A decision on whether Boris Johnson should face a criminal probe over his relationship with Jennifer Arcuri has reportedly been postponed until after the General Election.
Labour and the Lib Dems have hit out at reports the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) will not consider investigating the allegations before the election on December 12.
The Tory PM has been accused of showing favouritisim to the US tech entrepreneur while he was Mayor of London between 2008 and 2016.
Ms Arcuri, 34, a former model, was awarded £126,000 in public funding for her tech company and allegedly gained privileged access to three foreign trade missions.
The Sunday Times reported that Ms Arcuri, 34, told friends she had an intimate relationship with Mr Johnson.
The Greater London Authority has asked the IOPC to look at whether Mr Johnson should face a criminal misconduct probe because he oversaw London policing as mayor.
The Observer reports the IOPC has agreed not to comment on any ‘possible criminality’ until after the election – but the IOPC has dismissed this claim.
Labour’s Cabinet Office minister Jon Trickett said: ‘This is incredible.
‘It’s a suppression of information which the public is entitled to have.
‘Given the fact we’re in a general election there should be maximum transparency.’
Caroline Pidgeon, a Lib Dem member of the London assembly’s oversight committee, claimed that the PM’s lawyers have been ‘exerting undue pressure’ on the police watchdog.
Mr Johnson has refused to comment on allegations he had a relationship with Ms Arcuri, but when asked if he had misused public money replied ‘no’.
The IOPC said that it is ‘entirely independent of the government’.
An IOPC spokesperson told the Observer: ‘This matter has not been finalised.
‘We have not delayed any announcements on the status of this referral.
‘Our assessment of this matter is ongoing as we continue to collect information and seek legal advice.’