Tory MP's 'honest' message to Boris Johnson about joys of parenthood

Tory MP Paul Bristow tweeted a picture with his son (Picture: Twitter)

A Tory MP has used an image from home to warn Boris Johnson about the perils of raising a newborn after the Prime Minister’s fiance gave birth.

Carrie Symonds gave birth to a boy on Wednesday morning and a spokeswoman for the couple said they were both “thrilled” and mother and baby were doing well.

The new parents were congratulated by many people, including The Queen who sent a private message of good wishes.

But Paul Bristow, Conservative MP for Peterborough, has since sent a light-hearted message to his boss.

He tweeted an image of himself looking dishevelled while holding his child, with the message: “Thrilled for @BorisJohnson and @carriesymonds on the arrival of their newborn. 

“Looking after a new baby is an unalloyed joy.”

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Carrie Symonds and Prime Minister Boris Johnson (Picture: Getty)
Conservative party candidate Paul Bristow talks to veterans during a D-Day 75th anniversary event in Peterborough as voting gets under way in the Peterborough by-election. (Photo by Joe Giddens/PA Images via Getty Images)

Johnson probably didn’t need reminding though considering he already has a reported five children, with his new son his sixth.

It is understood Johnson was present throughout the delivery, with the news that he would be absent from Prime Minister’s Questions coming shortly before the birth was announced.

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A Downing Street spokesman confirmed Mr Johnson is expected to take paternity leave in the future.

The spokesman said: “I do expect the Prime Minister to take a short period of paternity leave later in the year, rather than now.”

The spokesman added the family will live in Downing Street but could not confirm weight, timing, nature or location of the birth.

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A man carries a box of Dom Perignon champagne as he makes a delivery to 10 Downing Street after the birth (Picture: Getty)

Johnson and Symonds’s son is the third baby born to a serving prime minister in recent history.

Former prime ministers Tony Blair and David Cameron took paternity leave after the births of their children while in office.

The Prime Minister only returned to Downing Street on Monday, after contracting coronavirus and being admitted to intensive care.

Johnson tested positive for the illness on March 27, with Ms Symonds later suffering from some symptoms of the virus.

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