Congratulatory messages have poured in for Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds following the birth of their son.

On Wednesday 29 April, a spokesperson for the couple announced that Ms Symonds gave birth to a baby boy at a hospital in the capital.

They 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. Both mother and baby are doing very well.

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“The PM and Ms Symonds would like to thank the fantastic NHS maternity team.”

The couple has received numerous messages of congratulations on social media, including from fellow politicians.

“So thrilled for Boris and Carrie. Wonderful to have a moment of unalloyed joy!” tweeted health secretary Matt Hancock.

“Wonderful news. Many congratulations to Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds,” wrote Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak said it was “great to hear Downing Street is getting a new resident”, while Conservative mayoral candidate Shaun Bailey tweeted: “Congratulations Boris and Carrie! I’m so pleased for you both. Wishing you all luck in the world!”

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, also shared his congratulations on social media, tweeting: “Congratulations and prayers for Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds as they welcome their son into the world. Wishing them every blessing and happiness.”

London mayor Sadiq Khan offered kind wishes to Mr Johnson and Ms Symonds, writing: “Sending my warmest congratulations to Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds on the safe arrival of their baby boy this morning.”

Former prime minister David Cameron said he and his wife Samantha Cameron are “thrilled” for the couple, adding that a climbing frame “should still be in the garden” at Downing Street.

Mr Johnson and Ms Symonds first announced they were expecting a baby in February.

The couple also revealed they became engaged at the end of 2019.

In a post shared on her private Instagram account, Ms Symonds wrote: “Many of you already know but for my friends that still don’t, we got engaged at the end of last year ... and we’ve got a baby hatching early summer. Feel incredibly blessed.”

Mr Johnson has become the fourth prime minister to welcome a baby while in office in 170 years, following David Cameron, Tony Blair and Lord John Russell.

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