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Boris Johnson Breaks Silence Over Controversial Conflict Of Interest Claims

Boris Johnson has broken his silence to insist “everything was done with complete propriety” as he faces allegations of potential conflicts of interest as London mayor. The Prime Minister was accused in a newspaper investigation over the allocation of public money to a model turned technology entrepreneur. He refused six times to comment directly on the allegations to journalists flying with him to the United Nations General Assembly in New York. But, as the claims threatened to overshadow his talks, the PM briefly expanded on his position. “Everything was done with complete propriety. Completely in the normal way,” he said in an interview on Tuesday. He said he was “very proud” of his time as mayor, citing his work “banging...

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Investigation Launched Into Awarding Of Grant To Boris Johnson’s 'Close Friend’

An investigation has been launched into the circumstances in which a “close friend” of Boris Johnson was awarded more than £100,000 in public money. Jennifer Arcuri, an American former model turned tech entrepreneur, was given privileged access to three foreign trade missions, led by the now-prime minister, after her company won a grant earlier this year intended for “English-based” businesses. A report in The Sunday Times said the address used to apply for the grant was a UK-based property no longer associated with her. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) said it was now investigating the circumstances surrounding the grant. A spokesperson said in a statement: “Funding for this scheme was awarded through open and fair competition. “We...

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