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Boris Johnson's ex-lover warned her of 'totally insane' man she'd meet in market


Jennifer Arcuri has described the meeting on a campaign battle bus which saw her swap numbers with Boris Johnson – and said the Tory warned her about a “totally insane man” she would meet.

Arcuri, 35, joined the future PM at a campaign event for Johnson’s Mayor of London reelection bid in 2012. It was the second time that the pair had met.

While aboard the bus, she says they recited Shakespeare Sonnet’s 29 together, before swapping numbers.

Johnson, 56, is said to have sent her a text message before they’d even left the event.

Jennifer asked Johnson: “What’s the most exciting part about today?”

In response he joked: “We’re going to meet some veterans in Romford Market. If you’re lucky you’ll meet a totally insane man.



Boris Johnson with Jennifer Arcuri on the campaign trail
Boris Johnson with Jennifer Arcuri on the campaign trail

He added: “We’ll get quite a good reception in Romford Market, I hope.”

Jennifer had volunteered to join his election campaign after being captivated by a speech he gave to students from her business school the previous year.

She said: “When he spoke, he basically turned the energy of the room. The reaction he inspired was compelling.”

She claims they slept together for the first time later that year – hours before Johnson attended the Paralympic opening ceremony – and continued the affair until early 2016.

Speaking to the camera on the clip, filmed on a mobile phone, she says: “Here we are, on the bus with Boris. It’s very exciting.



Boris Johnson faces an inquiry by the Greater London Authority – responsible for the mayor’s office – over claims his failure to declare his relationship with Arcuri may have been a breach of the Nolan Principles of Public Life, which are contained in the Mayor of London’s code of conduct.

Arcuri was granted access to events at three top level trade missions, despite her businesses not meeting the criteria for the trips.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct said there was no evidence he’d committed the criminal offence of misconduct in public office but he may have breached the Nolan Principles.

Len Duvall, the chair of the GLA oversight committee which is conducting the investigation said: “Our investigation will consider whether Boris Johnson conducted himself in a way that’s expected from anyone in that position.

“It’s important we get those answers, because Londoners deserve to have their politicians held accountable.”



The Prime Minister faces questions over his relationship with Jennifer Arcuri
The Prime Minister faces questions over his relationship with Jennifer Arcuri

“We’re going to give out leaflets. Yay Boris! You Tube baby, here we are, just promoting Boris.”

Johnson also launched into a bizarre rant about hostile voters, saying: “You march up to them, with your smile. Sometimes, they can just refuse to shake your hand.

“I sometimes worry it’s a bit intimidating to have the mayor coming up to people and asking them to vote.

“You’ve got to learn to cut your losses with the unfriendly ones. They’re hostile to you, not because of you, but because of deep things in their childhood, or their relationship with their father, the whole concept of the universe, patriarchy, their mother.

“Big, big things happen to make people basically either basically conservative or basically socialist.

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Boris Johnson and Jennifer Arcuri at the Innotech Summit in 2013
Boris Johnson and Jennifer Arcuri at the Innotech Summit in 2013

“There are a lot of people in the middle ground but sometimes it’s hard to change them in one, snap conversation in Romford Market.”

Johnson – who won the Tory leadership and became Prime Minister in July 2019 – faces a probe over his relationship with Jennifer during his second mayoral term. He spoke at four events she organised during this time.

The Greater London Authority – responsible for the mayor’s office – is investigating claims that his failure to declare his relationship with Arcuri may have been a breach of the Nolan Principles of Public Life, which are contained in the Mayor of London’s code of conduct.

Jennifer Arcuri speaks to Sunday Mirror

Arcuri was granted access to events at three top level trade missions, despite her businesses not meeting the criteria for the trips.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct said there was no evidence he’d committed the criminal offence of misconduct in public office but he may have breached the Nolan Principles.

Len Duvall, the chair of the GLA oversight committee which is conducting the investigation said: “Our investigation will consider whether Boris Johnson conducted himself in a way that’s expected from anyone in that position.

“It’s important we get those answers, because Londoners deserve to have their politicians held accountable.”

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