice, signed by Editor Matt Kelly

By proceeding, you agree to the New Europeans supporters club Terms & Conditions which can be found here.



Supporter Options

Mention Me in The New European



If Yes, Name to appear in The New European



Latest Articles

Podcast

ANTI-BREXIT EVENTS

Grassroots anti-Brexit campaigners are increasing the pressure on politicians ahead of a series of important votes this year. Here is a list of the events organised across Britain in the coming weeks and months.

Trending

Newsletter Sign Up

The New European weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy