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Here is a glimpse into the life of Boris Johnson, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
Date of Birth: June 19, 1964
Place of birth: New York, New York
Birth name: Alexander Boris by Pfeffel Johnson
Dad: Stanley Johnson, environmentalist, writer, former politician
Mother: Charlotte Johnson Wahl, painter
Marriages: Carrie Symonds (2021-present); Marina Wheeler (1993-2020, divorced); Allegra Mostyn-Owen (1987-1993, divorced)
Children: with Carrie Johnson: Romy, Wilfred; with Marina Wheeler: Lara, Milo, Cassia and Theodore; with Helen Macintyre: Stephanie
Education: Balliol College, University of Oxford, BA, 1987
Religion: Baptized Catholic, confirmed Anglican as a teenager
Brother Jo Johnson is also a Conservative politician.
Johnson was the fourth prime minister to study at Balliol College. The other three were HH Asquith, Edward Heath and Harold Macmillan.
Johnson has written books on British politics, history and culture, such as “The Churchill Factor: How One Man Made History” and “The Dream of Rome”.
1973 – The Johnson family moves to Belgium.
1987 – Becomes a trainee journalist for the Times.
1988 – Fired from The Times for making up a quote.
1989 – Appointed correspondent in Brussels for the Daily Telegraph.
1999-2005 – Editor-in-chief of the weekly The Spectator.
2001 – Johnson was elected as a Member of the House of Commons in Parliament, winning the seat in Henley for the Conservative Party.
2003-2004 – Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party.
2004 – Serves as Shadow Minister for the Arts. Fired for alleged affair with journalist Petronella Wyatt.
December 2005-July 2007 – Acts as Shadow Minister for Higher Education.
May 2008 – Johnson is elected mayor of London. He was re-elected in 2012.
August 2012 – Johnson gets stuck on a zipline during a Summer Olympics event in London’s Victoria Park.
May 2015 – Re-elected to Parliament, representing one seat for Uxbridge and South Ruislip.
July 13, 2016 – Johnson is appointed Foreign Secretary by Prime Minister Theresa May and serves for two years.
February 21, 2016 – Johnson announces that he supports the Brexit campaign.
July 9, 2018 – Johnson resigns as Foreign Secretary over his disagreement with May’s approach to Brexit.
September 2018 – Johnson and Marina Wheeler announce their pending separation and divorce.
July 23, 2019 – Johnson was elected leader of the UK’s Conservative Party and will take over as Prime Minister in May, pending the Queen’s approval.
August 28, 2019 – Queen Elizabeth endorses Johnson’s request to suspend Britain’s parliament from mid-September, shortening the time lawmakers have to block a no-deal Brexit. The news is facing opposition from politicians who denounce it as potentially unconstitutional and undemocratic. In a TV interview, Johnson denies trying to stop Parliament from limiting his Brexit plans.
September 4, 2019 – Johnson suffers defeat after Commons lawmakers approve a bill to block a no-deal Brexit, 327 votes to 299. It orders Johnson to seek another Brexit extension if he fails to conclude an agreement with the European Union by 31 October. deadline. Hours later, the House of Commons rejects the election demands, failing to achieve the required supermajority of 434 to pass.
September 5, 2019 – During a speech in Wakefield, northern England, Johnson said he would rather be “dead in the ditch” than ask Europe to delay Brexit. That same day, Johnson’s brother, Jo Johnson, announced that he would step down as an MP because he was “torn between family loyalty and the national interest”.
September 25, 2019 – Lawmakers have returned to work after the UK Supreme Court ruled that Johnson’s decision to unilaterally suspend parliament until mid-October – just two weeks before the UK leaves the European Union – was “illegal, void and of no effect”, a huge defeat for the Prime Minister.
October 17, 2019 – Johnson announces that British negotiators have reached a Brexit deal with their European counterparts, setting the stage for a vote on the proposal in Parliament.
October 19, 2019 – British lawmakers refuse to approve Johnson’s Brexit deal, voting for an amendment to delay ratification. The amendment required Johnson to send a letter requesting an extension to the European Union, and Downing Street later confirmed that the letter had been sent.
December 12, 2019 – Johnson’s Conservative party won a landslide election, securing 365 of 650 seats in the House of Parliament, well ahead of Labor’s 203 seats. The election gives Johnson a comfortable majority in the House of Commons and paves the way for Brexit at the end of January.
January 31, 2020 – Britain officially leaves the European Union, entering a transition period until the end of 2020 during which the UK must negotiate its future relationship with Europe.
February 29, 2020 – Johnson and Carrie Symonds, a former Conservative Party communications officer, announce they are expecting a baby and are engaged.
March 27, 2020 – Johnson announces that he has tested positive for coronavirus.
April 5, 2020 – Johnson is being admitted to St Thomas’ Hospital in London for testing as part of a “precautionary measure” due to Johnson’s continuing coronavirus symptoms, the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement.
April 6, 2020 – Johnson is being moved to an intensive care unit after his condition with coronavirus symptoms “worsened”, according to a Downing Street spokesperson.
April 12, 2020 – A Downing Street spokesman announces that Johnson has been discharged from hospital.
April 29, 2020 – Johnson and Symonds announce the birth of a baby boy.
May 2, 2020 – Johnson and Symonds announce the name of their newborn son, Wilfred Lawrie Nicholas Johnson. He was given the middle name Nicholas in honor of two doctors who treated Johnson while he was suffering from coronavirus.
May 6, 2021 – In the UK election, Johnson’s Conservative Party retains town halls in key battleground areas and increases its share of local councils.
May 29, 2021 – Johnson and Symonds tied the knot in a “small ceremony” held in secret at Westminster Cathedral in London.
December 9, 2021 – Johnson and Symonds announce the birth of a baby girl.
January 31, 2021 – A long-awaited government report on “Partygate” is released, outlining an investigation into Johnson that revealed multiple parties, some of which Johnson personally attended, a culture of heavy drinking and “failure of leadership” in his government while that the rest of the country was living under strict Covid-19 lockdown rules.
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