Boris Johnson is under pressure to explain why he allocated public money to a close friend while he was mayor of London.
During his tenure as Mayor, Johnson gave tens of thousands of pounds in public funds to a a company run by Jennifer Arcuri, an American technology entrepreneur and friend of the Prime Minister.
Johnson’s lawyers have denied these allegations, stating the funds given were without nepotism as Boris Johnson ‘has no friends’.
Labour is demanding that No 10 provide a full explanation for how the funds were granted to Arcuri.
Johnson’s lawyers have responded by releasing a series of Text messages between Johnson and Arcuri; an excerpt from a week in 2013 is shown below:
Boris Hey it’s Bors.
Boris: How are you? Want to hang out? Can’t be bothered with doing mayor stuff lol.
Boris: Hey. Me again!
Boris: If I donate £10,000 to your company will you come see 12 Years a Stove with me? Looks a hoot!
Boris: I donated the money anyway.
Arcuri: Delete my number please.
Boris: Saw 12 years a slave. Hilarious!
Johnson’s lawyers believe the excruciating one sided conversation will refute the claims that Arcuri was a ‘friend’ of his.
They also provided numerous other similar text message exchanges between Johnson and his colleagues, to firmly re-iterate he was a ‘larry loner’.
Arcuri, 34, was quoted by the Sunday Times as saying: “Any grants received by my companies and any trade mission I joined were purely in respect of my role as a legitimate businesswoman.”
Arcuri then showed authorities her facebook page, where an unanswered friend request from Boris Johnson had been sitting in her inbox since 2013.