Boris Johnson is the UK's first Love Actually Prime Minister, with the twice-married 55-year-old Johnson having a much-younger girlfriend Carrie Symonds.

By Ian Horswill


Posted on July 24, 2019

The value of the Pound Sterling has risen slightly after 55-year-old Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson was confirmed as the new leader of the Conservative Party, and will inherit the position of UK Prime Minister on Wednesday (local time).

Boris Johnson is the UK’s first Love Actually Prime Minister, with twice-married Johnson having a much-younger girlfriend Carrie Symonds, a former Conservative Party PR guru. The role of the ‘First Girlfriend’ is yet to be detailed and Symonds, reported to be 31, has kept a low-profile since police were called to Johnson’s London home after a domestic dispute between the pair on June 20.

Johnson is the first unmarried UK prime minister since Ted Heath in 1970. A serial philanderer, the New York-born Johnson split last year from his second wife Marina Wheeler after 25 years. He is now dating Symonds and if the pair was to marry, Johnson would become the first British PM for 250 years to wed while in office. Symonds is the daughter of Matthew Symonds, founder of The Independent newspaper, and Josephine McAffee, one of the paper’s lawyers.

Love Actually is a 2003 Christmas-themed romantic comedy film in which the recently elected UK Prime Minister (played by Hugh Grant) falls in love with a young public servant Natalie (Martine McCutcheon).

US President Donald Trump praised Johnson’s appointment, saying Johnson is known as “Britain Trump”.

“We have a really good man who’s going to be the prime minister of the UK now,” Trump said. “He’s tough and he’s smart. They’re saying, ‘Britain Trump’. They call him ‘Britain Trump’ and people are saying that’s a good thing.”

“They like me over there. That’s what they wanted. That’s what they need. He’ll get it done. Boris is good. He’s gonna do a good job.”

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News outlets wrongly warned of a crash in the value of the Pound Sterling if Johnson won leadership of the Conservative Party and replace Theresa May as PM.

“Value buyers are coming in at these levels, sell the rumour buy the fact reaction,” said Viraj Patel, a foreign exchange strategist with Arkera, after Johnson’s win. “That 2:1 win for Boris isn’t as big as initially thought at the outset of this Tory leadership contest. May sit in the back of PM Johnson’s mind that he’ll have to be more appealing to Tory moderates than intended.”

Johnson has just over three months to make good on his promise to lead the UK out of the European Union (EU) by October 31 “come what may”, he said. Johnson radiated optimism in a brief victory speech to hundreds of party members and lawmakers, pledging to “deliver Brexit, unite the country and defeat Jeremy Corbyn”, the leader of the opposition Labour Party.

“I say to all the doubters: ‘Dude, we are going to energise the country, we are going to get Brexit done,’” said Johnson.

“We are once again going to believe in ourselves and what we can achieve, and like some slumbering giant we are going to rise and ping off the guy-ropes of self-doubt and negativity.”

The EU is adamant that the deal with May will stand, saying Britain has to take it or leave it.

“We look forward to working constructively with PM Boris Johnson when he takes office, to facilitate the ratification of the Withdrawal Agreement and achieve an orderly Brexit. We are ready also to rework the agreed Declaration on a new partnership in line with European Council guidelines,” said Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief negotiator on Brexit, soon after Johnson’s win was announced.