‘In hindsight, the stripper pole in the living room should probably have raised more red flags.’
That’s a provocative way to open a column about Jennifer Arcuri, the American to whom Boris Johnson has been accused of funneling grant money while mayor of London.
Johnson has said all financial dealings occurred “entirely in the proper way,” and Arcuri has said the payments she’s received were in her role as a legitimate businesswoman. London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who succeeded Johnson in that role, has ordered an investigation.
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Bradshaw, in his Financial Times column, explains that he stayed in Arcuri’s East London flat, offered on Airbnb, covering the city’s nascent startup scene in 2014. While many of those companies failed, London now has a thriving startup sector with its share of unicorns, particularly in the financial sector.