The US businesswoman at the centre of a misconduct controversy involving Boris Johnson has said he had “cast me aside like I am some gremlin”.

It is alleged that Jennifer Arcuri received favourable treatment during Mr Johnson’s time as mayor of London due to their friendship, claims he denies.

Ms Arcuri told ITV she had kept his “secrets” but that her requests to him for media advice had been “blocked”.

The Conservatives say any claims of impropriety are “unfounded”.

During the interview to be aired later, Ms Arcuri addressed the now prime minister directly, saying: “I’ve been nothing but loyal, faithful, supportive, and a true confidante of yours.

“I’ve kept your secrets, and I’ve been your friend.

“And I don’t understand why you’ve blocked me and ignored me as if I

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