Investigative journalist turned backbencher is the official spokesman for the UK prime minister following the resignation of Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill
Who is Allegra Stratton, Boris Johnson’s new spokesperson?
Known as “Arnie” to friends, an experienced junior minister who has risen in the Foreign Office to become a junior foreign minister.
A married mother of two and mother-of-three grown-up children, Allegra Stratton, 61, has also served as a government whip in the Lords. She attended Magdalen College, Oxford and worked as a foreign correspondent before returning to the UK and her home town of Twickenham.
Her later marriage, to Damian McGrath, a University College London history professor, lasted for over 30 years. She and McGrath had two daughters, and they also had two sons – Becky, 35, and Ben, 30. In her career in journalism, Stratton has worked for the Daily Telegraph, the Times, the Evening Standard and the Financial Times. She joined the Foreign Office in 1999 and has been senior minister without portfolio since 2011.
A source close to the government said the prime minister’s Downing Street team looked to her as the person to represent Brexit, adding that she was closer to the prime minister on a personal level.
The news came after Boris Johnson’s staff, Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill, resigned their positions.