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What you need to know about Carrie Symonds

The prime minister’s partner is accused of political meddling—but whatever she’s doing is working

By Martha Gill   May 2021

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What you hear about the prime minister’s fiancée Carrie Symonds will depend on who you talk to. To one political camp she is a victim of sexist briefings to the media, a supportive partner to Boris Johnson and an ardent campaigner for animal rights. To the other she is Lady Macbeth or “Princess Nut Nut”—apparently an attempt to imply she is both spoiled and insane—using her influence with the PM to ensure her allies are hired and her enemies are fired. This March saw a brouhaha over reports that Tory donors had secretly paid for a makeover of the…

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