Assembly frustrated by Boris secrecy

09 October 2019

The London Assembly finally received a response from the former Mayor of London and Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, in relation to the allegations about his relationship with Jennifer Arcuri.


Len Duvall AM, Chair of the London Assembly Oversight Committee said:

“The role of the London Assembly is to ensure that City Hall is above question and we must abide by the ethos of complete openness and transparency.

“We did finally receive a response from Boris Johnson, through his solicitors, which they have indicated may not be published.  At this stage we are respecting that, but we are seeking further clarification.

“Nothing in the response, in our opinion, reflects the need for confidentiality. In fact, the response is insufficient as far as our request for information is concerned.

“We are focussed on our investigation and considering next steps.  A number of options are open to us; they include speaking to various people and using our power of summons.

“There are other investigations underway and we will respect those investigations – in fact we are liaising with the IOPC.

“We’re now formulating our response to the statements made in the letter and may make further statements once that response is finalised in the coming days.”

Notes to editors

The Oversight Committee requested:

  • Details and a timeline of all contact with Jennifer Arcuri including social, personal and professional during his period of office as Mayor of London
  • An explanation of how that alleged personal relationship was disclosed and taken into account in any and all dealings with the GLA and other parts of the GLA family


  1. The Assembly requested clarification following claims in the Sunday Times newspaper. The Prime Minister was given 14 days to respond to the allegations; that deadline expired yesterday, and a response was received at 7.03 last night.
  2. Letter sent to the Prime Minister requesting information responding to allegations – read here
  3. The GLA Oversight Committee.
  4. As well as investigating issues that matter to Londoners, the London Assembly acts as a check and a balance on the Mayor.

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