Boris Johnson Won't Face Criminal Probe Over Ties With US Businesswoman

Cheryl Sanders
May 22, 2020

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will not face criminal action following allegations of misconduct over his relationship with United States tech entrepreneur Jennifer Arcuri, according to media reports.

The review says that "it would have been wise for Mr Johnson to have declared this as a conflict of interest, and a failure to do so could have constituted a breach of these broader principles contained within the GLA 2012 Code of Conduct".

The Greater London Authority, the city's local government, said it had alerted the police watchdog because Ms Arcuri's company Innotech received 11,500 pounds ($US14,073) from the Mayor's promotional agency for two events in 2013 and 2014.

"We discovered no proof to suggest that Mr Johnson affected the repayment of any kind of sponsorship cash to Ms Arcuri or that he affected or played an energetic component in protecting her involvement in profession objectives".

The 2015 NY trip required the closest scrutiny from the IOPC, with evidence they may have been in an "intimate/sexual relationship" at the time, Mr Lockwood wrote.

Last October, the government's Internal Audit Agency ruled a decision to award a 100,000 pound grant to a company run by Arcuri was appropriate.

Arcuri describes herself on her Twitter feed as an entrepreneur and producer.

Boris Johnson and the Greater London Authority (GLA) won't face a criminal investigation into their dealings with an American businesswoman.

But the report also said investigators were "unable to access evidence from any email accounts, computer drives, or digital devices used by Mr Johnson and his appointees" at the time of its investigation.

The UK's police watchdog found evidence of a close and possibly "intimate" relationship between Boris Johnson and the tech entrepreneur Jennifer Arcuri which they believe influenced the decision to place her on foreign trips while he was mayor of London.

The allegations were referred to the IOPC in September because the watchdog has a remit over the City Hall role, as head of the mayor's office for policing and crime.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct brought its eight-month review of the matter to a conclusion Thursday, but said the relationship, which may have been intimate, affected the decision-making of officials who oversaw the distribution of public funds to private sector businesses.

The London assembly's oversight committee had put its inquiry into Johnson's conduct on hold at the request of the IOPC.

"Such vexatious claims of impropriety in office were untrue and unfounded", a spokesman for the Prime Minister said.

"Our investigation will consider whether Boris Johnson conducted himself in a way that's expected from anyone in that position". It's important we get those answers, because Londoners deserve to have their politicians held accountable.

"The IOPC was looking specifically at whether he committed a criminal offence".

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