Boris Johnson & # 39; enjoyed a close friendship with the American model and tech entrepreneur in his time as mayor of London and failed to explain potential conflicts of interest after accompanying him on trips abroad & # 39;
- Technology entrepreneur Jennifer Arcuri received £ 126,000 in public money
- She also had access to three overseas trade missions with Johnson
- Her companies did not meet the admission criteria for the trips
- Sources say that the couple was very close and often seen together at her apartment
- Downing Street declined to comment on the allegations
Boris Johnson failed to explain a number of potential conflicts of interest with a former American model during his time as mayor of London after giving her public money and taking her on trade missions.
His close friendship with the model that technology entrepreneur Jennifer Arcuri has become has been investigated after an investigation by The Sunday Times.
Arcuri received £ 126,000 in public money and also privileged access to three overseas trade missions that Johnson led.
Boris Johnson's relationship with the American model and businesswoman Jennifer Arcuri has been examined
The couple, who have often been photographed together, were regularly seen together in her apartment in Shoreditch, sources say
Sources have also confirmed that he was a frequent visitor to Arcuri's flat in Shoreditch.
The former model, 34, in his twenties at the time, even described Johnson as one of her best friends, according to sources.
She moved to London seven years ago as a technology entrepreneur and was praised for her innovation.
But the investigation showed that Arcuri & # 39; s new venture received £ 10,000 in sponsorship in 2013 from an organization for which Johnson was responsible as mayor.
He also attended a number of events that promoted her business and gave her preferential treatment for foreign trade missions.
Arcuri received £ 126,000 in public money, as well as privileged access to three overseas trade missions that Johnson led
All this despite the fact that her company did not meet the eligibility criteria for the three Johnson trade missions she attended within a year.
Decisions to reject her for two of those journeys were later annulled after Johnson and his team intervened.
A leaked e-mail shows how she gained access to a trade mission in New York after consultation with the then mayor.
In this position, Johnson was bound by the code of conduct of the Greater London Authority to declare all private interests related to their public duties and to take steps to resolve any conflicts that protect the public interest & # 39 ;.
He was also not allowed to give favors to friends.
The two companies of Arcuri have lost more than £ 1 million according to their latest accounts.
The new business of the former model received £ 10,000 in sponsorship from an organization for which Johnson was responsible as mayor
She also received a £ 15,000 grant from the government in 2014 to encourage foreign entrepreneurs in Britain.
Last year she returned to the US, but this year she still won a £ 100,000 grant for English companies through the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Deparrment.
The department is now investigating the grant because of the findings of the investigation that the registered address of the company is a rental house in Cheshire that is no longer connected to Arcuri, who lives in California.
Johnson also spoke four times at her networking meetings.
The couple is often photographed together and she is often seen as praising politicians on social media.
Arcuri told The Sunday Times: & # 39; All the grants received by my companies and every trade mission I have joined were purely for my role as a legitimate business woman. & # 39;
She did not comment on the personal relationship with Johnson.
Downing Street declined to comment.
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