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Boris Johnson may have had ‘intimate relationship’ with American businesswoman

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The prime minister will not face a police investigation into his links with an American businesswoman, but a review has found he had a “close association” with Jennifer Arcuri and there may have been an “intimate relationship”.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) has announced the findings of its investigation into allegations surrounding Boris Johnson and his relationship with Ms Arcuri.

Mr Johnson has faced accusations that he used his position while mayor of London from 2008 to 2016 to benefit and reward Ms Arcuri.

Multiple inquiries were launched after it emerged she was given more than £125,000 in public money and privileged access to overseas trade missions led by Mr Johnson during his time as London mayor.

The PM has previously told Sky News that “everything was done with complete propriety” when asked about the allegations.

Downing Street welcomed the news, describing the complaint as “politically motivated”

“Such vexatious claims of impropriety in office were untrue and unfounded,” a spokesman for the PM said, adding: “This was not a policing matter, and we consider this was a waste of police time.”

In October, government auditors deemed that a £100,000 grant awarded to Ms Arcuri was “appropriate”.

Ms Arcuri has said any grants received by her companies and any trade missions she joined were “purely in respect of my role as a legitimate businesswoman”.

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