Reopen investigation into Boris Johnson and Jennifer Arcuri relationship, police urged

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The police watchdog is under pressure to reopen an investigation into whether Boris Johnson’s relationship with Jennifer Arcuri broke the City Hall code of conduct.

The calls on Monday came after extracts from Ms Arcuri’s unpublished diaries reportedly revealed how the then-mayor offered to be the “throttle” in advancing her career at a time she said they were having an affair.

Labour’s deputy leader Angela Rayner on Sunday night wrote to the GLA’s monitoring officer to ask her to refer the claims to the Independent Office for Police Conduct so it can “look again at its decision to rule out a criminal investigation”.

The IOPC said in May last year that a review “found no evidence” Mr Johnson influenced payment of sponsorship monies to Ms Arcuri or secured her participation in trade missions. But Ms Rayner said the latest allegations were “deeply worrying”.

Caroline Pidgeon, chairwoman of the GLA’s overview committee, said the new information was “significant” and that the IOPC “may wish to consider whether they need to reopen their investigation”.

According to the Observer, one diary entry recalls how Mr Johnson said: “How can I be the thrust — the throttle — your mere footstep as you make your career? Tell me: how I can help you?”

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