The 30th birthday party of Dr. Carrie & # 39; Apples & # 39; Symonds, a party of Abba, launched by well-connected friends in their family home in North London in March, was a very happy and very busy party with extremely fluid alcohol. .
Everyone was trapped. While the younger generation of cool Tories (including Carrie, dazzling with an elegant party dress) danced all night in the living room, the oldest cabinet ministers, including Environment Secretary Michael Gove and the secretary of the Inside Sajid Javid, they moved around the edges.
But perhaps the most striking was the vision of then-Chancellor Boris Johnson, 54, showing some of his most extravagant moves on the dance floor.
Tory's former communications director, Carrie Symonds, 30, (above) has been named as the conservative officer involved in Boris Johnson's marital separation.
Carrie was linked to the former Foreign Secretary after it was claimed that she had developed a "strong friendship" with the blonde in the months leading up to her separation from his wife Marina.
"He's surprisingly a good dancer and really turned his back on him," advises a fellow guest.
Of course yes! He must have had to move heaven and earth (and a lot of compromises with the Foreign Office) to be at the party in the first place, and he was determined to make a good impression on the birthday girl.
Because, as it turns out, he and Carrie (then the conservative communications director) had already been around for some time.
On Valentine's Day they enjoyed a romantic dinner "de deux" in Rules in Covent Garden, described by a companion as "an intimate meal and nothing to do with great affairs of state", while Boris's bodyguards fidgeted with the thumbs table .
Carrie Symonds, on the left, and Boris Johnson, on the right, were photographed shining maliciously at each other on the black and white ball of the Tories
Tory Party sources said that Ms. Symonds' departure from the conservative headquarters had nothing to do with her relationship with Mr. Johnson.
The previous week, they were photographed showing off maliciously to each other in the Black and White Ball of the Tories.
A month ago, in a private meeting for Brexiteers, they arrived together, spent all afternoon talking to each other and then left together.
While Boris is well versed in extramarital affairs, friends say that he is completely in love this time. And no wonder, because Carrie, who is barely five years older than the fashion student Lara, the eldest of her four children with her second wife, Marina Wheeler, is not glamorous, judging from the photos she continues to publish in social networks.
She is also blonde, charming (the nickname of "Apples" is due to her delicious cheeks), she was a gossip, contagiously funny, especially after a drink or three, popular with men and women and passionate about politics. And now Boris.
Ms. Symonds (pictured on the hood of a car outside Westminster) is barely five years older than fashion student Lara, the eldest of her four children with her second wife, Marina Wheeler.
They gave him the nickname of & # 39; Apples & # 39; for her delicious cheeks and has been described as charming, contagiously funny, popular with men and women and passionate about politics.
As one friend says: "Carrie is a person for whom the vivacious word could have been invented, she is very intelligent, very pretty, very sexy.
She is also, without doubt, extremely ambitious and, as it turns out, did not bother to keep their relationship secret.
So while Boris desperately dabbled both at home (after all his affairs, he had a final warning from Marina) and at work (he was constantly guarding his furious protection agents so the couple could get together), Carrie was very happy to share Details of your appointments with friends.
At a colleague's wedding three months ago he showed some of Boris's most daring texts to a friend. When an official-looking car appeared at the wedding venue shortly after, her friends allegedly speculated if she had gone to meet Boris to spend the night in Chevening, her residence in the Foreign Office of grace and favor.
Its opening may have been deliberate. According to a friend, & # 39; Apples & # 39; He was never the type to be the one on the side.
A friend described Ms. Symonds as "a person for whom the vivacious word could have been invented." She is very intelligent, very pretty, very sexy & # 39;
Carrie is the product of an extramarital affair. His parents are Matthew Symonds, 64, one of the founders of the Independent newspaper, and Josephine Mcaffee, 70, who was then one of the newspaper's lawyers. They were both married to other people at the time
"I do not think you mess with Carrie," says the friend, who insists that the reason why Marina and Boris finally announced their separation after 25 years is because Carrie would not have borne anything less.
"She would have said, 'Do the right thing or I will not get involved.'" She would like everything to be official and out of place, and she would not want him to cheat on his wife or lie to her children. pretty moral.
Which may sound curious given the recent events, but maybe his attitude goes back to his own childhood. Carrie is the product of an extramarital affair.
His parents are Matthew Symonds, 64, one of the founders of the Independent newspaper, and Josephine Mcaffee, 70, who was then one of the newspaper's lawyers. Both were married to other people at that time.
Carrie was born in London in 1988. Only four months later, her father's wife gave birth to Carrie's step-sister, Isobel (she has two other half-brothers), and her mother raised her in a beautiful three-bedroom house in one place. Quiet, leafy road in East Sheen, south west London.
His father gave him financial assistance, but, according to a friend, he never seemed to have a big presence in his life. "He talked about his mother all the time, but he never mentioned it," he says.
When the Daily Mail asked him about his daughter's connection with Boris, Symonds said that he literally did not know anything about this, he knew that she was changing her job. That's all I know. & # 39;
Carrie attended £ 20,000 a year at Godolphin and Latymer School in Hammersmith, west of London, where she excelled in almost everything, but particularly in sports, theater and socialization.
He attended £ 20,000-a-year Godolphin and Latymer School in Hammersmith, west of London, where he excelled in almost everything, but particularly in sports, theater and socialization
He later went to the University of Warwick, where he earned a first-class honors degree in theater studies and art history. But politics was always his passion; She joined the conservative headquarters recently arrived from the university and became a press officer for Tory in 2009.
Immaculately made up, beautifully dressed, though, as one colleague says, "always a little older than her age: pearls and silk scarves, that kind of thing, and with an English carved glass accent", she cut a strip through your companions.
He worked on the successful campaign & # 39; Back Boris & # 39; to re-elect Johnson as mayor of London in 2012 and, after the 2015 general election, he was appointed special advisor to then-Secretary of Culture John Whittingdale.
Then came the notices advising some of the most important names of the Tory Party: Sajid Javid when he was secretary of communities, Tory MP Zac Goldsmith, Amber Rudd (who until recently was Minister of the Interior) and the current Secretary of the Environment Michael Gove .
She quickly gained a reputation as "an excellent spinner who knows a story and is a great operator."
For several years he left with Harry Cole, a political journalist and former co-editor of the political gossip blog Guido Fawkes. They were considered the "golden" couple of the young and handsome conservatives, but they split last year.
Approximately at the same time, and after last year's elections, she was appointed director of communications for the Tories and was named the second most powerful public relations professional in the United Kingdom by PR Week magazine.
She left this summer when, after tweeting endless positive comments about Boris, rumors circulated that she was too close, not only for Team Boris (she is a fervent Brexiteer), but for Boris himself.
& # 39; She was expelled from CCHQ by [Tory Party chairman] Brandon Lewis, "says a connoisseur." She was the communications director of a previous president, and at times she was surprisingly indiscreet in her loyalty to Boris and her criticisms of Theresa May, and actively promoted Johnson's interests before May. "
It's easy to see why Boris lost his mind.
Besides being young, beautiful and fighter, in her social network is a glamorous photo of her dancing on the hood of a car outside Westminster, in little flower shorts, she lives for politics.
"She understands what it is for him and how difficult politics is in the world to exist," says a friend.
But in addition to politics, she is passionate about the environment and animal welfare, and today begins a new job with technology giant Bloomberg, which promotes clean oceans.
Marina Wheeler, 54, (left) learned of the close relationship of the former foreign secretary with Carrie Symonds, 30, after her marriage crashed earlier this year.
The friends say that their instinct will attract both him and his appearance. "She knows what she wants, and will do whatever it takes to get it and will not take any nonsense," says one source. & # 39; He will enjoy it being in charge. He loves a strong woman and she will keep him alert. "
What "apples" he could see in Boris, 54, is another matter.
Was his frantic nightclub dancing? Could he be a replacement father figure? It is certainly old enough. But the friends of the couple snort at the idea. "In general he is more enthusiastic about the paternity of people than being a father figure!"
Of course, he might look like a crumpled buffoon in the news, but in the flesh, Boris is fantastically charismatic and full of energy.
"It's exciting and energetic," says one political commentator. "If you're interested in politics and you like smart men, then he's your man."
In any case, people who know Carrie Symonds think that the age gap suits her perfectly because she is far ahead of most of her peers and very ambitious. & # 39; Is an adult, does not want a child! Together they could be the power couple. "
In this stage, of course, there are many unanswered and unanswered questions. & # 39; Apples & # 39; Will they want children? Will Boris want more, once he has managed to rebuild bridges with his current descent, is that right? Will you want to get married (for the third time)? Who knows?
The only thing that is clear is that Carrie would support any attempt by Boris for conservative leadership with a determined passion and drive, because he almost certainly likes life at number 10 as much as he does.
These are some of the findings of a Survation survey for the Daily Mail, the first official survey conducted since the announcement of Johnson's divorce with Marina Wheeler.