Carrie Symonds speaks publicly for first time since Downing Street move

Boris Johnson's partner Carrie SymondsBoris Johnson's partner Carrie Symonds
Boris Johnson's partner Carrie Symonds
Boris Johnson's partner Carrie Symonds is expected to speak publicly for the first time since moving into Downing Street at an environmental event.

Tim Appleton, founder of bird-watching conference Birdfair, said Ms Symonds will give a five-minute speech on her support for conservation at the event on Friday.

She will then appear on a Question Time-style panel alongside guests including Chris Packham, presenter of BBC SpringWatch.

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Mr Appleton said the event at Rutland Water Nature Reserve has raised £40 million for global conservation projects in the 31 years that it has been running.

He described it as the "biggest eco-tourism fair in the world".

"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," he said.

He said he anticipated her speech to cover why she supports conservation, in particular ocean projects.

Public relations expert Ms Symonds, 31, resigned as director of communications for the Conservatives last year.

Today she is a senior adviser at Oceana, a US-based environmental campaign group, working with its marketing operation in London.

A profile on the charity's site describes her as being "passionate about protecting the oceans and marine life".