Amid coronavirus crisis, British PM Johnson’s fiancée gives birth to boy

Posted On Oct 19 2020 by

first_imgTopics : Johnson was present throughout the birth, she said. There was no announcement of a name.The new arrival tops a tumultuous month for Johnson. He returned to work on Monday after recuperating from COVID-19, which had left him gravely ill in intensive care at the peak of the coronavirus outbreak.Symonds, a former public relations executive, also had symptoms of the virus but recovered more swiftly.”This birth would be counted as premature,” said Alexander Heazell, professor of obstetrics at the University of Manchester. A review of SARS-1 and COVID cases suggested that the preterm birth rate was about double the normal rate, he added.Baby in Downing Street Johnson’s Conservative government has faced criticism for its handling of the coronavirus epidemic and its slow initial response. The country now has one of the world’s highest death tolls, with more than 21,000 fatalities.But he benefited from public sympathy over his hospitalization, and state broadcaster the BBC and other media outlets made the baby’s birth the top item on their news bulletins.”Great to hear Downing Street is getting a new resident,” said Johnson’s finance minister, Rishi Sunak.Opposition Labor Party leader Keir Starmer said: “Wonderful news. Many congratulations to Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds.”England’s chief midwife also joined in the congratulations.”I am incredibly proud of the NHS maternity team who looked after them,” said Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent, the chief midwifery officer for England.Symonds and Johnson have been living together in Downing Street since he became prime minister in July. They announced in February they were expecting their first child and that they were engaged to be married.Johnson, once dubbed “Bonking Boris” by Britain’s tabloid media, has a complicated private life.He was once sacked from the Conservative Party’s policy team while in opposition for lying about an extra-marital affair. He has been divorced twice and refuses to say how many children he has fathered.In 2013, when Johnson was mayor of London, appeal court judges ruled that the public had the right to know he had an extra-marital affair with a woman who gave birth to his daughter.Johnson’s previous marriage was to Marina Wheeler, a lawyer. They had four children together but announced in September 2018 that they had separated. They divorced earlier this year.Few British leaders have had babies while in office, although it has become more common among recent occupants of Downing Street.David Cameron’s wife, Samantha, gave birth to their daughter, Florence, in 2010 and Tony Blair’s wife Cherie gave birth to their son, Leo, in 2006.Before that, Frances, the wife of John Russell, a 19th-Century Whig and Liberal politician, gave birth to two children in 1848 and 1849 while he was in office.center_img British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s fiancée, Carrie Symonds, gave birth to a baby boy at a London hospital on Wednesday, slightly earlier than had been expected.Symonds, 32, had said previously that their baby was due in the early summer. Johnson, 55, whose country is facing its worst health crisis since the 1918 influenza outbreak, was expected to take a short period of paternity leave later in the year, his spokeswoman said.”The Prime Minister and Ms Symonds are thrilled to announce the birth of a healthy baby boy at a London hospital earlier this morning,” the spokeswoman said. “Both mother and baby are doing very well.last_img read more


Di Maria signing completed

Posted On Sep 21 2020 by

first_imgManchester United have smashed the British transfer record to sign Angel Di Maria from Real Madrid. Press Association United confirmed the signing of the Argentina winger on Tuesday after he completed a medical. United have paid £59.7million for the former Benfica player, who has signed a five-year contract with his new club. The fee eclipses the previous British transfer record of £50million, which Chelsea paid for Fernando Torres in 2011. It also exceeds the £37.1million sum United paid for Juan Mata in January. Di Maria said: “I am absolutely delighted to be joining Manchester United. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in Spain and there were a lot of clubs interested in me, but United is the only club that I would have left Real Madrid for. “Louis van Gaal is a fantastic coach with a proven track record of success and I am impressed by the vision and determination everyone has to get this club back to the top – where it belongs. I now just cannot wait to get started.” The 26-year-old, who cost Real around £28million when they signed him from Benfica in 2010, is regarded as one of the best attacking midfielders in the world. His signing is a statement of intent from new manager Van Gaal too. “Angel is a world-class midfielder but most importantly he is a team player. There is no doubting his immense natural talent,” he said. “He is a tremendously fast and incisive left-footed player who puts fear into the most accomplished defence. His dribbling skills and his ability to take on and beat opponents are a joy to watch. He is an excellent addition to the team.” The Argentinian won the man of the match award for his role in Real Madrid’s victory over Atletico Madrid in the Champions League final last season. He also made the most assists (17) in the Spanish league last season. The £71million summer signing of James Rodriguez lessened Di Maria’s chances of first-team football at the Bernabeu, however, and Madrid decided to cash in on the player, whose value increased following a successful World Cup in Brazil, where he helped Argentina reach the final. Paris St Germain were the early front runners for Di Maria’s signature, but they pulled out of the race to sign the midfielder after failing to agree a fee with the European champions. It will be interesting to see how Van Gaal attempts to slot Di Maria into his starting XI. There seems no natural place for Di Maria in the 3-4-1-2 formation Van Gaal has used since he took over at Old Trafford. The Dutchman has a plethora of options for the number 10 role, so Di Maria could be converted into a striker, or he could be deployed deeper in midfield. Another alternative is switching United to a 4-3-3 system with Di Maria as one of the front three, with Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata and Robin van Persie – among others – vying for the two remaining places. United’s summer spending total now stands at over £130million following the signing of Di Maria. Marcos Rojo (£16million), Luke Shaw (£28million) and Ander Herrera (£29million) have already joined the club, and more signings are expected before the transfer window shuts on Monday night. Daley Blind, Arturo Vidal and Kevin Strootman are understood to be on United’s radar. But the club have reservations over the state of Vidal’s right knee, which was operated on in May, and Roma’s Strootman is also recovering from a serious knee injury. Blind, whom Van Gaal knows well from his time with the Dutch national side, has been told he can leave Ajax if United make an acceptable offer. As of yet, no bid has been made for the Ajax utility man, according to his representative Rob Jansen. ”At this moment Manchester United have not been in touch with me or Ajax about Daley and I’m not sitting here waiting for the call,” Jansen told talkSPORT. Press Association Sport understands that contrary to reports, United are not interested in signing Nigel de Jong from AC Milan. A host of departures are also expected before the window shuts. Up to 12 players could depart, chief among them striker Danny Welbeck. Marouane Fellaini was expected to leave, but an ankle injury appears to have scuppered his chances of signing for Napoli. Javier Hernandez, Shinji Kagawa and Anderson are among a long list of names with question marks hanging over their futures. last_img read more