An investigation into Boris Johnson’s conduct as Mayor of London opened after a businesswoman at the center of a public money scandal announced they were in a relationship.
The prime minister came under increasing scrutiny today after Jennifer Arcuri claimed she had an affair for four years between 2012 and 2016.
Boris had denied the relationship had come about when it was found she’d been allowed three taxpayer-funded trade missions even though her companies didn’t meet the criteria for the trips.
Now the Greater London Authority – in charge of the mayor’s office – has opened an investigation to see if he has violated the principles of the job.
Len Duvall, chairman of the GLA oversight committee conducting the investigation, said, “Our investigation will assess whether Boris Johnson has behaved as expected of anyone in this position.
“It is important that we get these answers because Londoners deserve their politicians to be held accountable.”
Boris spoke at a series of technology events organized by Jennifer, who received £ 126,000 in taxpayers’ money for sponsorship and event grants.
100,000 pounds came in 2019 through a government grant.
Caroline Pidgeon AM, a member of the London Liberal Democratic Assembly and a member of the GLA monitoring committee, said The mirror “Let us not forget that the IOPC’s extensive investigation found that Johnson should have expressed an interest and that failure to do so could constitute a Code of Conduct violation when he was Mayor of London.
“Politicians’ intimate relationships are personal, but personal preference for people in contracting and public money is a completely different matter.
“The case of Boris Johnson being summoned and having to answer important questions about whether he puts personal interests before the interests of Londoners has suddenly grown stronger.”
No. 10 declined to comment.