Assembly wants reasons for confidentiality

10 October 2019

The London Assembly has responded [1] to the confidential letter from former Mayor of London and Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, in relation to the allegations about his relationship with Jennifer Arcuri.


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

“Transparency and accountability are at the heart of the London Assembly’s operations and I was disappointed to see that your response is marked ‘Private and Confidential’ and ‘Not for Publication’.

“The reason for confidentiality is not given and, on the face of it, is unclear to me.

“I would request that you provide reasons for that confidentiality by 5pm on Monday 14 October 2019, so that the GLA Oversight Committee can consider appropriate handling of the letter.”

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 full letter is attached.
  2. The Assembly requested clarification following claims in the Sunday Times newspaper. The Prime Minister was given 14 days to respond to the allegations.
  3. Letter sent to the Prime Minister requesting information responding to allegations – read here
  4. The GLA Oversight Committee.
  5. 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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