Dominic Raab could be seen sitting behind Rishi Sunak as he hosted Prime Minister’s Questions the day after Sir Gavin Williamson was forced to resign after allegations of bullying.
Dominic Raab has been spotted calling Sir Keir Starmer a “w***er” under his breath while the Labour leader delivered a speech during Prime Minister’s Questions.
Britons flooded Twitter after the camera cut to the justice minister sitting next to Rishi Sunak appearing to mouth the insult with a broad smile across his face.
His apparent insult came as Sir Keir claimed the Conservative Party was “too weak to stand up for working people”.
Exchanges at Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday were particularly heated following the resignation of controversial minister Sir Gavin Williamson on Tuesday night.
The cabinet minister was accused of bullying fellow colleagues, including former party chief whip Wendy Morton, and telling a senior civil servant to “slit their throat”.
Mr Sunak, pressed by the leader of the Opposition on the appointment of Sir Gavin, admitted that he “absolutely regretted” electing him to a Cabinet role.
Addressing reports that former Tory Party chairman Jake Berry had made Mr Sunak aware of allegations against Sir Gavin the day before the new Prime Minister promoted him, he said he was never aware of the full extent and details of the bullying.
Mr Sunak was aware of a complaint by former chief whip Wendy Morton but said he did not know about the “slit your throat” complaint by a civil servant while Sir Gavin led the Ministry of Defence or his behaviour while chief whip.
Sir Gavin resigned as minister without portfolio just a fortnight after the Prime Minister appointed him, despite concerns about the MP who was twice sacked from the Cabinet in disgrace.
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer used Prime Minister’s Questions to pressure Mr Sunak over how the allegedly bullied official felt at hearing him welcome the resignation “with great sadness”.
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