What does Carrie Symonds think – and does it matter?

Media interest in the female partners of male prime ministers tends to be unseemly and sexist. Private lives are private lives, after all. Why should Carrie Symonds, Boris Johnson’s fiancée, be any different? Maybe she shouldn’t. But there are those who say that the animal rights campaigner, and long-time media and communications advisor to the Conservative party, is more of a Dominic Cummings than a Denis Thatcher when it comes to influencing policy. Is that true? Does it matter? And if so, how does her influence affect our understanding of Johnson’s government?

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