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Prime Minister Boris Johnson and fiancé Carrie Symonds announce the birth of their son and other stories

Prime Minister Boris Johnson with his partner Carrie Symonds leave No10 Downing Street for the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey. Image: Andrew Parsons/No 10 Downing Street. Flickr Creative Commons.

Baby son for Prime Minister Boris Johnson 

A spokeswoman for the Prime Minister has said that both the mother, Carrie Symonds, and baby are ‘doing very well.’

She said the PM and Ms Symonds ‘would like to thank the fantastic NHS maternity team.’

Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe were among the first international leaders to congratulate the couple.

Mr Johnson’s conservative colleagues have also been congratulating them online, with health secretary Matt Hancock writing ‘so thrilled for Boris and Carrie.’

There was speculation that Mr Johnson would take part in the Prime Minister’s Questions time on Wednesday, but foreign secretary Dominic Raab  deputised in his place.

The PM had previously indicted that he would be taking paternity leave, but in light of the current coronavirus pandemic it is unknown if this has changed.

 

Schools to reopen in ‘phased manner’ after coronavirus lockdown

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson says schools across England are set to reopen to children in a “phased manner” after the Covid-19 lockdown.

He said the Government did not have a fixed date for reopening schools, but ruled out the prospect of them opening over the summer holidays.

He told MPs: ‘I also intend to be giving schools as much notice as possible.’

 

Labour calls for Priti Patel alleged bullying report to be fully published

The Labour Party opposition says the investigation into bullying accusations against Home Secretary Priti Patel must be released ‘as soon as possible.’

This follows reports in the Daily Telegraph, a conservative supporting newspaper, that the Home Secretary has been cleared of belittling colleagues and clashing with senior officials in three different departments.

The paper said the investigation, ordered by Boris Johnson, found ‘no evidenc’ to support claims the Home Secretary had bullied staff at the Home Office, Department for Work and Pensions and Department for International Trade.

Intercity train to be named after Captain Tom Moore

Great Western Railway has announced that they are ‘delighted to reveal that new Intercity Express Train 800025 has been named Captain Tom Moore.’

The decision was taken to honour ‘his remarkable fundraising achievements. during COVID-19 crisis.

This follows a huge amount of requests from staff and members of the public for him to be recognised.

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