Carrie goes to the polls in £395 ‘woke’ dress: PM’s fiancée joins him at voting booth in outfit designed by environmentally friendly north London label that supports ‘female-led businesses’
- Carried Symonds, 33, joined her fiance Boris Johnson to vote in local elections
- Was seen walking into Westminster’s Methodist Hall wearing O Pioneers dress
- ‘Slow fashion’ brand has environmentally friendly commitment to sustainability
The Prime Minister and his fiancée put on a united front as they cast their ballots at Methodist Central Hall in London amid the dramatic fallout from their lavish flat refurbishment.
And now it has emerged that Miss Symonds, 33, wore a £395 dress from a ‘woke’ London fashion label that boasts of being environmentally friendly and supports women in the ‘male-dominated’ fashion industry.
The Liberty print dress comes from O Pioneers, which has become a favourite of fashion editors because of its commitment to sustainability.
It specialises in using past season or end-of-line fabrics and off-cuts which might otherwise end up in landfill. The label, set up in trendy Camden, north London, uses local seamstresses rather than having items made abroad.
Carrie Symonds joined fiance Boris Johnson at the polls yesterday, wearing a £395 dress that fashion insiders suggested may have been picked for its ‘woke’ credentials
The £395 dress from a ‘woke’ north London fashion label that Carrie Symonds wore to vote yesterday
The label’s website says it supports women and ‘female-led businesses’.
The couple smiled and waved for the cameras as they voted yesterday, amid intensifying scrutiny over the £58,000 refit of their Downing Street residence.
Miss Symonds was said to have been the driving force behind the lavish refurbishment as she was reportedly keen to dump a ‘John Lewis furniture nightmare’ inherited from Theresa May.
It has since transpired that Britain’s top civil servant Simon Case only discovered Boris Johnson wanted a charity to pay for his Downing Street flat makeover when he read about it in the Daily Mail.
Former royal aide Mr Case decided to look into the matter further and discovered that Tory donor Lord Brownlow of Shurlock Row had been lined up to chair the planned Downing Street charity and had asked two other peers to join the board.
Mr Case had a meeting with the potential trustees, former Thatcher adviser Lord Powell and senior Labour peer Baroness Jay, to find out what was happening.
Mr Case is now conducting one of several investigations into how the costly redecoration of the Number 11 residence was funded.
Miss Symonds, 33, and the Prime Minister went to Westminster’s Methodist Central Hall yesterday to cast their local election vote
A Cabinet Office spokesman confirmed: ‘The Cabinet Secretary only became aware of the Trust in late February.’
The inquiry follows a string of revelations in the Mail suggesting a £58,000 cost overrun may have been paid originally by the Conservative Party before being covered by Tory donor Lord Brownlow.
Mr Johnson told Ministers that he had settled the bill with his own money, but has ducked questions about who originally paid out when the work at 11, Downing Street was completed last year.
Failure to declare donations is an offence under electoral law, punishable by fines of up to £20,000.
The Electoral Commission last week opened a formal investigation into the funding of the lavish refurbishment of the couple’s official flat.
‘We are now satisfied that there are reasonable grounds to suspect that an offence or offences may have occurred,’ announced the watchdog.
It has sweeping powers to demand documents and interview witnesses under caution. Failure to comply or tell the truth is a criminal offence.
No serving prime minister has ever been interviewed under caution in relation to an alleged breach of the law.