Unlike their American counterparts, British “first spouses” – as they are sometimes referred to in the press – do not hold official political roles in the office of prime minister. It is an ambiguous role, many preferring to remain firmly in the shadows, while the prime minister carries on with the top job; However, many have also acted as important and trusted informal advisors.
As Carrie Symonds turns Carrie Johnson this Bank Holiday weekend, here’s a look back at the last 30 years of Downing Street’s spouse.
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