Carrie Symonds is seen inside Number 10 with Boris Johnson for the first time during a reception for hospice staff

  • First official photograph of the pair together released by Downing Street  
  • Showed Ms Symonds laughing while PM addressed other women on her table 
  • Pair last pictured together last month enjoying a meal at an Italian restaurant

Beaming in mustard yellow, Carrie Symonds was pictured with Boris Johnson inside No 10 for the first time yesterday.

The Prime Minister and his girlfriend were seen laughing as they sat next to each other at a reception for frontline hospice staff.

Mr Johnson, 55, was also pictured standing behind the 31-year-old with his hands on his hips as she chatted to a group of women at the event.

A photograph of the event released by Downing Street showed Ms Symonds laughing while the Prime Minister addressed the other women sitting on her table

A photograph of the event released by Downing Street showed Ms Symonds laughing while the Prime Minister addressed the other women sitting on her table

The Prime Minister and his girlfriend were also seen laughing as they sat next to each other at a reception for frontline hospice staff

The Prime Minister and his girlfriend were also seen laughing as they sat next to each other at a reception for frontline hospice staff

Ms Symonds arrives at the back of Number 10 yesterday a reception for hospice workers

Ms Symonds arrives at the back of Number 10 yesterday a reception for hospice workers 

No 10’s official Twitter account published photographs from the event, with the caption: ‘PM Boris Johnson hosted a reception at Downing Street to thank hospice staff for their hard work, dedication and compassion.’

Miss Symonds tweeted it was "such a privilege to meet so many inspiring people who do such incredible work". 

The former Tory press chief, who appears to have dyed her hair a darker shade, has largely kept out of the spotlight since the Prime Minister moved into Downing Street.

She was photographed watching his first speech as Prime Minister on the steps of No 10 last month, and was then spotted enjoying an evening out with her boyfriend at an Italian bistro. 

However, no official photographs of the pair together had been released until yesterday. 

The couple had been living together at Miss Symonds’s flat in Camberwell, south London, where neighbours recorded the couple’s explosive row.

They had already put an offer in on a £1.3million four-bedroom home and started staying at a friend’s house while they waited to exchange contracts.

The Number 10 tweet read: 'PM Boris Johnson hosted a reception at Downing Street to thank hospice staff for their hard work, dedication and compassion'

The Number 10 tweet read: 'PM Boris Johnson hosted a reception at Downing Street to thank hospice staff for their hard work, dedication and compassion'

They are now the first unmarried couple to live in Downing Street and reside in the expansive flat above No 11.

Miss Symonds worked for Chancellor Sajid Javid when he held the local government brief, as well as for John Whittingdale during his time as Culture Secretary. Following a brief spell as an adviser to Tory MP Zac Goldsmith, she was appointed to the strategic role of Conservative communications chief.

Miss Symonds quit working for Conservative Campaign Headquarters in 2018. She grew up in East Sheen, south-west London, and attended the prestigious Godolphin and Latymer School.

The couple have not commented on the row at her old flat. Mr Johnson told the BBC it was ‘simply unfair’ to ‘drag’ his loved ones into politics.

Mr Johnson posing with staff from the Noah's Ark Children's Hospice inside Number 10 yesterday afternoon

Mr Johnson posing with staff from the Noah's Ark Children's Hospice inside Number 10 yesterday afternoon 

Mr Johnson shaking hands with an attendee at today's Downing Street reception to thank hospice workers

Mr Johnson shaking hands with an attendee at today's Downing Street reception to thank hospice workers 

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Carrie Symonds seen inside Number 10 with Boris Johnson for first time

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