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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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Bettison’s resignation shows yet again the double standards of our justice system

Why is it permissible to investigate possible misconduct by Sir Norman Bettison after he has retired, but not permissible to investigate misconduct by other retired police officers? Is it because the allegations against him are related to the high-profile Hillsborough tragedy, and nobody will care about YOUR case?

Sir Norman Bettison’s resignation as chief constable of West Yorkshire Police has infuriated me.

You might be surprised at this. You probably think it’s exactly what he should have done after he was accused, in Parliament, of boasting about fabricating stories to blame Liverpool supporters for the Hillsborough disaster, while he was serving with South Yorkshire Police in 1989.

I’m not angry about that. I’m angry because the Independent Police Complaints Commission released a statement after Bettison’s announcement, saying that it will continue to investigate his alleged part in the Hillsborough cover-up. The statement said: “We can, and in this case will, investigate criminal offences and misconduct matters after an officer has retired or resigned.”

This is not what you would get, if you tried to allege misconduct against a retired police officer. Believe me – I know!

That’s why I say this story demonstrates the difference between what happens in a high-publicity case, when a large number of people create a fuss, supported by people who are in the public eye, and what happens when an ordinary person goes to the police with an allegation of misconduct against a retired officer.

If you have read this column before, you will be aware that I have had dealings with the police over allegations by my disabled girlfriend (and her disabled mother) against a man who abused them mentally, physically and sexually. Their complaints to the police, made separately, went uninvestigated and the mother was actually sent back into an abusive environment by officers at her local police station.

When they made a joint complaint a couple of years ago, they wanted misconduct investigations launched into the behaviour of the police officers who had been involved in these incidents (which took place over a 28-year period, starting in the 1970s).

The response was that these investigations could not possibly take place – because many of the officers involved had since retired. In a face-to-face interview with an investigating officer on May 12, 2010, he told us: “Those who have retired don’t come under police conduct rules.”

In other words, any police officer – who may have committed crimes or acts of misconduct, but has since retired – will always get away scot free.

That’s the justice we got.

That’s why the IPCC’s unctuous and hypocritical attempt to ingratiate itself with the public by leaping to the attack on this high-publicity issue fills me with fury. Faced with such flagrant double-standards, the only rational response is disgust.