Jennifer Arcuri: I never, ever received favouritism from Boris Johnson

It is claimed Boris Johnson wrote a job reference for Ms Arcuri

It is claimed Boris Johnson wrote a job reference for Ms Arcuri

Arcuri is at the center of a storm with Johnson - whom she describes as "a really good friend" - over allegations of impropriety.

She also revealed that the name she had Johnson's number saved under on her phone was "Alex the Great", referring to the Macedonian conqueror, Alexander the Great.

The technology entrepreneur told ITV's Good Morning Britain on Monday that she did not have time for the media attention surrounding Mr Johnson when they met in public.

Explaining that the pair stopped speaking regularly when she fell pregnant in late 2016, the businesswoman said: "I think Boris has enough on his plate right now".

But it was her founding of The Innotech Network in London that saw her path cross with Boris Johnson.

Jennifer Arcuri, an American businesswoman and former model who is at the center of inquiries dogging the new British prime minister, declined to answer - nine times - whether she had an affair with Boris Johnson while he served as mayor of London. "Categorically, Boris has nothing to do with all of my other achievements".

"I really am not going to answer that question", Arcuri told ITV.

She refused to admit whether she had an affair with Mr Johnson, telling the presenters it was "no one's business what private life we had, or didn't have". "Can you imagine Boris Johnson on a pole?"

But asked on Monday if he would agree to appear before the London Assembly's elected members, Mr Johnson replied: "I've said everything I'm going to say on that particular subject".

Arcuri did describe her relationship with Johnson as very close.

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"I want him to stay focused on the job".

The flat and office of Ms Arcuri's company at 134 Shoreditch High Street which Mr Johnson reportedly visited several times.

Despite the mayor's backing, Ms Arcuri is not believed to have been shortlisted for the role.

Jennifer Arcuri said it was "really not anyone's business" what sort of relationship she had with Mr Johnson, and claimed any answer would be "weaponised".

The Arcuri story is clearly a distraction for the new prime minister, who has vowed to "get Brexit done" by October 31, "do or die".

It concerns the 34-year-old reportedly receiving £126,000 ($155,255) in public funds, as well as access to three foreign trade missions in 2014 and 2015, during the United Kingdom prime minister's time as London mayor (2008-2016).

The Sunday Times newspaper reported last month that he had overruled officials to get the tech entrepreneur onto trade missions, and that her company received government sponsorship grants.

But Mr Johnson insisted last week that everything he did when promoting London overseas as mayor was done in "complete conformity with the code and the rules".

She added: "Boris never ever gave me favouritism, never once did I ask him for a favour, never once did he write a letter of recommendation for me". The network hosts events to discuss technology policy and Mr Johnson was the keynote speaker at the first of those, in 2012. I want him to be happy.

The GLA's Code of Conduct says public-office holders, including the mayor, should not act in any way to gain benefits for families or friends, and should declare private interests to resolve any conflicts.

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