/Boris Johnson will spend Christmas at No10 with girlfriend Carrie Symonds

Boris Johnson will spend Christmas at No10 with girlfriend Carrie Symonds

Boris Johnson will spend Christmas at No10 with girlfriend Carrie Symonds and dog Dilyn – but will the PM get the new bike he wants on December 25?

  • Boris Johnson and his girlfriend Carrie will spend Christmas Day in Number 10
  • There had been speculation PM could go to Chequers country retreat instead 
  • Mr Johnson recently told friends that he is hoping to be given a new bicycle 

Boris Johnson will spend Christmas Day in Downing Street with his partner Carrie Symonds and their dog Dilyn, Number 10 announced today. 

There had been speculation that the PM could spend the festive season at his official Chequers residence in Buckinghamshire. 

But it was confirmed this morning that he will be spending Christmas in central London

The news came after it emerged that Mr Johnson is hoping to be given a new bicycle on December 25. 

However, he jokingly told friends that it could be left to him to buy himself a new set of wheels. 

Boris Johnson, pictured arriving at Downing Street today, will spend Christmas at Number 10

Boris Johnson, pictured arriving at Downing Street today, will spend Christmas at Number 10

Boris Johnson, pictured arriving at Downing Street today, will spend Christmas at Number 10

Mr Johnson will be joined by his partner Carrie Symonds, pictured earlier this month

Mr Johnson will be joined by his partner Carrie Symonds, pictured earlier this month

Mr Johnson will be joined by his partner Carrie Symonds, pictured earlier this month

Mr Johnson and Ms Symonds will also have the company of their rescue dog Dilyn who moved into Number 10 in September

Mr Johnson and Ms Symonds will also have the company of their rescue dog Dilyn who moved into Number 10 in September

Mr Johnson and Ms Symonds will also have the company of their rescue dog Dilyn who moved into Number 10 in September

Boris Johnson’s Christmas pledge to tackle homelessness

Boris Johnson today announced a £260 million funding boost for local homelessness services as he said it ‘cannot be right’ that in the 21st Century people are ‘having to sleep on our streets’. 

The PM said the cash would be used by councils to help people who are homeless or at risk of losing a home.

Mr Johnson said his government will ‘work tirelessly’ to bring rough sleeping to an end.

Visiting the Marylebone Project, a homelessness charity in London, he said: ‘This new funding is going to help councils provide better support to homeless people, and importantly, prevent people from becoming homeless in the first place.

‘But we have got to do even more, and we’re committed to expanding rough sleeping and homelessness programmes, and ensuring more integrated working between our local health and housing services.’

The Prime Minister revealed during the Tory leadership campaign in July this year that a bike he had been given by Olympic cyclist Chris Boardman had been stolen.

He recently told friends about his Christmas hopes: ‘I’d like a new bicycle – but I’ll have to buy it myself.’

Many British prime ministers have chosen to spend Christmas at the picturesque Chequers countryside retreat while some, most recently Theresa May, have opted to spend the day in their constituency home instead.

But in what is likely to be seen as an unusual move, Mr Johnson and Ms Symonds have opted to remain at Number 10. 

The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said today: ‘The Prime Minister will be spending Christmas Day in Downing Street.’ 

He added: ‘He will be with Carrie and with Dilyn.’

Asked if Mr Johnson had initially decided to go to Chequers but then changed his mind, the spokesman said Christmas at Number 10 had ‘always been the plan’. 

Dilyn has become a familiar face in Number 10 and played a prominent role during Mr Johnson's general election campaign

Dilyn has become a familiar face in Number 10 and played a prominent role during Mr Johnson's general election campaign

Dilyn has become a familiar face in Number 10 and played a prominent role during Mr Johnson’s general election campaign

It is unclear whether Mr Johnson and Ms Symonds will be joined on Christmas Day by any of their respective family members. 

Dilyn, a Jack Russell-cross, moved into Number 10 back in September. 

The rescue dog has become a familiar face for staff and photographers and was given a prominent role during Mr Johnson’s general election campaign.     

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