Jennifer Arcuri ‘agrees to hand over’ diaries to investigators looking into relationship with Boris Johnson
Tech entrepreneur Jennifer Arcuri has agreed to hand over her diaries to investigators looking into the Boris Johnson’s links to her, according to reports.
The Observer reported that Ms Arcuri had agreed to let the monitoring officer at the Greater London Authority (GLA) inspect parts of her diaries which detailed her dealings with the Prime Minister while he was mayor of London.
Ms Arcuri’s links with Mr Johnson came under public scrutiny last year over allegations she received favourable treatment for her business ventures during his eight-year stint as mayor.
Ms Arcuri alleged earlier this year in the Sunday Mirror that she and Mr Johnson had a four-year romantic relationship when he was mayor.
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Mr Johnson avoided a criminal investigation after the police watchdog found no evidence he had influenced the payment of thousands of pounds of public money to Ms Arcuri, or secured her participation in foreign trade trips that he led.
However, the Independent Office for Police Conduct said it “would have been wise” for the former mayor to have declared their “close association” as a conflict of interest.
The GLA’s oversight committee is investigating whether he conducted himself in a way that is expected of people in public office.
The Observer reported that Ms Arcuri had now agreed to be interviewed for the first time, and share notes she made in her diaries of their telephone calls and conversations.
A government spokesman told the Observer last week: “As mayor, Boris Johnson followed all the legal requirements in the Greater London Authority’s code of conduct at the time.”
The GLA confirmed to the PA news agency it had received a complaint from Labour’s deputy leader Angela Rayner, after some of Ms Arcuri’s diary extracts were published by the newspaper last week.
A spokesman said: “The GLA’s monitoring officer has received a complaint from Angela Rayner MP relating to the conduct of Boris Johnson (when he was mayor of London and occupant of the mayor’s office for policing and crime) and has recorded it in line with the GLA’s procedures.
“Recording a complaint does not mean that there has been any assessment or consideration of the merits of the complaint or that the complaint has any substance at this stage of the process.
“The monitoring officer is seeking further information in order to assess the complaint.”
The Observer reported that Ms Arcuri told the GLA: “I am prepared to show you or your investigators copies of the relevant pages.”
Mr Johnson has previously said his dealings with Ms Arcuri were “done with complete propriety” and previously welcomed the IOPC findings, as he criticised the “vexatious claims” against him.
Previously, Mr Johnson’s press secretary said there was “no case to answer” following the findings by the IOPC.
“This work has been done – public time, money and effort has been spent looking into whether or not there’s any wrongdoing and it was found that the Prime Minister, the then London mayor, has no case to answer,” she said.
The GLA’s monitoring officer will now review the complaint to see whether it is a “serious complaint”, and therefore whether it can be referred back to the IOPC.
Ms Rayner tweeted: “If Boris Johnson made promises of support to Jennifer Arcuri because of his personal relationship with Ms Arcuri it is vital that the GLA refers this new evidence to the IOPC and that the IOPC reviews its decision to rule out a criminal investigation.
“We need a full investigation into whether the processes behind the public funding for Ms Arcuri’s business and her presence on publicly-funded trade visits was the result of misconduct in public office by Boris Johnson.”
Additional reporting from Press Association.
The Observer reported that she had agreed to let the Greater London Authority inspect parts of her diaries which detailed her dealings with the Prime Minister