‘I CAN’T WAIT TO SEE YOU’

BoJo’s fran­tic calls to aide this week af­ter af­fair furore They en­joyed an Ital­ian hol­i­day weeks be­fore mar­riage split

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - Front Page - EX­CLU­SIVE BY HALINA WATTS and ALAN SELBY in Lucca, Italy

BORIS John­son has told the for­mer aide linked to him that he can’t wait to see her again.

The Tory, 54, made an emo­tional call to Car­rie Sy­monds, vow­ing to “pro­tect her”. We can also re­port they were seen to­gether on hol­i­day in Italy just

weeks be­fore his mar­riage split was an­nounced. The Sun­day Mir­ror told last week how Boris’s long-suf­fer­ing wife Ma­rina, 54, found a string of mes­sages from Car­rie on her hus­band’s phone.

Boris and Car­rie were pic­tured beam­ing at each other at a Tory fundraiser – and it emerged they had en­joyed busi­ness meet­ings at the five-star Rose­wood Ho­tel in Lon­don.

Now sources close to BoJo say the for­mer For­eign Sec­re­tary has been in touch with Car­rie again within the past few days.

One friend said: “He told her he was sorry for how she has been treated.

“He said he was ab­so­lutely be­side him­self and wants to try and pro­tect her from this furore.

“Boris and Car­rie are good friends. And, when the dust set­tles, he hopes they can meet again.”

Pals of the pair say it is un­clear how their friend­ship will de­velop in the fu­ture.

But Boris is thought to be de­ter­mined to make sure Car­rie’s rep­u­ta­tion re­mains in­tact.

DRAG­GING

Our source added: “He has apol­o­gised for drag­ging her into what he calls a mess and for her be­ing vil­i­fied.

“His mar­riage break­down is not her fault. He is the mar­ried one, not Car­rie. And he takes full re­spon­si­bil­ity.“

The source said Ma­rina and Boris’s mar­riage had been on the rocks for some time be­fore Car­rie was ever on the scene.

He added: “This wasn’t the straw that broke the camel’s back. But it was the cat­a­lyst that made it hap­pen.”

When news of Boris’s mar­riage split first broke, Car­rie trav­elled to the South of France to stay with friends.

She is now back in the UK and was pic­tured chat­ting with a friend in the coun­try­side last week.

For many years she was at the heart of the Tory Party’s PR ma­chine.

She worked for MP Zac Gold­smith in 2010 and later on his failed Lon­don may­oral cam­paign.

And she also ad­vised Boris in his role as Lon­don Mayor.

In 2013 she was the Tories’ head of broad­cast­ing and af­ter the 2015 Gen­eral Elec­tion she be­came spe­cial ad­viser to Cul­ture Sec­re­tary John Whit­ting­dale.

She has also been an ad­viser to Home Sec­re­tary Sa­jid Javid when he was Com­mu­ni­ties Sec­re­tary – and di­rected Con­ser­va­tive me­dia op­er­a­tions dur­ing last year’s Gen­eral Elec­tion.

It was ear­lier this year that Boris and Car­rie were pic­tured beam­ing at each other dur­ing a Tory event at Lon­don’s Nat­u­ral His­tory Mu­seum.

A week later, on Valen­tine’s Day, they en­joyed lunch at swanky Lon­don restau­rant Rules in Covent Gar­den.

PHONE CALL Boris vowed to pro­tect Car­rie SUM­MER TRIP Car­rie and Boris hol­i­dayed in Italy

IT’S OVER Boris and Ma­rina were wed for 25yrs

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