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The second couple at No.10

After Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds’ wedding, there are now two powerful married couples in Number 10. Meet the other…

The second couple at No10

First published
Tuesday 1 June 2021

Last updated
Tuesday 1 June 2021

Why this story?

It’s been as dramatic as an episode of Coronation Street in Number 10 recently. Boris and Carrie have got married. That jilted figure from their past, Dominic Cummings, has been badmouthing them in committee meetings. And people are asking questions about Dilyn the dog…

But amid it all, there’s one set of cast members that we shouldn’t overlook; another married couple, in fact. They are Munira Mirza, a former member of the Revolutionary Communist Party who now leads the Number 10 Policy Unit. And Dougie Smith, who used to run sex parties but is now running major parts of the Conservative operation.

For his latest audio investigation, Matthew d’Ancona went in search of this pretty-much-unknown power couple. The result isn’t just a portrait of a marriage, but of a new way of politics: Munira and Dougie are behind the “war on woke” that Johnson hopes will win him the next election. Peter Hoskin, editor