Carrie Johnson will give LGBT rights speech at Tory party reception
Carrie Johnson will give LGBT rights speech at Tory party conference’s Pride reception
- Carrie Johnson, 33, has been named guest of honour at an LGBT+ event
- She will give a speech at the Conservative Party’s Pride reception next week
- The Conservative Party conference will begin in Manchester on October 3
Carrie Johnson will give an LGBT rights speech at the Conservative Party conference next week, it has been revealed.
The prime minister’s wife, 33, has been named guest of honour at the party’s Pride reception in Manchester.
Mrs Johnson, who is currently pregnant with her second child, is ‘a longstanding ally’, according to Elena Bunbury, chairwoman of the LGBT+ Conservatives.
She told The Times: ‘Carrie has always been a good sport to LGBT+ Conservatives.
‘She even judged our virtual lip-sync last conference. We’re thrilled she’ll be joining us in person this year in Manchester.’
The LGBT+ event will be held in partnership with Stonewall, a charity that sparked controversy over a scheme for ‘diversity champions’ in Government.
The speech is a rare appearance for Mrs Johnson, who rarely involves herself directly in politics despite being a former director of communications for the Tory party.
The director of communications at the Aspinall Foundation, a wildlife charity, has previously lobbied on environmentalism.
Carrie Johnson (pictured), 33, has been named guest of honour at the party’s Pride reception in Manchester
It comes after the PM last week finally admitted that he is the father of six children after years of speculation about the number of children he had.
He told US TV it is ‘a lot of hard work’ being a parent before insisting that he ‘changes a lot of nappies’.
Mr Johnson is notoriously reluctant to discuss his often colourful private life but let down his guard on American television last week,.
In an interview with NBC on his trip to New York, he admitted for the first time that he has six children – from three different relationships – although there has been some suggestion that there may actually be a seventh.
The PM has a son, Wilfred, with third wife Carrie and four with his second wife Marina Wheeler. He also has a daughter from an affair in 2009 with journalist and art critic Helen Macintyre – although a court case in 2013 hinted that there may be a second.
Boris has never previously put a figure on the size of his family. Speaking to the Today show, he was asked if he was a father of six, replying, ‘yes’. Asked what it was like being a father to a young child while in power he added: ‘It’s fantastic. It’s a lot of work, I’ll tell you that much. But I love it, I absolutely love it. I change a lot of nappies.’
Mrs Johnson (pictured), who is currently pregnant with her second child, is ‘a longstanding ally’, according to Elena Bunbury, chairwoman of the LGBT+ Conservatives
The PM – who once dismissed reports of his cheating as ‘an inverted pyramid of piffle’ – married Oxford University sweetheart Allegra Mostyn-Owen in 1987, but they divorced in 1993 after he cheated on her with Wheeler.
In 2004, his four-year affair with journalist and society author Petronella Wyatt, the daughter of Labour grandee Lord Wyatt, became public. She later told how she had an abortion and suffered a miscarriage.
Mr Johnson was sacked from his role as shadow arts minister by then-Tory leader Michael Howard for lying about the relationship.
The following year he fathered a child with art consultant Helen Macintyre but again was reconciled with his then wife. They finally announced plans to divorce in 2019 year after his relationship with Carrie came to light.
Boris Johnson’s second wife Marina was reportedly ‘crushed’ and their four children ‘furious’ about news he was having his first child with Carrie in March 2020.
Ms Wheeler divorced Mr Johnson after throwing him out in 2018 amid claims he was having an affair with Ms Symonds.
She is also said to be aggrieved that Boris became engaged and tried for a baby while they were divorcing.
Mr Johnson is thought to have tried to tell their four children Lara Lettice, 26, Milo Arthur, 24, Cassia Peaches, 22, and Theodore Apollo, 20, in person that he and Carrie were having a baby, born later that year.
The PM has a son, Wilfred (pictured), with third wife Carrie Johnson and four with his second wife Marina Wheeler. He also has a daughter from an affair in 2009 with journalist and art critic Helen Macintyre – although a court case in 2013 hinted that there may be a second
But not all of his children reportedly turned up for their father’s announcement and are said to be ‘furious’ because they believe Carrie and Boris got together after an affair.
On discovering his relationship with Carrie, who is 24 years Boris’ junior, Lara told friends he was a ‘selfish b*****d’ and all the children are said to have been supporting their mother through the divorce.
Boris had a fifth child from an affair with art consultant Helen Macintyre.
At first he denied he was the father and even sought a High Court injunction in 2013 to prevent her existence becoming public. He lost, and also the case led to claims there was another secret love child.
The confusion sprang from the judgment that suggested he may have fathered two children as a result of the affair with Ms Macintyre.
It read: ‘What was material was that the father’s infidelities resulted in the conception of children on two occasions.’
Boris and Carrie’s announcement they were getting engaged was made just 11 days after his divorce settlement with Marina Wheeler was agreed in court.
The couple had been married for 27 years and have four children, with Ms Wheeler – a successful barrister – reportedly in line to receive £4million from her husband.
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