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Discussion in 'Personal' started by Duke of York, Sep 22, 2019.

  1. Duke of York

    Duke of York Star commenter

    Boris Johnson overruled officials to take friend Jennifer Arcuri on jet set trade missions


    "Boris Johnson failed to declare a series of potential conflicts of interest over a close friendship with an American model turned technology entrepreneur during his time as London mayor.

    An investigation by The Sunday Times can reveal that the woman, Jennifer Arcuri, was given a total of £126,000 in public money and privileged access to three official overseas trade missions led by Johnson.

    Sources have confirmed that Johnson, now 55 and prime minister, was a regular visitor to Arcuri’s top-floor flat in Shoreditch, east London."

    BBC article for those who want an update on this revaltion. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-49786650

    "Labour has urged Boris Johnson to address claims he failed to declare a potential conflict of interest in how money was given to a US businesswoman while he was London mayor.

    The Sunday Times said Jennifer Arcuri, an entrepreneur associated with Mr Johnson, joined trade missions he led and was given £126,000 in public money.

    She told the paper this was part of her role as a legitimate businesswoman.

    No 10 declined to comment. A government department says it is investigating.

    Ms Acuri was quoted by the Sunday Times as saying: "Any grants received by my companies and any trade mission I joined were purely in respect of my role as a legitimate businesswoman."

    The BBC has contacted her for comment.

    Labour's London mayor Sadiq Khan has told the BBC that he has ordered City Hall officials to look into the allegations.

    Mr Khan said: "All I know is what I have seen in the press. These are very serious allegations. At the moment they are just allegations.

    "I have asked my chief of staff to ask City Hall officials to look into what process there was during this time, were those processes followed, but also whether there are also any lessons that need to be learned."

    The newspaper says she moved back to the US in June 2018, but her latest company won a £100,000 grant intended for "English-based" businesses earlier this year.

    The Sunday Times said it had found the registered address on the grant application form is a rented house in the UK and no longer connected to her.

    The paper said the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport was investigating the award of the grant after the newspaper's inquiries.

    The government has now confirmed to the BBC it is investigating. But it highlighted the funds were awarded to a UK-registered company.

    A statement from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport said: "Funding for this scheme was awarded through open and fair competition.

    "We regularly monitor grant initiatives and treat any allegations of impropriety with the utmost seriousness."

    The Sunday Times claims one of Ms Arcuri's businesses also received £10,000 in sponsorship money from a mayoral organisation when Mr Johnson was in office, and she received a £15,000 government grant for foreign entrepreneurs to build businesses in Britain.

    Call for disclosure
    Jon Trickett, shadow minister for the Cabinet Office, said Mr Johnson should provide full disclosure on the allegations.

    "Boris Johnson must now give a full account of his actions in response to these grave and most serious allegations of the misuse use of public money in his former role as mayor of London," Mr Trickett said in a statement.

    "The public has a right to know how and why these funds were used for the benefit of a close personal friend without on the face of it legitimate reason.

    "This cannot be swept under the carpet. It is a matter of the integrity of the man now leading our country, who appears to believe he can get away with anything."
  2. blue451

    blue451 Lead commenter

    Doesn't matter. Those who support him or cheer him on won't care. They don't support him because of his ethics and integrity.
    blazer and mothorchid like this.
  3. Duke of York

    Duke of York Star commenter

    Interesting though that a paper owned by Murdoch is running this story when Boris has promised an imminent GE.
    Last edited: Sep 22, 2019
  4. Duke of York

    Duke of York Star commenter

  5. LondonCanary

    LondonCanary Star commenter

    Sometimes the right-wing fascists of the Murdoch controlled MSM get it right.
  6. Scintillant

    Scintillant Star commenter

    The dirty little liar.
  7. LondonCanary

    LondonCanary Star commenter

    Hold up. He hasn't denied it, yet.

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