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Boris Johnson and his fiancee Carrie Symonds had their son Wilfred christened a Catholic, the largest Catholic cathedral in England and Wales has confirmed.

Westminster Cathedral said the couple had their four-month-old son baptised there in a ceremony on September 12 by Father Daniel Humphreys.

It is understood the christening was a small ceremony held in the cathedral’s Lady Chapel, according to The Daily Telegraph.

The Prime Minister and Ms Symonds, who has previously talked about her Catholic faith on social media, were reportedly holding Wilfred as he was baptised.

Crucially, it gives Mr Johnson an airtight alibi after he was accused of flying into Italy that weekend for a jaunt despite the twin crises of Brexit and coronavirus.

A spokesman for Westminster Cathedral told the newspaper: ‘I can confirm that he was baptised at Westminster Cathedral on September 12. It was a private event.’

The Prime Minister had been accused of leaving the UK for Italy after newspaper La Repubblica published an article carrying a statement from Perugia Airport which claimed that Mr Johnson had passed through ‘in the last few days’. 

Boris Johnson and his fiancee Carrie Symonds had their baby son Wilfred christened a Catholic, the largest Catholic cathedral in England and Wales has confirmed

Boris Johnson and his fiancee Carrie Symonds had their baby son Wilfred christened a Catholic, the largest Catholic cathedral in England and Wales has confirmed 

Westminster Cathedral said the couple had their four-month-old son baptised there in a ceremony on September 12 by Father Daniel Humphreys. It is understood the christening was a small ceremony held in the Henry VII Lady Chapel, a 16th-century building which is the burial place of 15 monarchs including Elizabeth I, Mary Queen of Scots and James I

Westminster Cathedral said the couple had their four-month-old son baptised there in a ceremony on September 12 by Father Daniel Humphreys. It is understood the christening was a small ceremony held in the Henry VII Lady Chapel, a 16th-century building which is the burial place of 15 monarchs including Elizabeth I, Mary Queen of Scots and James I

It was accompanied by a quote from an airport source, saying that he landed on Friday, September 11 at around 2pm.

The airport was forced to retract its claim when No10 said the allegations were ‘completely untrue’ – and revealed that staff had him muddled with Tony Blair.  

An airport worker mistook a ‘private citizen’ arriving from Farnborough in Hampshire as the Prime Minister, the president of the airport said yesterday.

However after checking their registry and liaising with police, the airport found that the one passenger who had landed at the airport on September 12  was ‘a private citizen and not Boris Johnson’. 

Perugia Airport’s president has now told the Daily Telegraph that Mr Johnson was ‘definitely’ not at the airport and staff mistook him for ex-Labour PM Mr Blair. 

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson during a service to mark the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain at Westminster Abbey on Sunday

Perugia Airport has retracted its claim Boris Johnson flew into Italy earlier this month – and said staff had him muddled with Tony Blair 

The president of the airport (pictured) set the record straight this afternoon hours after Downing Street first issued a robust denial of the story.

The president of the airport (pictured) set the record straight this afternoon hours after Downing Street first issued a robust denial of the story.

The withdrawal draws a line under a mystery that had Westminster puzzled.  

On the Friday he was claimed to be in Italy, Mr Johnson was faced with MPs preparing to rebel on his international law-breaking Brexit legislation and rising numbers of coronavirus infections across the UK.  

Mr Johnson has reportedly travelled to the airport before to visit his friend Evgeny Lebedev, owner of the Evening Standard, at his medieval castle.

Russian-born Mr Lebedev, whose father is a former KGB operative, is known for hosting lavish parties for celebrity guests at the Castello di Santa Eurasia. 

According to one report Mr Johnson worked from Downing Street on the day in question and took part in a Zoom call with 256 Tory MPs on Brexit.

Mr Johnson had tried to give a patriotic rallying cry to encourage his colleagues to back his controversial plans for the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.

One source said that Mr Johnson’s connection had cut out during the call and when he came back on he joked that he should probably invest in super-fast internet, Politics Home reported.

Lebedev, 41, who owns the Evening Standard newspaper and is frequently seen mixing in the upper echelons of the celebrity social scene, owns the breathtaking Castello di Santa Eurasia

Lebedev, 41, who owns the Evening Standard newspaper and is frequently seen mixing in the upper echelons of the celebrity social scene, owns the breathtaking Castello di Santa Eurasia

Russian-born Mr Lebedev, whose father is a former KGB operative, is known for hosting lavish parties for his celebrity friends at the Castello di Santa Eurasia

Russian-born Mr Lebedev, whose father is a former KGB operative, is known for hosting lavish parties for his celebrity friends at the Castello di Santa Eurasia 

Last year it was reported that Mr Johnson, during his time as Foreign Secretary, had been spotted at Perugia’s airport looking dishevelled ‘in last night’s clothes.’

A fellow passenger told The Guardian that Mr Johnson appeared to be stumbling around and at one point looked as if he might vomit.

There was silence from Mr Johnson’s communications staff when those reports emerged last year.

Last month, Mr Johnson nominated Mr Lebedev for a life peerage for his services to the media industry and his philanthropic work.

A Downing Street spokesman had said: ‘This story is completely untrue. The Prime Minister has not travelled to Italy in recent months. Anyone who publishes these claims is repeating a falsehood.’  

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Walkers and Wilko have thrown their weight behind the Great British September Clean with hundreds of staff helping out.

The crisp giant and household goods company are official partners of the campaign organised by Keep Britain Tidy and backed by the Daily Mail.

Both organised litter picks at the weekend, with Wilko staff taking part in a clean-up outside their base in Gravesend, Kent, while employees from Walkers arranged their own individual clean-ups.

Walkers brand manager Nick Day got his family to take part in a pick near his home in Tring, Hertfordshire.

Wilko have thrown their weight behind the Great British September Clean with staff taking part in a clean-up outside their base in Gravesend, Kent

Wilko have thrown their weight behind the Great British September Clean with staff taking part in a clean-up outside their base in Gravesend, Kent

Last year the firm set up litter picks at its Leicester factory and offices in Reading and Belfast, with 100 people taking part.

This year more than 200 employees have organised individual clean-ups.

Walkers, promoted by Match of the Day host Gary Lineker, also has a ‘Planet Team’ to co-ordinate picks in communities throughout the year. 

The firm said it was made up of people who are passionate about the environment.

The Walkers factory does not send any waste to landfill. Potato peelings are turned into electricity and provide a quarter of the company’s power every year.

Mr Day said: ‘It’s fantastic to be supporting the Great British September Clean. It’s a great opportunity for us to give something back and have a positive impact on our planet.

‘We usually do our litter picks as a team, close to our factory and offices, but things are obviously a bit different this year.

‘What it means is the Walkers team are now out and about, across the UK, with hundreds of people collecting litter with their families.’

Meanwhile, a team from Wilko took part in a litter pick outside its Gravesend base.

The company has worked with Keep Britain Tidy for three years and says it is proud to be supporting the campaign.

Walkers brand manager Nick Day got his partner Sarah and their dogs, Springer spaniel Rolo and Labradour Tess, (above) to take part in a litter pick near his home in Tring, Hertfordshire

Walkers brand manager Nick Day got his partner Sarah and their dogs, Springer spaniel Rolo and Labradour Tess, (above) to take part in a litter pick near his home in Tring, Hertfordshire

It is stocking stores with affordable litter-collecting equipment including pickers and bin bags.

More than 600 staff took part last year and this year the company is encouraging team members to host their own litter picks. 

Neil Feakins, of Wilko, said: ‘At Wilko, we’ve been doing our bit to support our local communities for over 90 years.

‘We love to get stuck in and we’re all about the little wins. That’s why we’re encouraging all our team members from stores to support centres and logistics to pull together, alongside our customers, to take part in the Great British September Clean.

‘We know it’s been tough these past few months but it’s never been more important to show the power of what little actions can have. Making sure our high streets and places we shop are clean and tidy means we can begin to safely enjoy them and appreciate them a little bit more.’

The Great British September Clean runs until Sunday. For more information, or to pledge to take part, visit keepbritaintidy.org/gbseptemberclean.

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