Johnson could snub request to explain Arcuri case, says Tory party chairman

Cleverly says PM free to refuse to appear if London assembly seeks answers in row over public funds

Boris Johnson could refuse to appear before the London assembly to explain his links to a US businesswoman who was given sponsorship and favours during his time as London mayor, the Tory party chairman has suggested.

The assembly’s oversight committee has given Johnson 14 days to explain how grants and privileged access were awarded to Jennifer Arcuri after his close links to her reported by the Sunday Times. If he refuses to comply, or the committee is not satisfied by his answers, it could summon the prime minister to appear as it did over his failed garden bridge project.

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