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Did these omissions and vaguenesses influence the Johnson-Arcuri investigation whitewash the prime minister?

Johnson and Arcuri: the IOPC report suggests information was deleted or delayed to clear the prime minister of any wrong-doing.

Records were deleted or never existed, information was delayed and officers revealed they were influenced to act a particular way in the matter of Boris Johnson’s relationship with Jennifer Arcuri, a police report has revealed.

Is this how the investigation into that relationship has been made to say there was no impropriety?

Why were records relating to this case deleted – what did they cover and when were the deletions made? We may never know, but the questions should be enough to raise suspicion.

Why were some records never made? The report by the Independent Office for Police Conduct remarks on them so it is reasonable to believe that they were necessary. Who was responsible for making these records? What information would they have provided?

Why did the third parties mentioned in the report delay providing their information? What influenced them to inconvenience the investigation and would their information have been different, had they not done so? What was the subject of the information they had been asked to provide?

Possibly most damning is the statement that officers working for Johnson and 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”.

Why would they have thought that? Did Johnson, or one of his aides, tell them this was the case and/or that they should give her the money/include her in the junkets?

Because that is how this looks!

The IOPC review took longer than expected due to the poor quality of information provided in the initial referral, a lack of records and delays in third parties providing information. Some of the records which would have assisted the review either never existed or have been deleted.

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. “

Our review established there was a close association between Mr Johnson and Ms Arcuri and there may have been an intimate relationship.

The GLA code of conduct which applied at the time meant that, even if the relationship was intimate, Mr Johnson had no obligation to include Ms Arcuri’s business interests in his own register of interests.

However, under the broader Nolan Principles of Public Life, our review suggests it would have been wise for Mr Johnson to have declared this as a conflict of interest, and a failure to do so could have constituted a breach of these broader principles contained within the GLA 2012 Code of Conduct.  As this does not amount to a potential criminal offence, this is now a matter for the GLA to consider.

You see, the report states that

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.

That may be so – but if this is because evidence was destroyed and witnesses were vague, that is not enough to prove any kind of innocence.

The report ends with a list of recommendations for the Greater London Authority and London & Partners to improve their policies, procedures and record-keeping.

This would not have been necessary, had these organisations been able to provide full and frank answers to the inquiry’s questions.

It seems clear that – as This Writer stated in a previous article – the investigation has been an undeserved whitewash.

Source: No criminal investigation of Boris Johnson for misconduct in public office while Mayor of London | Independent Office for Police Conduct

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London Mayor election postponement should hasten Johnson/Arcuri report

Johnson and Arcuri: now there’s no reason for the IOPC to delay its report on their relationship.

The government has postponed a string of local elections – including the London Mayoral poll, removing a barrier to publication of the report on Boris Johnson’s relationship with Jennifer Arcuri.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct is investigating a £10,000 grant given to Arcuri, who was friends with Johnson, by mayoral organisation London & Partners in 2013, and examining whether Arcuri’s admission to City Hall trade missions was reasonable.

It had announced that it would be unable to publish its report until after the purdah period for the London Mayoral elections begins on March 23, in which case it would not be able to release them until after the election on May 7.

But with the announcement that there will not be an election this year, there is now no barrier to the IOPC publishing its report as soon as it is ready.

Not only that, but the postponement of the elections for a year makes it more likely that investigations by the London Assembly and the London Mayor will also take place and be published later this year; if the elections had taken place resulting in a change of Mayor and a change of the political majority in the Assembly, then they could have been cancelled.

And the fact that the elections are being delayed for a year, rather than the six months suggested by the Electoral Commission, means these investigations may be concluded – and reports published – soon.

The result could be extremely embarrassing for Boris Johnson – and gives us all something to look forward to. Or will the IOPC find another excuse for a delay?

Source: Coronavirus: English local elections postponed for a year – BBC News

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Why is police watchdog dragging its heels over Johnson-Arcuri investigation?

Boris Johnson and Jennifer Arcuri: What have they been up to? And why is the IOPC holding back from telling us?

The Independent Office for Police Conduct is saying it is unlikely to release the result of its investigation into the propriety of a relationship between Boris Johnson and Jennifer Arcuri until May.

The delay is holding up other investigations, by the London Assembly and current London Mayor Sadiq Khan, as the IOPC asked for them to be put on hold until it released its findings.

An investigation by the Tory-run Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport found no wrong-doing, as one would expect from an organisation run by Conservative MPs.

The IOPC is investigating a £10,000 grant given to Arcuri, who was friends with Johnson, by mayoral organisation London & Partners in 2013, and examining whether Arcuri’s admission to City Hall trade missions was reasonable.

It has said it is unlikely to have its results until after the purdah period for the London Mayoral elections begins on March 23, in which case it would not be able to release them until after the election on May 7.

One is led to question whether a change to a Tory mayor may put a stop to the London Assembly and London Mayor investigations. If so, is the IOPC covering up for Boris Johnson – even if inadvertently?

Source: Police watchdog probe into Johnson and Arcuri not expected before May : CityAM

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