Carrie Symonds: Will Boris Johnson’s girlfriend support ‘Bozzie bear’ at BBC TV debate

Boris Johnson is currently ahead in the Tory leadership race and looks likely to get through a second set of votes today. Six contenders remain in the contest to become Britain’s Prime Minister and will need to secure 33 votes each from Tory MPs this afternoon. Last week Boris won 114 votes which is more than double his closest contender Jeremy Hunt at 43. The former Foreign Secretary received flack for dodging the first TV leadership debate which was aired on Channel 4 on Thursday. But the would-be PM has said he will attend tonight’s BBC discussion if he gets through.

Will Boris Johnson’s girlfriend Carrie Symonds be there to support him?

Since Boris, 54, announced his divorce from his long-suffering wife Marina Wheeler in September, he has been seeing PR whizz Carrie Symonds.

Carrie, 31, is 23 years Boris’s junior and previously worked as Head of Communications for the Tory Party.

Miss Symonds stepped out to support “Bozzie Bear” (the reported pet name she has for him) at his campaign launch last Wednesday.

She wore a leopard print dress and looked every bit a first lady-in-waiting as she watched Boris from the back of the press conference.

Carrie has been credited with Boris’s rapid weight loss and smarter haircut.

And ambitious Carrie seems to have her sights set on number ten as firmly as her new beau.

While her attendance at tonight’s debate has not been confirmed, it’s likely she will want to be there to support Boris in his prime ministerial bid.

Quizzed about why he wouldn’t attend last week’s Channel 4’s debate, Boris claimed it would be “cacophonous.”

He told the BBC’s World at One: “I think it is important that we have a sensible grown-up debate.”

“My own observation is that in the past when you’ve had loads of candidates, it can be slightly cacophonous and I think the public have had quite a lot of blue on blue action frankly over the last three years.”

The other five candidates still in the race become Tory leader prime minister are: Jeremy Hunt, Michael Gove, Sajid Javid, Rory Stewart and Dominic Raab.

While Rory Stewart won less than 20 votes in the last ballot, he is confident he will make it through today.

Bookies have slashed the odds around Rory Stewart after the former spy’s unconventional campaign has gained traction on social media.

The debate will be hosted by BBC Newsnight presenter Emily Maitlis and broadcast on BBC One at 8pm.

Who will be the next Prime Minister?

Boris is still the hot favourite to be Britian’s next Prime Minister.

Tese are the latest Ladbrokes odds:

Boris Johnson – 1/6

Rory Stewart – 10/1

Jeremy Hunt – 16/1

Michael Gove – 25/1

Dominic Raab – 50/1

Sajid Javid – 50/1

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