'Boris Johnson told Jennifer Arcuri he was "No1 supporter" in text'

‘B******s, I’m your No1 supporter and have been for years’: What Boris Johnson ‘told mistress Jennifer Arcuri when she accused him of ‘blowing her off’ after he failed to attend her event’

  • Boris Johnson reportedly sent text from Jennifer Arcuri over London tech event
  • She rebuked then Mayor of London over failing to attend, reports Sunday Mirror
  • Mr Johnson replied saying he was ‘her No1 supporter’ and had been ‘for years’
  • It comes after 36-year-old admitted having a four year affair with Mr Johnson

Boris Johnson reportedly text mistress Jennifer Arcuri ‘B******s, I’m your No1 supporter’ after being accused of ‘blowing her off’.

The US entrepreneur is said to have rebuked the-then Mayor of London for failing to attend an event in the capital that she was involved in.

It comes after the 36-year-old admitted having a four year affair with Mr Johnson – beginning in 2012. 

According to the Sunday Mirror, Ms Arcuri was upset at having received support from then Prime Minister David Cameron and Chancellor George Osborne, but seemingly not from Mr Johnson.  

In a text from October 2015, seen by the paper, she told Mr Johnson: ‘Osborne gives me a building. PM confirms my event… And you?

‘And you? U ignore me… (again). And blow me off for the 8th.’

But Johnson replied: ‘Bollocks. I am your number one supporter and have been for years.’

MailOnline has contacted a No10 spokesperson for comment. 

The latest revelations come after extraordinary emails showed how Mr Johnson’s lover clashed with his officials over his appearances at her business events.

Boris Johnson reportedly text mistress Jennifer Arcuri ‘B******s, I’m your No1 supporter’ after being accused of ‘blowing her off’

The US entrepreneur (pictured) is said to have rebuked the-then Mayor of London for failing to attend an event in the capital that she was involved in

Official messages reveal how Jennifer Arcuri (right) signed up the then London mayor Boris Johnson (left) to speak at tech summits without his City Hall staff knowing. Pictured: Boris Johnson Mayor of London with Jennifer Arcuri of Innotech Live on October 30, 2013

Official messages reveal how Ms Arcuri signed up Mr Johnson to speak at tech summits without his City Hall staff knowing. 

Lover’s messages that annoyed officials 

February 26, 2013

Jennifer Arcuri to City Hall

Do need to get moving on promotion … we have all of Los Angeles and San Fran tuning in. Any question about the validity of this event please talk to Boris himself as he has been my point of contact.

March 26, 2013

City Hall to Jennifer Arcuri

I have got this now confirmed in his diary. The Mayor is incredibly busy and we would appreciate any requests for the Mayor to speak, coming through the Private Office. The Mayor does not have sight of his diary at times and I have had to rearrange the diary significantly to accommodate this event. Please can you refrain from going via the Mayor direct.

October 21, 2013

UK Trade & Investment to City Hall 

UKTI is supporting a web-enabled discussion on ‘Why London can help accelerate young companies from the Muslim world’. [Redacted] and Jennifer Arcuri have been circulating a concept note for this saying it will be hosted by Boris so slightly surprised if this is news to you. 

July 13, 2015 

Jennifer Arcuri to City Hall

Dearest [redacted], Can I apply to go on this mission trip in October? I really really need to go visit this Hacker house!!! Come with me when we go;-) ??!!!!! Xxx

The US entrepreneur had to be told by exasperated officials: ‘Please can you refrain from going via the Mayor direct?’

In one message Miss Arcuri appeared to address Mr Johnson as ‘dearest’ and asked: ‘Can I apply to go on this mission trip in October? Come with me when we go;-) ??!!!!’

The 240 pages of emails and documents are likely to be studied by the Greater London Assembly’s oversight committee when it investigates whether or not the then-mayor gave preferential treatment to Miss Arcuri and her firms InnoTech, Playbox and Hacker House.

It comes after the 36-year-old admitted she had a four-year affair with Mr Johnson, which included claims of sex on the sofa of his family home while his wife was at work.

The emails date back to early 2013, the year after she claims the couple began seeing each other, when Miss Arcuri wanted Mr Johnson to do his first ‘Google Hangout’ video meeting at her InnoTech Summit in Canary Wharf. She was already promoting him as the main attraction of the event before his staff were told.

In a message to an unnamed official she wrote: ‘I don’t want to do anything that put anyone off at the Mayor’s Office but do need to get moving on promotion. As you know we have all of Los Angeles and San Fran tuning in and for this event so must work logistics with them as well.

‘Any question about the validity of this event please talk to Boris himself as he has been my point of contact.’ 

A senior official replied: ‘As per our conversation, the Mayor is incredibly busy and we would appreciate any requests for the Mayor to speak, coming through the Private Office. The Mayor does not have sight of his diary at times and I have had to rearrange the diary significantly to accommodate this event. 

‘Please can you refrain from going via the Mayor direct. Also as discussed, please feel free to list the Mayor as a speaker on the website but please can you remove him as a partner or sponsor.’

Ms Arcuri later drafted a press release including a quote from the Mayor but it was amended by City Hall to make it ‘much less odd’.

In autumn that year, Ms Arcuri told people that Mr Johnson would take part in an event of hers at the World Islamic Economic Forum at the ExCel Centre in London.

She told one staffer that his appearance had been ‘confirmed’, but they replied: ‘Sadly the Mayor is unable to attend.’

Jennifer Arcuri has claimed that she and Boris Johnson (together in 2014) had four-year affair where she sent him ‘arty’ topless pictures – but insists they had an ‘intellectual attraction’ 

One intriguing email included in the freedom of information release, dated July 2015, was sent by Ms Arcuri to a person in City Hall whose name was removed, and appeared to refer to a trade mission to Israel that she and Mr Johnson both attended. 

What are the key issues officials are investigating? 

The Greater London Authority probe will examine whether Mr Johnson breached the Nolan Principles of Public Life over his affair with Miss Arcuri. These require officials to behave with ‘honesty and integrity’. 

The key lines of inquiry are:

  • If Mr Johnson breached the Nolan Principles by failing to report the relationship;
  • If the future PM gave Miss Arcuri ‘preferential treatment’ over £126,000 in taxpayer’ money she received in event sponsorship and grants. The majority £100,000, came in a government grant in 2019;
  • Mr Johnson’s decision to speak at her technology events; 
  • The privileged access she gained to three official overseas trade missions led by him.

It read: ‘Dearest [redacted], Can I apply to go on this mission trip in October? I really really need to go visit this Hacker house!!! Come with me when we go;-) ??!!!!! Xxx’

Downing Street declined to comment but on Monday, Mr Johnson’s Press Secretary Allegra Stratton insisted: ‘He does believe in the wider principles of integrity and honesty.’ 

She pointed out that he had been cleared of any impropriety last year by the Independent Office for Police Conduct.

The London Assembly’s oversight committee has already been investigating whether Mr Johnson breached the mayoral code of conduct by failing to declare the relationship, or abused his position to benefit his mistress.

In 2019, it emerged that Ms Arcuri had been given £126,000 of public money and privileged access to three official overseas trade missions led by him, leading to claims he had abused his position to benefit her.

Last month a City Hall source said the committee would now investigate the new evidence presented by Miss Arcuri.

The source told MailOnline that the new revelations in Ms Arcuri’s interview with the Mirror were significant because it suggested there had been a ‘substantial relationship’ over a long period of time.

The source also noted that Miss Arcuri had said she believed Mr Johnson should have declared their relationship and said officials would be interested in this.

Last year the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) decided not to open a criminal investigation into the allegations, although officials said he should have reported the relationship.

The committee probe will take place after the May 6 elections.

A spokesman for No 10 previously told MailOnline it had ‘nothing to add’ to the claims.

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