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US News PM asks for his 'insufficient' reply to Arcuri claims to be kept secret

20:00  09 october  2019
20:00  09 october  2019 Source:   news.sky.com

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Arcuri was repeatedly asked whether she had an intimate relationship with Johnson, but Following allegations about favours and funds given to Arcuri , four separate inquiries have been launched • The London assembly’s oversight committee has given Johnson until next week to explain his

London assembly committee may also compel PM to appear before it to answer questions about relationship with entrepreneur. It is alleged that Johnson helped secure Arcuri places on prestigious overseas trade trips. Ex-aide says Johnson asked for Arcuri to be allowed on trade trip.

Jennifer Arcuri, Boris Johnson posing for the camera: Boris Johnson is facing an investigation over his links to Jennifer Arcuri © NetStorage Boris Johnson is facing an investigation over his links to Jennifer Arcuri

Boris Johnson has provided an "insufficient" response to an inquiry into his relationship with an American model turned technology entrepreneur, the London Assembly has said.

The prime minister is facing conflict of interest allegations following claims Jennifer Arcuri was given more than £100,000 in public money and privileged access to overseas trade missions led by Mr Johnson during his time as London mayor.

He has refused to deny outright that he had an affair with Ms Arcuri, 34, but previously told Sky News "everything was done with complete propriety" when quizzed on the allegations.

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However, Arcuri told GMB that the pole in her living room did become the center of some jokes between the two, but declined to say whether Johnson had ever used it himself. I made a joke once that if he wanted I could show him a few things [on the pole].

Oversight committee says PM failed to provide details of contact with businesswoman. He also asked for an explanation of how his “alleged relationship was disclosed and taken into account in any and all dealings with the GLA Ex-aide says Johnson asked for Arcuri to be allowed on trade trip.

Mr Johnson submitted a response to the London Assembly, which is investigating the pair's links, on Tuesday night at what was said to be the end of a two-week deadline.

a group of people sitting at a table: The PM has been asked for details of all contact with the businesswoman © Other The PM has been asked for details of all contact with the businesswoman

They had asked him for details and a timeline of all contact with Ms Arcuri, including social, personal and professional encounters during his period of office as London mayor.

The prime minister was also asked for an explanation of how their alleged personal relationship was disclosed and taken into account in any and all dealings with the Greater London Authority (GLA) and other parts of the GLA family.

The London Assembly, the capital's elected body, have now deemed Mr Johnson's responses to be "insufficient" and questioned his request for them to be kept secret.

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American businesswoman Jennifer Arcuri has been at the centre of a storm over her relationship with Boris Johnson. 'I am not going to be putting myself in a position for you to weaponise my answer. Boris had nothing to do with my other achievements.'

Questions remain about Boris Johnson’s relationship with businesswoman after her ITV appearance.

Labour's Len Duvall, the chair of the London Assembly's oversight committee, said on Wednesday: "The role of the London Assembly is to ensure that City Hall is above question and we must abide by the ethos of complete openness and transparency.

"We did finally receive a response from Boris Johnson, through his solicitors, which they have indicated may not be published.

"At this stage we are respecting that, but we are seeking further clarification.

"Nothing in the response, in our opinion, reflects the need for confidentiality. In fact, the response is insufficient as far as our request for information is concerned.

"We are focused on our investigation and considering next steps.

"A number of options are open to us; they include speaking to various people and using our power of summons."

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The PM has been facing repeated calls for clarity over allegations that Ms Arcuri was given public funding and privileged access to three foreign trade missions while Mr Johnson was mayor. You can choose on each post whether you would like it to be posted to Facebook.

She revealed he was "Alexander the Great" as she refused seven times to deny a sexual relationship - but denied he offered her "favours" while London mayor.

Mr Duvall added his committee was liaising with the Independent Office for Police Conduct, the police watchdog to which the allegations about Mr Johnson have been formally referred.

He added: "We're now formulating our response to the statements made in the letter and may make further statements once that response is finalised in the coming days."

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A Tory source claimed the GLA have "given out false information to the media and are now leaking private correspondence".

"This is yet more evidence that this is a politically motivated attack, not a genuine investigation," the source added.

Mr Johnson has been referred to the IOPC because, as mayor, he was also the head of the mayor's office for policing and crime, a role equivalent to police and crime commissioner for the capital.

The Sunday Times first reported the allegations about Mr Johnson and Ms Arcuri.

The newspaper has since reported fresh claims that Mr Johnson wrote a letter recommending Ms Arcuri - then a 27-year-old student - for a £100,000 a year job as chief executive of Tech City, which was established to help technology start-ups in the capital.

A Number 10 spokesperson said: "We responded to the GLA well within the deadline. We hope they will follow proper process in this matter."

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