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Boris faces no action for claims of misconduct

Boris Johnson will not face criminal inquiry over Jennifer Arcuri Johnson won't face criminal charges over Acuri - report
Deanna Wagner | 23 May, 2020, 15:24

The Independent Office for Police Conduct brought its eight-month review of the matter to a conclusion on Thursday (May 21), but said the relationship influenced the decision making of those in charge of overseeing public funds.

However, they did find that officers at City Hall when Johnson was Mayor of London were influenced by the belief that Johnson was in a close relationship with Arcuri.

Mr Johnson welcomed the decision.

Boris Johnson has avoided a criminal investigation over allegations he used his position while London mayor to get favourable treatment for businesswoman Jennifer Arcuri despite the police watchdog finding evidence they may have had an "intimate relationship".

Last September, a UK Newspaper revealed that Johnson while Mayor of London had a "close relationship" with United States tech entrepreneur Jennifer Arcuri and failed to disclose his relationship with her even though she received thousands of pounds in public business funding from the UK government and was placed on official trade trips.

Misconduct in public office is a criminal offence with a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.

In September 2019 he told the BBC "there was no interest to declare", adding: "Let's be absolutely clear, I am very, very proud of everything that we did and certainly everything that I did as mayor of London".

The report continues: "Mr Johnson's solicitors have said he has no relevant documents in his custody or control, and Ms Arcuri has said that she deleted any relevant email correspondence".

A spokesperson for the Prime Minister said at the time that Johnson had done nothing wrong.

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IOPC supervisor basic Michael Lockwood stated: "The IOPC finished an extensive, independent and also neutral analysis to identify if there were practical premises to presume the criminal offense of transgression in public workplace had actually happened".

"Our investigation will consider whether Boris Johnson conducted himself in a way that's expected from anyone in that position", said Len Duvall, chair of the authority's oversight committee. "Such vexatious claims of impropriety in office were untrue and unfounded".

"The oversight committee will take into account the current emergency when looking at the timetable for the investigation".

However, the GLA code of conduct at the time stated that even if there was an intimate relationship, Johnson had no obligation to include Arcruri's business interests in his own register of interests.

Arcuri, who is a former model turned tech entrepreneur, was handed a £10,000 grant by an agency set up by Johnson and he attended multiple events organised by Arcuri.

The grant is now the subject of a departmental investigation after the Times discovered that Arcuri's company's registered address is a rented house in Cheshire with Arcuri now living in California.

British media reported the two were having an affair.

Mr Johnson was officially described the authorities guard dog in September over public cash and also accessibility to trade journeys provided to Ms Arcuri when he went to City Hall.