Boris Johnson and Jennifer Arcuri probe finds more durable guidelines wanted in Metropolis Corridor


A cross-party inquiry stated the Higher London Authority ought to contemplate doable sanctions that could possibly be taken in opposition to a mayor or London Meeting members, whereas strengthening the foundations on “non-pecuniary pursuits”, equivalent to a private or non-public relationship.

The investigation was launched after Boris Johnson was reported in 2019 to have did not declare a sequence of potential conflicts of curiosity in relation to his relationship with Ms Arcuri whereas he was mayor.

The Impartial Workplace for Police Conduct subsequently present in 2020 that there was no want for a felony investigation into allegations of misconduct in public workplace by Mr Johnson, then serving as Prime Minister, regardless of discovering he could have been in an “intimate relationship” with Ms Arcuri.

In the present day’s report, by the GLA oversight committee, didn’t say what kind the sanctions ought to take, however the Committee for Requirements into Public Life has beforehand recommended a six-month ban with out pay ought to apply to councillors.

The report stated the GLA code of conduct wanted strengthening to make sure that any mayor or meeting member needs to be in little doubt that they need to declare non-pecuniary pursuits.

The committee stated the proof it had acquired from Ms Arcuri, by way of an online hyperlink, was “frank and trustworthy”.

She had acquired £126,000 in public funds and took half in 4 overseas journeys whereas Mr Johnson was mayor. As well as, Mr Johnson spoke at 4 of her occasions in London.

Caroline Pidgeon, who chaired the oversight committee, stated: “It’s clear the [GLA] code has potential gaps and areas the place strengthening is required.”

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