PM's partner Carrie Symonds makes first speech since No 10 move

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Boris Johnson’s partner Carrie Symonds has made her first public speech since moving into Downing Street last month.

She gave a short address to the Birdfair environmental event at Rutland Water Nature Reserve.

Ms Symonds is also due to join a question and answer session with Chris Packham, presenter of BBC Springwatch.

She quit as director of communications for the Conservatives last year and is now a senior adviser for US environmental campaign group Oceana.

The 31-year-old works with the charity’s marketing operation in London and a profile on its website describes her as being “passionate about protecting the oceans and marine life”.

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More than 24,000 people attended Birdfair last year over three days.

Tim Appleton, founder of the annual event for birdwatchers, said it has raised £40m for global conservation projects in the 31 years that it has been running.

He said: “We’re absolutely over the moon that Carrie is supporting us and we hope she will continue supporting us and conservation for many years to come.”