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Boris Johnson's pregnant wife rejects her maternity leave

Carrie on saving elephants! Boris Johnson’s pregnant wife rejects her maternity leave and plans to keep on working at animal foundation after she gives birth to their second child

Boris Johnson used his keynote speech at this year’s Tory Party conference to urge people to return to their offices this autumn.

And his wife, Carrie, is determined to demonstrate her devotion to hard work.

I hear she’s planning to take no maternity leave after she gives birth to her second child, which is due around Christmas.

Damian Aspinall and Carrie Johnson with the cheetahs at an Aspinall Foundation zoo

Carrie, 33, is head of communications for the Aspinall Foundation, which runs wildlife parks in Kent and releases zoo animals back into the wild.

She’s been working with her boss, the casino and safari park heir Damian Aspinall, on negotiations with the Kenyan government about ambitious plans to send a herd of elephants to Africa next year.

‘She is completely dedicated to releasing these elephants in the wild and wants to be fully involved in the process,’ one of her friends tells me.

‘Carrie is a hard worker and will be able to juggle it with having a newborn — she’s already been working while looking after 18-month-old Wilf and a very spirited Jack Russell, Dilyn.’

It would be a highly unusual move, as women are legally allowed to take up to a year’s maternity leave, with up to 39 weeks paid by their employer.

‘I hear she’s planning to take no maternity leave after she gives birth to her second child, which is due around Christmas,’ Richard Eden says

As a result, the Aspinall Foundation is not advertising for maternity cover for her position.

The baby will be Boris’s seventh child by three mothers. He has four grown-up children with his second wife, the barrister Marina Wheeler, and a daughter from his extra-marital relationship with art expert Helen Macintyre.

Carrie certainly has her work cut out with the elephants. The project — a world-first — involves building bespoke crates for the herd, which weighs 25 tonnes.

The elephants will then be transported from Howletts Wild Animal Park on a Boeing 747 to Kenya, more than 4,000 miles away.

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