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Political opponents have insisted Boris Johnson ‘still has many questions to answer’ following the police watchdog’s decision not to open a criminal probe into his ‘intimate’ relationship with his alleged ‘mistress’ Jennifer Arcuri.  

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) said on Thursday that it would not be launching a probe into the Prime Minister following claims of misconduct in public office, which he denies.

The London Assembly said it will resume its own investigation into allegations that Ms Arcuri received thousands of pounds in public money and privileged access to three foreign trade trips led by Mr Johnson when he headed City Hall. 

Siobhan Benita, the Liberal Democrat Candidate for Mayor of London, described the timing of the decision as ‘outrageous’ and urged the Prime Minister to face the London Assembly. 

Jennifer Arcuri with Boris Johnson on a double-decker bus in 2012, when he was Mayor. The IOPC said on Thursday that it would not be launching a probe into the Prime Minister following claims of misconduct in public office, which he denies

Jennifer Arcuri with Boris Johnson on a double-decker bus in 2012, when he was Mayor. The IOPC said on Thursday that it would not be launching a probe into the Prime Minister following claims of misconduct in public office, which he denies

Jennifer Arcuri with Boris Johnson on a double-decker bus in 2012, when he was Mayor. The IOPC said on Thursday that it would not be launching a probe into the Prime Minister following claims of misconduct in public office, which he denies

The Prime Minister pictured returning back to Downing Street today after his morning exercise. The London Assembly said it will resume its own investigation into allegations

The Prime Minister pictured returning back to Downing Street today after his morning exercise. The London Assembly said it will resume its own investigation into allegations

The Prime Minister pictured returning back to Downing Street today after his morning exercise. The London Assembly said it will resume its own investigation into allegations

Neil Coyle, Labour MP for Bermondsey and Southwark, tweeted following the IOPC's decision

Neil Coyle, Labour MP for Bermondsey and Southwark, tweeted following the IOPC's decision

Neil Coyle, Labour MP for Bermondsey and Southwark, tweeted following the IOPC’s decision

She said: ‘It is outrageous that a decision as important as this comes so late, effectively kicked into the long grass during the general election.

‘Boris Johnson may not be facing a criminal investigation but he still has many questions to answer.

‘The Prime Minister should face the London Assembly so that his conduct can be thoroughly examined. Avoiding scrutiny may be his trademark but it should not be tolerated.’

The review established there was a ‘close association’ between the pair and there ‘may have been an intimate relationship’. 

Neil Coyle, Labour MP for Bermondsey and Southwark, also tweeted: ‘Boris Johnson faces an Oversight Committee inquiry to see if his handling of Jennifer Arcuri when Mayor of London breached conduct rules.

‘They’ll be looking at ‘integrity, selflessness, openness and honesty’ in his conduct. Anyone else suspect they won’t find any?’

Neither the PM nor Ms Arcuri have denied that they were involved in an affair.

IOPC Director General Michael Lockwood said: ‘While there was no evidence that Mr Johnson influenced the payment of sponsorship monies or participation in trade missions, there was evidence to suggest that those officers making decisions about sponsorship monies and attendance on trade missions thought that there was a close relationship between Mr Johnson and Ms Arcuri, and this influenced their decision-making.’ 

The allegations were referred to the IOPC in September because the watchdog has a remit over the City Hall role, as head of the mayor’s office for policing and crime.  

The IOPC stated: ‘The Independent Office for Police Conduct today informed the Right Honourable Boris Johnson and the Greater London Authority (GLA) that it will not be conducting a criminal investigation into allegations that Mr Johnson used his position while Mayor of London to benefit and reward American businesswoman Jennifer Arcuri.

‘The IOPC’s Operation Lansdowne review found no evidence indicating Mr Johnson influenced the payment of any sponsorship monies to Ms Arcuri or that he influenced or played an active part in securing her participation in trade missions.’

But the London Assembly said it would resume its own investigation, which it paused at the request of the police watchdog. 

The allegations were referred to the IOPC in September because the watchdog has a remit over the City Hall role (pictured: Boris Johnson and Jennifer Arcuri in 2014)

The allegations were referred to the IOPC in September because the watchdog has a remit over the City Hall role (pictured: Boris Johnson and Jennifer Arcuri in 2014)

The allegations were referred to the IOPC in September because the watchdog has a remit over the City Hall role (pictured: Boris Johnson and Jennifer Arcuri in 2014)

Ms Arcuri, pictured

Ms Arcuri, pictured

Mr Johnson outside No10 today

Mr Johnson outside No10 today

A review established there was a ‘close association’ between the pair and there ‘may have been an intimate relationship’ between Ms Arcuri (left) and Mr Johnson (right, outside No10 today) 

A redacted part of the report, pictured above, which reads: 'The witness confirmed that Ms Arcuri disclosed to them that she and Mr Johnson were in a sexual relationship'

A redacted part of the report, pictured above, which reads: 'The witness confirmed that Ms Arcuri disclosed to them that she and Mr Johnson were in a sexual relationship'

A redacted part of the report, pictured above, which reads: ‘The witness confirmed that Ms Arcuri disclosed to them that she and Mr Johnson were in a sexual relationship’

Len Duvall, chairman of the Greater London Authority’s oversight committee, said: ‘The IOPC was looking specifically at whether he committed a criminal offence. 

‘That’s not our remit and their decision doesn’t have any real bearing on our investigation, which will focus on his conduct as mayor of London.’ 

The Assembly’s investigation will look at whether Mr Johnson ‘conducted himself in a way that’s expected’ from a senior public official, said Mr Duval.

‘The oversight committee will take into account the current emergency when looking at the timetable for the investigation,’ heded.

Johnson’s Downing Street office said it welcomed ‘that this politically motivated complaint has been thrown out’.

‘This was not a policing matter, and we consider this was a waste of police time,’ itded.

When Boris met Jennifer: PM’s ‘intimate’ relationship with techviser Arcuri

October 2011: Johnson first meets Arcuri at a gathering of venture capitalists in central London, while he is Mayor of the capital city. 

April 2012: He is a keynote speaker at the first networking event in 2012 for Arcuri’s firm. He visited her flat several times, where she has a dancing pole, during his tenure as Mayor between 2008 and 2016.

September 2013: At a Conservative Party conference in Manchester she photographed Johnson speaking, posting it online with the caption: ‘The laughter in the room makes this whole week worth it.’ 

November 2014: Arcuri is delegate on Johnson’s trade mission to Singapore and Malaysia.

February 2015: Arcuri is seen at events during Johnson’s trade trip to New York.

November 2015: Arcuri joins the London Mayor on a trade trip to Tel Aviv in Israel at his request.

May 2016: Johnson steps down as Mayor.  

June 2018: Arcuri moves to California.  

September 2019: Allegations about Johnson’s friendship with Arcuri break in a piece from The Sunday Times. Mr Johnson denies any wrongdoing. 

September 24, 2019: London Assembly members give the PM a two-week deadline to provide ‘details and a timeline of all contact with Jennifer Arcuri’ during his time as Mayor of London.

October 19, 2019: The London Assembly pauses its probe into the pair’s relationship after a request from the IOPC.

December 2019: Arcuri said she did not want to ‘be pressured intomitting’ to anything about her links to the PM during a GMB interview.

May 21, 2020: The IOPC announced there was no evidence for it to launch a criminal investigation into allegations Mr Johnson may have committed an offence of misconduct in public office, with the London Assembly to resume its own investigation.

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Ms Arcuri, 35, hasmitted hosting the thrice-married 55-year-old at her flat in Shoreditch, east London, which featured a nightclub dancing pole, but has repeatedly refused to answer questions about sex. 

At the time Mr Johnson was married to barrister Marine Wheeler, the mother of four of his children, although Ms Arcuri said the visits stopped after he became Foreign Secretary. 

The couple later divorced and the Tory leader’s 32-year-old fiancee, Carrie Symonds, recently gave birth to their baby boy, Wilfred. 

Ms Arcuri insists she and Mr Johnson ‘did nothing wrong’ and has previously said: ‘I had every right to be on those trips as a legitimate businesswoman and stand by everything that happened because these allegations are completely false.’ 

Ms Arcuri accompanied Mr Johnson on three official trade missions despite not qualifying as a delegate and her companies received £126,000 in public money. At the time they were allegedly having a four-year affair which he failed to declare.

The IOPC began an investigation on the basis that Mr Johnson was the equivalent of London’s police and crime commissioner at the time and Ms Arcuri agreed to give evidence ‘to clear the matter up’. 

Mr Johnson has refused to answer questions about what happened but claims he acted with ‘full propriety’ and had ‘no interest to declare’. He is also facing a standards investigation by the London Assembly’s oversight committee. 

Ms Arcuri spoke about her ‘very special’ relationship with Mr Johnson in an astonishing series of TV appearances last year. 

Ms Arcuri swerved queries about her relationship with Mr Johnson, telling GMB hosts Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid in December last year that she did not want to ‘be pressured intomitting’ to anything about her links to the Prime Minister. 

Later, speaking to Victoria Derbyshire, Ms Arcuri insisted Mr Johnson did not do her any ‘favours’ but said she wished he had declared her as an interest if it could have ‘saved me this entire embarrassment and humiliation’.

She said: ‘I would love an apology for acknowledging the fact that given all those years, you know, that I was on the ground, hustling and working as a student. I mean he saw my arc, he saw my progression as a young woman, graduating and becoming, you know, a mature entrepreneur.’

She also accused the Prime Minister of feeding her to the wolves. Asked if Mr Johnson ‘had bigger fish to fry’, she said: ‘That’s what you tell somebody when you meet them for the night, you don’t know them, you haven’t spent the hours with them, the investment into another person.

‘And the fact that I’m called out, just on GMB, because ‘why I am here if I’m not here tomit the affair?’

‘Well wait a minute I’m not allowed to be upset because somebody that was very much a part of my life, who knew what I stood for, the calibre and integrity and merit that I work at. I mean all these things he knew and he sat back, why?

‘He didn’t have to ignore me, it could have been a 30-second phone call, just to let me know that he’s acknowledging the fact that he, while he gets to be prime minister gets to feed me to the wolves – and I find that really disturbing.’  

Ms Arcuri pictured with Mr Johnson. Ms Arcuri spoke about her 'very special' relationship with Mr Johnson in an astonishing series of TV appearances last year

Ms Arcuri pictured with Mr Johnson. Ms Arcuri spoke about her 'very special' relationship with Mr Johnson in an astonishing series of TV appearances last year

Ms Arcuri pictured with Mr Johnson. Ms Arcuri spoke about her ‘very special’ relationship with Mr Johnson in an astonishing series of TV appearances last year

Two weddings, three affairs, at least six kids, and a pole-dancing tech guru: The very busy love life of Boris Johnson

The news that Boris Johnson’s girlfriend Carrie Symonds is pregnant, and that the pair are engaged, marks the latest chapter in the PM’s turbulent love life.

His first marriage at the age of 23 to Allegra Mostyn-Owen in 1987 collapsed six years later after it emerged he was having an affair with childhood friend Marina Wheeler.

Boris’s subsequent marriage to Marina lasted 25 years – during which he had affairs with three women. 

Here, we outline the Prime Minister’s colourful past relationships. 

1987: The first wife, Allegra Mostyn-Owen, whom he met at Oxford 

Boris married his Oxford University sweetheart Allegra Mostyn-Owen in 1987 when they were both aged 23.

They divorced in 1993 after his affair with the woman who would become his second wife, Marina Wheeler.

Boris Johnson married Oxford University sweetheart Allegra Mostyn-Owen (pictured together) in 1987 when they were both aged 23

Boris Johnson married Oxford University sweetheart Allegra Mostyn-Owen (pictured together) in 1987 when they were both aged 23

Boris Johnson married Oxford University sweetheart Allegra Mostyn-Owen (pictured together) in 1987 when they were both aged 23

The couple (above) divorced in 1993 after his affair with the woman who would become his second wife, Marina Wheeler

The couple (above) divorced in 1993 after his affair with the woman who would become his second wife, Marina Wheeler

The couple (above) divorced in 1993 after his affair with the woman who would become his second wife, Marina Wheeler

The daughter of renowned art historian William Mostyn-Owen and flamboyant Italian writer Gaia Servadio, Allegra was a socialite and former Tatler cover girl whose beauty had besotted young men falling at her feet at Oxford University.

 ‘When we got married, that was actually the end of the relationship instead of the beginning,’ Allegra would later say.  

Their relationship ended after six years following revelations of his affair with Marina Wheeler QC, who was a childhood friend of Boris.

Marina became pregnant with the first of their four children before his divorce from Allegra was finalised.

Johnson later reconciled with Mostyn-Owen before they separated in February 1990 and divorced in 1993 – just 12 days before he married Marina Wheeler, whom he had a child with five weeks later. 

The daughter of renowned art historian William Mostyn-Owen and flamboyant Italian writer Gaia Servadio, Allegra was a socialite and former Tatler cover girl whose beauty had besotted young men falling at her feet at Oxford University.

 ‘When we got married, that was actually the end of the relationship instead of the beginning,’ Allegra would later say.  

Their relationship ended after six years following revelations of his affair with Marina Wheeler QC, who was a childhood friend of Boris.

Marina became pregnant with the first of their four children before his divorce from Allegra was finalised.

Johnson later reconciled with Mostyn-Owen before they separated in February 1990 and divorced in 1993 – just 12 days before he married Marina Wheeler, whom he had a child with five weeks later.

1993: Boris marries Marina Wheeler – the woman who stood by him for years… but left her just as he was on the brink of becoming PM 

Marina Wheeler married Boris on May 8, 1993 – just 12 days after his divorce from Allegra was finalised on April 26.

Together, Boris and Marina have four children: Lara Lettice, Milo Arthur, Cassia Peaches and Theodore Apollo.

After first meeting Boris at the European School of Brussels, they also attended private boarding school Bedales in Hampshire together before she went to Cambridge. 

Marina Wheeler married Boris married on May 8, 1993 - just 12 days after his divorce from Allegra was finalised on April 26. (The pair are pictured in 2015)

Marina Wheeler married Boris married on May 8, 1993 - just 12 days after his divorce from Allegra was finalised on April 26. (The pair are pictured in 2015)

Marina Wheeler married Boris married on May 8, 1993 – just 12 days after his divorce from Allegra was finalised on April 26. (The pair are pictured in 2015)

Together, Boris and Marina (above, in 2008) have four children: Lara Lettice, Milo Arthur, Cassia Peaches and Theodore Apollo

Together, Boris and Marina (above, in 2008) have four children: Lara Lettice, Milo Arthur, Cassia Peaches and Theodore Apollo

Together, Boris and Marina (above, in 2008) have four children: Lara Lettice, Milo Arthur, Cassia Peaches and Theodore Apollo

Marina Wheeler married Boris on May 8, 1993 – just 12 days after his divorce from Allegra was finalised on April 26.

Together, Boris and Marina have four children: Lara Lettice, Milo Arthur, Cassia Peaches and Theodore Apollo.

After first meeting Boris at the European School of Brussels, they also attended private boarding school Bedales in Hampshire together before she went to Cambridge. 

The affairs 

2004: Petronella Wyatt and the ‘inverted pyramid of piffle’ 

In 2004, Boris's four-year affair with journalist and society author Petronella Wyatt (pictured), the daughter of Labour grandee Lord Wyatt, became public

In 2004, Boris's four-year affair with journalist and society author Petronella Wyatt (pictured), the daughter of Labour grandee Lord Wyatt, became public

In 2004, Boris’s four-year affair with journalist and society author Petronella Wyatt (pictured), the daughter of Labour grandee Lord Wyatt, became public

Around seven years into his marriage to Marina, she became aware that Boris was having an affair with Petronella Wyatt, daughter of Margaret Thatcher’s favourite journalist Woodrow Wyatt.

In 2004, it was reported that ‘Petsy’ may have had an abortion, to which Boris declared to The Mail on Sunday: ‘I had not had an affair with Petronella. 

‘It is complete balderdash. It is an inverted pyramid of piffle.’ 

Boris was soon found to be lying and after days of publicity, Tory leader Michael Howard sacked Johnson from his position as Shadow Culture Minister. 

2006: Emergence of liaisons with Anna Fazackerley

In 2006, it emerged Boris had been having an affair with journalist Anna Fazackerley (above)

In 2006, it emerged Boris had been having an affair with journalist Anna Fazackerley (above)

In 2006, it emerged Boris had been having an affair with journalist Anna Fazackerley (above)

Alongside this, Marina was also alerted to another affair that Boris had been having with journalist Anna Fazackerley, which emerged in 2006.

When the affairs garnered publicity, it also became public knowledge that Marina had become pregnant at the time that Boris was still married to Allegra, who was quoted saying: ‘I divorced him forultery. It enabled him to marry Marina.’

The divorce had been finalised on April 26, 1993 and Boris married Marina on May 8 of the same year, with Lara Johnson being born on June 12. 

Marina threw her husband out of their home after his affair with Anna was publicised, but they soon worked things out.

2009: The love child with Helen Macintyre 

Mr Johnson is said to have fathered a child with art consultant Helen Macintyre (pictured) in 2009. It is understood Miss Wheeler again kicked him out of the family home

Mr Johnson is said to have fathered a child with art consultant Helen Macintyre (pictured) in 2009. It is understood Miss Wheeler again kicked him out of the family home

Mr Johnson is said to have fathered a child with art consultant Helen Macintyre (pictured) in 2009. It is understood Miss Wheeler again kicked him out of the family home

In 2009, Mr Johnson is said to have fathered a child with art consultant Helen Macintyre. 

It is understood Mrs Wheeler had, again, kicked him out of the family home at the time.

Mr Johnson’s fatherhood of Miss Macintyre’s daughter was first revealed by the Daily Mail in July 2010.

In 2013, a court ruled that it was in the public interest for the Press to report Mr Johnson was the father.

Boris Johnson’s divorce from Marina Wheeler 

Boris Johnson and his estranged wife Marina Wheeler agreed a divorce settlement on February 18 this year, following a legal dispute over money. 

Judge Sarah Gibbons oversaw a private hearing in the Central Family Court in London, which neither party attended.

During the short hearing, she gave Ms Wheeler permission to apply for a Decree Absolute, which would bring the marriage to an end.

A case number revealed Mr Johnson, who is now living with Carrie Symonds at Downing Street, and Ms Wheeler were involved in a dispute over money or assets.

Marina Claire Wheeler was named as the ‘petitioner’ and ‘applicant’ in the case, while Alexander Boris De Pfeffel Johnson was named as the ‘respondent’.

Mr Johnson was said to have had £6.5million in cash and assets as of September 2018, but will have likely seen his wealth rise since becoming Prime Minister last July.

It is therefore plausible that Ms Wheeler will be receiving around £4million if it is an equal split. However, the judge said no detail from the case relating to money can be revealed in reports, apart from what is already in the public domain.

Judge Gibbons gave Ms Wheeler permission to apply for the decree absolute ‘out of time’.

This suggests that she was granted a decree nisi by the courts more than a year ago.

Those who are successfully granted a decree nisi have up to a year to apply for the next stage of divorce, the decree absolute. 

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