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Under fire: Boris Johnson referred to police watchdog over possible corruption

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Johnson has been referred to a police watchdog over allegations of corruption during his time as London mayor. Meanwhile, he is facing a possible no-confidence vote next week.

Boris
Johnson was referred to a police watchdog on Friday over links to a US businesswoman
whose companies were allegedly awarded state funding during his time
as mayor of London, the body said.

British
parliament reconvened this week when the Supreme Court ruled Johnson’s
decision to prorogue the institution unlawful and now the prime minister
faces further scrutiny following the Greater London Authority’s (GLA) referral.

The
potential investigation concerns allegations over a conflict of interest with
US entrepreneur Jennifer Arcuri when Johnson was London
mayor, from 2008 to 2016.

Arcuri
reportedly participated in three foreign trade missions alongside Johnson, even
though she was not eligible for the role she undertook.

Furthermore,
the Sunday Times reported last week that Arcuri’s firms
received two sponsorship grants from the mayor’s promotional agency while
Johnson was in the position. A third handout worth £100,000 ($123,000) was also
awarded to companies associated with the businesswoman earlier this year from a
former ministerial colleague of Johnson in the government’s Department for
Digital, Culture and Sport.

“The
IOPC (Independent Office for Police Conduct) can confirm we have received a
referral from the Monitoring Officer of the Greater London Authority regarding
a conduct matter against Boris Johnson and we are currently assessing
this,” the office said in a statement.

“This
will take time to thoroughly assess and consider before any decision is taken
as to whether it is necessary to investigate this matter.”

Under
fire from all corners

Johnson
suffered a further setback this week when his sister condemned the
leader`s rhetoric in parliament.

Rachel
Johnson described her brother’s words as a “particularly tasteless”
when he was referring to Jo Cox, who was murdered by a far-right
extremist in the run-up to the 2016 referendum on EU membership.

She added: “Words like collaborationist, traitor, betrayal, my brother using words like surrender, capitulation, as if the people who are standing in the way of the blessed will of the people as defined by 17.4 million votes in 2016 should be hung, drawn, quartered, tarred and feathered,” she said. “I think that it highly reprehensible language to use.”

source: dw.com

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