A former Tory party assistant has been photographed for the first time since being pushed into a row at the center of British politics.
Carrie Symonds was unknown to most of the public before her close friendship with Boris Johnson became the subject of attention when she announced that he and his wife were divorcing last week.
The reports, coupled with a strong Boris attack on Theresa May's Brexit plans, led to rumors in Whitehall that the former foreign secretary was clearing the decks & # 39; of potentially damaging stories before launching a battle for leadership.
Carrie Symonds, Tory's former assistant who is said to have developed a close friendship with Boris Johnson, was photographed for the first time since her divorce announcement last week.
She was seen in the field when her friends say she is going through a difficult time
Miss Symonds, 30, has not commented on the claims that she and Boris had approached and has not been seen since the details of their friendship were first published.
But the public relations professional was seen chatting with a friend in the field this week while discarding what his friends have said is a difficult time.
She delayed the start of a new role for Bloomberg Philanthropies, the charitable arm of the city's technology giant, this week after leaving her role at Tory's party last month.
There were allegations that Miss Symonds, whose work has been praised by her former colleagues, was forced out after being caught in the crossfire between Boris and Number 10.
Several prominent women in Westminster, including Sports Minister Tracey Crouch and MPs Anna Soubry and Stella Creasy, have complained about what they say is the "misogynistic" treatment that Ms. Symonds has received since the reports surfaced.
Westminster has been flooded with rumors that Eurosceptics are plotting to try to topple Prime Minister Theresa May because they believe her plan & # 39; Damas & # 39; Brexit makes too many concessions to the EU.
Miss Symonds's friendship with the former foreign minister emerged when it was rumored that she was plotting a leadership challenge for PM Theresa May
Miss Symonds was seen laughing with Mr. Johnson outside a dance in London earlier this year
Boris was spotted arriving home to Oxford looking scruffy earlier this week. He looked a little cooler yesterday morning when he left for the United States.
After Mr. Johnson resigned his role as Secretary of Foreign Affairs and launched a sharp attack on the plan, it was thought that he could be the man to challenge the Prime Minister in any leadership election.
The announcement that he and Marina Wheeler, his wife for 25 years, added more fuel to the fire with The Sun reporting that Ms. Wheeler is citing her "adultery". in divorce documents.
Boris has remained in the public eye since his divorce was announced, attending a Eurosceptic meeting in Parliament this week and speaking at an event in Washington DC last night.
Mr. Johnson spoke at the American Enterprise Institute after collecting the Irving Kristol Award during the night.
In comments that will replenish the speculation that he wants to expel Ms. May from n. 10, the former Foreign Minister said that his main priority as prime minister would be social mobility.
Boris Johnson posed for photos with guests at a gala gala in Washington last night
American fans wanted to pose for selfies with Boris while talking about his "priorities for Britain"
Some American fans joked that the former foreign minister should be "mayor of New York"
Mr. Johnson also renewed his demand for Brexit to mean a clean cut with Brussels and truly "regain control."
In his first major speech since the revelations about his love life and his impending divorce, Mr. Johnson also promised to continue saying things that his critics consider "absolutely scandalous."
When asked about his top priority for Britain, Johnson said: "Social mobility If you think about the great achievements of the Thatcher era, it was about helping people take control of their own destiny.
"It was about buying shares or buying their own houses … We need to recover that momentum."