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Boris Johnson appears to FORGET the age of baby Wilfred during chat in Northern Ireland

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Boris Johnson today revealed that baby son Wilfred is starting to ‘vocalise’ and ‘goes out like a light’ when put to bed, but appeared to forget how old he is.

The PM, who rarely speaks about his private life, made the comments as he chatted with First Minister Arlene Foster and deputy Michelle O’Neill on a visit to Northern Ireland.

Asked how Wilfred was getting on as the posed for the cameras at Hillsborough Castle, Mr Johnson enthused: ‘He is getting to the stage where he is starting to vocalise when he wants us.’

Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis joined the group and intervened to observed that Mr Johnson and fiancee Carrie Symonds must be suffering from sleep deprivation.

But Mr Johnson said: ‘No, he goes out like a light.’ 

Ms O’Neill then quizzed the PM on how old his son is, to which he replied uncertainly: ‘Just between three and four months… I wouldn’t like to say exactly.’ 

Ms Foster joked: ‘That is a man’s answer.’ 

The PM, who rarely speaks about his private life, made the comments as he chatted with First Minister Arlene Foster (right) and deputy Michelle O'Neill (left) on a visit to Northern Ireland

The PM, who rarely speaks about his private life, made the comments as he chatted with First Minister Arlene Foster (right) and deputy Michelle O’Neill (left) on a visit to Northern Ireland

Mr Johnson and fiancee Carrie Symonds pictured taking part in an NHS call with baby Wilfred in Downing Street last month

Mr Johnson and fiancee Carrie Symonds pictured taking part in an NHS call with baby Wilfred in Downing Street last month

Wilfred was born on April 29, meaning he will be four months at the end of this month.

It is Mr Johnson’s first visit to Northern Ireland since the coronavirus crisis struck.

As well as discussing the pandemic and Brexit arrangements, he has held face-to-face talks with Irish PM Micheal Martin.

And he has been finalising the first stage of plans to mark the centenary of Northern Ireland’s foundation.

Northern Ireland was created in May 1921 following the partition of Ireland.

A forum and historical advisory panel will work alongside the Government to commemorate the anniversary.

The Northern Ireland Executive will receive £2.2 billion additional funding this year for its Covid-19 response.

The Treasury has also protected more than 316,000 jobs and granted thousands of business loans.

Mr Lewis said the centenary year would promote the region on a world stage.

‘This is a fantastic opportunity for people right across the UK to celebrate Northern Ireland and its integral place within our Union.

‘We will use the centenary next year to promote it on the world stage, celebrating its people, culture, traditions and enterprise and its vital contribution to the United Kingdom.’

Mr Johnson, pictured with fellow politicians at Hillborough Castle today, was on his first visit to Northern Ireland since the coronavirus crisis struck

Mr Johnson, pictured with fellow politicians at Hillborough Castle today, was on his first visit to Northern Ireland since the coronavirus crisis struck

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