Cherie Blair says it will be "difficult" for Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds to raise baby Wilfred 11th because it's a "24/7 job" that takes time out of the family and "doesn't give privacy".
- Cherie, 66, had her youngest son, Leo, who is now 20 years old, on Downing Street
- When asked about Boris, she said it was "hard" to raise children there.
- She added that "privacy is not something that can be relied on" and the job is demanding
Cherie Blair has said that it will be "difficult" for Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds to raise their five-month-old son Wilfred on Downing Street because being Prime Minister is a "24-hour job, and it" no privacy "there.
The 66-year-old lawyer, who had her youngest son Leo, who is now 20, three years after her husband Tony's first term as Prime Minister in 2000, spoke to presenter Matt Chorley on Times Radio Monday.
She and Tony lived with Leo and their three other children, Euan, 36, Nicholas, 35, and Kathryn, 32, in the "pretty big" quadruple apartment at # 11 during their time on Downing Street because the # 10 apartment was too small for the family.
The Camerons followed suit, staying in 11th place. Mr Johnson and Carrie now live in the Mercy Apartment with Wilfred, who was born during the lockdown.
Cherie Blair has said that it will be "difficult" for Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds to raise their son Wilfred on Downing Street because being Prime Minister is a "24 hour job" and there is "no privacy " gives. Pictured Mr. Johnson and Miss Symonds with Wilfred in Study No. 10
Cherie and Tony lived with their youngest son Leo (pictured 2005) and their three other children Euan, Nicholas and Kathryn in the "fairly large" four-bed apartment at No. 11 during their time on Downing Street because No. 10 was closed small for the family.
Ms Blair said of the program: & # 39;It's not a small place to live because we've moved. The original apartment at 10 Downing Street was a small place to live and not big enough for Tony and me and our three children. Of course we had a nanny to help us because I was a working mom.
“But the apartment at number 11 11 is actually a pretty big house, so I don't think it's a question of space.
“However, I would say that raising kids on Downing Street is difficult because being Prime Minister is a 24 hour job anyway, and right now those two big problems, the virus and Brexit, are everything . Consume work, that is … but you will take over the work as prime minister if you know that. & # 39;
Ms. Blair added that the family had little time to themselves.
Cherie Blair shared her experience of raising a family on Downing Street
"People used to come in and out of Downing Street at all times of the day," she continued. “Data protection is not something you can rely on.
"It changes the dynamics of a group because I remember the attendant rang on Downing Street and said," The PM will be at 7pm. Can you make sure you have the baby and his dinner ready? "Of course there is no food for you on Downing Street. That is what the family expects.
"And you do that and everything would be ready and then he wouldn't come and it would be 8pm and the baby would be restless and go to bed and he would come in and dinner would be ruined and you would want to say," Where have you been ? "
"And then he would say," I'm really sorry, I just spoke to the President of America. "That's probably more important. It's a good excuse."
She added, "It took Tony a long time to realize he couldn't keep using that excuse!"
In June, Mr Blair announced that he had not done any housework, done laundry or cooked a family dinner since 1997. He claimed it was "impossible" to return to normal life after leaving office.
But Cherie told Chorley that Mr. Blair has shown an "interest" in cooking.
"I'm afraid housework and cooking were unfortunately never high on his agenda, despite the fact that he has expressed an interest in cooking and has now made several omelets," she said.
"He's opened the cookbook and loves to look at the pictures, but actually putting the pans down and cooking, we're still small steps in that direction."
Mr Johnson is only the fourth Prime Minister to welcome a baby on Downing Street.
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