Jennifer Arcuri diary revelations may open fresh probe into Boris Johnson

Support us and go ad-free

Jennifer Arcuri has agreed to hand over her diaries to investigators, according to reports. It’s a move which could prompt a fresh probe into Boris Johnson’s links to the American businesswoman.

The Observer reported that 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.

Complaint from Rayner

The GLA confirmed to the PA news agency that it had received a complaint from Labour’s deputy leader Angela Rayner. It came after some of Arcuri’s diary extracts were published by the newspaper last week.

A spokesperson 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…

The monitoring officer is seeking further information in order to assess the complaint.

Read on...

Support us and go ad-free
The former mayor’s extra-marital affair

Arcuri’s links with Johnson came under public scrutiny last year. It was over allegations she received favourable treatment for her business ventures during his eight-year stint as mayor.

Arcuri alleged earlier this year in the Sunday Mirror that she and Johnson had a four-year affair when he was mayor. Johnson was married at the time to lawyer and author Marina Wheeler.

Jennifer Arcuri
Jennifer Arcuri gives evidence via video link to the London authority’s oversight committee (Victoria Jones/PA)

Johnson avoided a criminal investigation at the time. The Independent Office for Police Conduct found no evidence he had influenced the payment of thousands of pounds of public money to Arcuri, or secured her participation in foreign trade trips that he led.

The police watchdog only 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 Johnson conducted himself in a way that befits people in public office.

“We need a full investigation”

The Observer reported that 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 spokesperson 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 Observer reported that Arcuri told the GLA:

I am prepared to show you or your investigators copies of the relevant pages.

Johnson has previously said his dealings with Arcuri were “with complete propriety”. He previously welcomed the IOPC findings, as he criticised the “vexatious claims” against him.

The GLA’s monitoring officer will now review the complaint. The officer will try to establish whether it’s a “serious complaint”, and therefore whether the IOPC should investigate it again.

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.

Support us and go ad-free

We need your help to keep speaking the truth

Every story that you have come to us with; each injustice you have asked us to investigate; every campaign we have fought; each of your unheard voices we amplified; we do this for you. We are making a difference on your behalf.

Our fight is your fight. You’ve supported our collective struggle every time you gave us a like; and every time you shared our work across social media. Now we need you to support us with a monthly donation.

We have published nearly 2,000 articles and over 50 films in 2021. And we want to do this and more in 2022 but we don’t have enough money to go on at this pace. So, if you value our work and want us to continue then please join us and be part of The Canary family.

In return, you get:

* Advert free reading experience
* Quarterly group video call with the Editor-in-Chief
* Behind the scenes monthly e-newsletter
* 20% discount in our shop

Almost all of our spending goes to the people who make The Canary’s content. So your contribution directly supports our writers and enables us to continue to do what we do: speaking truth, powered by you. We have weathered many attempts to shut us down and silence our vital opposition to an increasingly fascist government and right-wing mainstream media.

With your help we can continue:

* Holding political and state power to account
* Advocating for the people the system marginalises
* Being a media outlet that upholds the highest standards
* Campaigning on the issues others won’t
* Putting your lives central to everything we do

We are a drop of truth in an ocean of deceit. But we can’t do this without your support. So please, can you help us continue the fight?

The Canary Support us