May 21, 2020 / 11:38 AM / 14 days ago

PM Johnson welcomes dismissal of untrue claims of impropriety

FILE PHOTO: Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks at the House of Commons during question period, amid the coronavirus disease outbreak, in London, Britain May 20, 2020. UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor/Handout via REUTERS

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s spokesman on Thursday welcomed the dismissal of what he said were vexatious and untrue claims of impropriety over his relationship with U.S tech entrepreneur Jennifer Arcuri.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will not face criminal action, the police watchdog said on Thursday.

“We welcome the fact that this politically motivated complaint has been thrown out,” his spokesman said. “Such vexatious claims of impropriety in office were untrue and unfounded.”

“An independent review by the Government Internal Audit Agency similarly showed the claims made by the Labour Party were false,” the spokesman said. “This was not a policing matter, and we consider this was a waste of police time.”

Reporting by Kylie MacLellan, writing by Guy Faulconbridge; editing by Kate Holton

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