Fuming Boris Johnson cuts Scottish camping trip short after three days because location was leaked
ANGRY Boris Johnson had to pack up his tent and come home after his Scottish holiday location was leaked, The Sun can reveal.
The PM had taken fiancée Carrie Symonds and new baby Wilfred for a break after a traumatic six months.
Boris Johnson was furious when the location of his family staycation was leaked [/caption]
He had taken fiancee Carrie Symonds and new baby Wilfred for a break in the Highlands[/caption]
He and his family were camping in the garden of the cottage[/caption]
Boris and Carrie with dog Dilyn, who joined them on the trip[/caption]
It was his first getaway since the start of the coronavirus pandemic which saw him fall seriously ill with Covid-19 shortly before his son’s birth at the end of April.
But the windswept location was leaked when photos of his secluded Highland cottage and tent were published.
Bodyguards said it wasn’t safe for the family to stay on and it is understood they flew home on Thursday after just three days.
A well placed source said: “They had been camping in the garden of the cottage but the security threat was too much.
“The tent could be spotted by a sniper from too far away for them to stay after the location was published.”
Pictures showed a teepee-style bell tent pitched near the holiday cottage and Mr Johnson looking casual in a bobble hat.
The cosy three-bed cottage has a woodburning stove and understated furniture.
The property has wood panelled walls and is adorned with watercolour paintings.
Boris pictured chatting to neighbours on the break[/caption]
Located on the seashore, The Old School has views towards the islands of Raasay, Rona and Skye and costs £1,600 a week to rent in high season.
Dogs are allowed so Boris, 56, and Carrie, 32, were able to take their two-year-old Jack Russell cross Dilyn with them.
The PM had pledged to tase a “staycation” this year and his break was nothing like as glamorous as other leaders such as Tony Blair have taken.
Mr Johnson had planned to spend a week in the countryside, but locals tipped off paparazzi and pictures appeared that clearly identified where he was.
The risk to the family included fears that they could be mobbed by Scottish nationalists. Members of Boris’s security team were seen taking down the tent and removing other camping equipment.
Scottish tourism bosses admitted this week that English visitors to their countryside had been put off by threats from local separatists.
Last night Downing Street did not comment on the PM’s holiday plans or security threats faced.
St Carrie is so capable
By Lorraine Kelly
WHEN I was a kid my mum and dad took me and my little brother camping to the Highlands of Scotland.
It never stopped raining, the midgies left us miserable and itchy, and my brother and I argued and beat each other up for the duration.
The only thing that would have made it even more hellish was if we’d taken along a squawking baby.
Which is why I admire Carrie Symonds for tucking son Wilfred under her arm, taking Boris by the hand and setting off for a camping holiday by the coast.
I’ve had some of the best holidays of my life in Scotland, especially Orkney, the Outer Hebrides and the Highlands, but never in a tent and not with a child that is a long way from being potty trained.
Carrie is obviously very patient and understanding, and if she can survive that with a baby and an overgrown toddler, she deserves a medal.
As for Boris, he got straight back to work after fighting coronavirus and took no paternity leave — only to have his getaway ended after three days. Give the man a break.
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Westminster was awash with claims his location was leaked by his Scottish nationalist adversaries.
A senior Tory told The Sun: “The finger of blame for this all getting out is being pointed at the SNP, particularly Ian Blackford who is local.”
Mr Blackford hit back saying: “This is completely preposterous and at no point have I referred publicly to the PM’s whereabouts. It’s nothing to do with me and to be smeared in this way is unacceptable.”
The risk to the family included fears that they could be mobbed by Scottish nationalists[/caption],