Boris Johnson has finally broken his silence on 'tech friend' Jennifer Arcuri to the London Assembly's probe into their relationship - only to insist his written evidence remain confidential.
He handed over a document to the Greater London Authority (GLA) on Tuesday but marked it ‘private and confidential’ to keep it from being made public.
The Prime Minister had been given two weeks to fully detail his relationship with the pole-dancing US entrepreneur, who was awarded £126,000 of taxpayer grants, amid allegations of a conflict of interest.
Mr Johnson gave his two-page explanation to the GLA, which is investigating whether the former London mayor abused public funds. It was his first response in a fortnight of stonewalling questions about the ex-model.
Boris Johnson (pictured with Jennifer Arcuri) could be summoned to give evidence to the London Assembly in person
Yesterday sources from GLA based in City Hall rubbished his document as ‘paltry’, with one saying: ‘It does not answer any questions.’
The London Assembly could summon Johnson to give evidence in person about his relationship with Arcuri after his 'insufficient' response in writing.
The body says it cannot see the need for secrecy in Boris Johnson's response regarding his relationship with the businesswoman.
Len Duvall AM, chair of the oversight committee, said the papers contained 'insufficient' details.
'We did finally receive a response from Boris Johnson, through his solicitors, which they have indicated may not be published. At this stage we are respecting that, but we are seeking further clarification,' he said.
'Nothing in the response, in our opinion, reflects the need for confidentiality. In fact, the response is insufficient as far as our request for information is concerned.
'We are focused on our investigation and considering next steps. A number of options are open to us; they include speaking to various people and using our power of summons.
'There are other investigations under way and we will respect those investigations - in fact we are liaising with the Independent Office for