Prime Minister Boris Johnson and wife Carrie announce birth of baby girl

Boris Johnson’s wife Carrie has given birth to her second child with the prime minister after a tumultuous 48 hours for Downing Street.

The couple announced the birth of a “healthy baby girl” at a London hospital earlier on Thursday.

It is understood that the prime minister was present throughout the birth.

A spokeswoman for the couple said: “Both mother and daughter are doing very well. The couple would like to thank the brilliant NHS maternity team for all their care and support.”

The couple announced they were expecting their second child together at the end of July, as the 33-year-old spoke of having a miscarriage a few months previously.

Her birth came the morning after the prime minister announced England is entering Plan B to combat the spread of the Omicron variant of coronavirus.

As well as facing Tory anger over the latest restrictions, Mr Johnson is battling the fallout of an allegedly rule-breaking Number 10 Christmas party last year which forced the resignation of senior Government aide Allegra Stratton.

A leaked video revealed by ITV News on Tuesday showed Ms Stratton joking with senior Downing Street staff joked about holding a Christmas party in Number 10 just four days after the event is alleged to have taken place last December.

'This fictional party was a business meeting... and it was not socially distanced'

Also on Thursday morning, the Conservatives were fined £17,800 over the controversial donation to help cover the lavish refurbishments to the couple’s Downing Street flat.

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer sent his congratulations to the couple on the arrival of their baby, and added: “Wishing your family health and happiness.”

The new arrival means Mr Johnson has at least seven children, although he has frequently obfuscated when asked exactly how many.

Wilfred Lawrie Nicholas Johnson was born in April last year and was named in tribute to the doctor who helped saved the Prime Minister’s life when he was admitted to hospital with Covid-19 earlier that month.

The couple married during a secretly-planned wedding at Westminster Cathedral in May.

Mr Johnson, 57, has four children with his barrister ex-wife Marina Wheeler. It emerged during a court hearing in 2013 that he had fathered a daughter during an affair when he was London mayor in 2009.