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Boris Johnson says he acted with ‘full propriety’ as he is grilled about Jennifer Arcuri row

Boris Johnson dismissed allegations of an alleged affair with American ex-model Jennifer Arcuri today, insisting he behaved with ‘full propriety’.

The Prime Minister insisted ‘there was no interest to declare’ over his business dealings with the entrepreneur while he was mayor of London.

It came after it was claimed Ms Arcuri told friends she was having a sexual relationship with the politician during his time in charge of the capital.

Appearing on the BBC’s Marr Show Mr Johnson said: ‘Everything was done in accordance with the code (of conduct) … everything was done with full propriety.’

He added: ‘There was no interest to declare. I’m very very proud of everything that we did and certainly everything I did as mayor of London.’  

Appearing on the BBC’s Marr Show Mr Johnson said: ‘Everything was done in accordance with the code (of conduct) … everything was done with full propriety’

American businesswoman and ex-model Jennifer Arcuri (right) told friends she was having a sexual affair with Boris Johnson, it has been claimed

American businesswoman and ex-model Jennifer Arcuri (right) told friends she was having a sexual affair with Boris Johnson, it has been claimed

Among those who Ms Arcuri confided in were university classmates and a Conservative Party activist who said: ‘She told me they were sleeping together,’ according to the Sunday Times. 

The paper claimed she told four friends that the pair had been engaged in an affair during his time in City Hall.

Mr Johnson put on a show of unity with partner Carrie Symonds last night as he arrived at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester. 

The Prime Minister has been hit by allegations he improperly provided benefits to the entrepreneur’s company during his period as London Mayor. On Friday, he was referred to the police complaints body to assess whether he should face a criminal investigation over his links with Ms Arcuri.

But as he continues to evade questions surrounding his friendship with Ms Arcuri, a US reporter who interviewed the entrepreneur has given a bombshell interview detailing her close friendship with Mr Johnson.

MR Jhnson arriving to film the Marr Show this morning. He said: 'I'm very very proud of everything that we did and certainly everything I did as mayor of London'

MR Jhnson arriving to film the Marr Show this morning. He said: ‘I’m very very proud of everything that we did and certainly everything I did as mayor of London’

The Prime Minister arrived in in Manchester with girlfriend Carrie Symonds on Saturday evening, exuding an air or calm as the couple linked arms

The Prime Minister arrived in in Manchester with girlfriend Carrie Symonds on Saturday evening, exuding an air or calm as the couple linked arms

David Enrich, the financial editor of the New York Times, said that Ms Arcuri had confided to close university peers she was sleeping with Mr Johnson.

He said: ‘Two friends from her business class said they had been told by Arcuri that she was sleeping with Boris. 

In 2013, Mr Enrich spoke to the businesswoman and several of her tight-knit friendship group for an article he was writing. 

Referring to notes which he has kept from those conversations, he alleges that Ms Arcuri said that Mr Johnson warned her to steer clear of speaking to the press.

And Mr Enrich said that her classmates at London’s Hult International Business School repeatedly stated that the entrepreneur had confided to them of her affair with Mr Johnson.

His account was said by the Sunday Times to corroborate that of other sources who had spoken to Ms Arcuri. 

His reports are backed up by the account of a Conservative Party activist who alleges that Ms Arcuri told him during the 2015 general election campaign of her sexual relationship with the now Premier. 

Mr Johnson's relationship with Ms Arcuri (pictured) has caused him to become the subject of a police investigation

Mr Johnson’s relationship with Ms Arcuri (pictured) has caused him to become the subject of a police investigation

‘She told me they were sleeping together,’ said this grassroots campaigner, who also claimed that the ex-model would not deny the affair when pressed. 

These fresh revelations of the prime minister’s links to Ms Arcuri came on the eve of his party conference where he will hope to shake off a tough week in Westminster.

He arrived in Manchester with girlfriend Carrie Symonds on Saturday evening, exuding an air or calm as the couple linked arms.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock dismissed the claims as a ‘squall’ this morning.

Asked on Sky News’s Sophy Ridge on Sunday programme if the Prime Minister had questions to answer, Mr Hancock replied: ‘No.’

He went on: ‘My understanding is that there is an investigation. Any monies involved went through proper due process. This was a long time ago.

‘Of course, in politics, there is always squalls and there are always debates about individuals.’

But these latest claims heap pressure on the embattled Tory leader who is staring down the barrel of four investigations into his links with Ms Arcuri.

The Greater London Authority (GLA) said its monitoring officer had recorded a ‘conduct matter’ against Mr Johnson over allegations Ms Arcuri received favourable treatment because of her friendship with him while he was Mayor of London.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) will now consider whether there are grounds to investigate the Prime Minister for the criminal offence of misconduct in public office.

Journalist accuses PM of squeezing her inner thigh in 1999

Boris Johnson and Charlotte Edwardes

Boris Johnson and Charlotte Edwardes

Boris Johnson squeezed a journalist’s thigh at a private lunch with such force it made her jerk bolt upright, it was claimed last night.

Charlotte Edwardes said that in 1999 the prime minister – then the editor of the Spectator magazine – grabbed a chunk of her flesh from her upper leg.

And the columnist said that she was not the only female guest to be touched inappropriately by Mr Johnson that night.

Describing the lunch in Style magazine, Edwardes wrote: ‘Under the table I feel Johnson’s hand on my thigh.

‘He gives it a squeeze. His hand is high up my leg and he has enough flesh beneath his fingers to make me sit suddenly upright.’

After the lunch thrown by the Spectator at their then London office, Edwardes said she confided about Mr Johnson’s wandering hands to another woman, who replied: ‘Oh God, he did exactly the same to me.’ 

Downing Street did not wish to comment. 

A Downing Street spokesperson refused MailOnline’s request for comment. 

The GLA statement, denounced by Downing Street as a ‘nakedly political put-up job’ on the eve of the Tory Party conference, came after details of Ms Arcuri’s links to Mr Johnson were first highlighted in the Sunday Times last week. 

The newspaper reported that Ms Arcuri was given £126,000 in public money and privileged access to three foreign trade missions led by Mr Johnson while he was mayor.

Mr Johnson has consistently denied any wrongdoing in relation to his links with Ms Arcuri.

The latest allegations of infidelity follow a string of well-publicised stories involving Mr Johnson’s private life, some of which plagued his 25-year marriage to second wife Marina Wheeler.

In 2004 he was sacked from the Tory frontbench over a reported affair with journalist and colleague at the Spectator Petronella Wyatt.

He described claims about the relationship as ‘an inverted pyramid of piffle’ at the time.

Affair claims reared their head again in 2006 when it was reported that the married father-of-four had been romancing Anna Fazackerley of the Times Higher Education Supplement.

The Appeal Court ruled in 2013 that the public had a right to know that he had fathered a daughter during another adulterous liaison with another woman, Helen Macintyre, while mayor of London in 2009.

Despite surviving years of turmoil, Mr Johnson and his lawyer wife separated and began divorce proceedings in 2018 and he is now living at Downing Street with former Tory Party worker Carrie Symonds, 31. 

Last night, journalist Charlotte Edwardes accused the Prime Minister of squeezing her thigh at a private lunch when in 1999 when he was editor of the Spectator.

She wrote: ‘Under the table I feel Johnson’s hand on my thigh.

‘He gives it a squeeze. His hand is high up my leg and he has enough flesh beneath his fingers to make me sit suddenly upright.’ 

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