PM should have disclosed 'close association', but faces no police probe - IOPC

Clay Curtis
May 23, 2020

The after that mayor would certainly have been "wise" to state a dispute of passion and also the failing to do so might have comprised a violation of the Nolan concepts for criteria of practices in public life, the IOPC stated.

IOPC director general Michael Lockwood said: "We found no evidence to indicate that Mr Johnson influenced the payment of any sponsorship monies to Ms Arcuri, or that he influenced or played an active part in securing her participation in trade missions".

Johnson's spokesman welcomed the fact that "this politically motivated complaint had been thrown out", saying it was a waste of police time.

The matter was referred to the watchdog because Johnson was head of the Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime, a role equivalent to a police commissioner, during his 2008-2016 term as mayor. She is now at the centre of a conflict of interest controversy after it was revealed she had a close personal friendship with current Prime Minister Boris Johnson whilst he held the office of Mayor of London.

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.

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.

"While there was no proof that Mr Johnson affected the repayment of sponsorship cash or involvement in profession objectives, there was proof to recommend that those policemans choosing regarding sponsorship cash and also participation on profession objectives believed that there was a close relationship in between Mr Johnson and also Ms Arcuri, and also this affected their decision-making".

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British media reported the two were having an affair.

The Assembly investigation had been put on hold until the IOPC published its findings.

Len Duvall, the Labour chairman of the Greater London Authority's oversight committee, said: "Our investigation will consider whether Boris Johnson conducted himself in a way that's expected from anyone in that position".

Initially he declined to deny any of the claims during sustained questioning on the RAF Voyager, but later broke his silence to insist "everything was done with complete propriety".

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.

The investigation was sparked by a report in the Sunday Times that Ms Arcuri joined trade missions he led, and that she received thousands of pounds in sponsorship grants.

Johnson's office also intervened to give her a place on trade missions to NY and Tel Aviv with Johnson, after she was initially turned down because she failed to meet the criteria.

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