Resigning Deputy PM and Justice Secretary receives support from allies, defending his commitment to better Britain
Introduction: Dominic Raab has resigned from his roles as Deputy Prime Minister and Justice Secretary after an independent inquiry found that he acted in an “intimidating” and “aggressive” manner towards officials. Raab dismissed the probe as “Kafkaesque” and warned the nation will “pay the price” if the threshold for bullying in government has been lowered. Allies have defended Raab, arguing the claims were “drummed up by snowflakes” in the Civil Service.
A senior Foreign Office source and several Tory MPs have spoken out against the bullying claims, branding them a “load of rubbish” and asserting that Raab was forced out due to his unwavering determination to make Britain better. The inquiry upheld only two of eight complaints against Raab, while clearing him of shouting, swearing, or raising his arms in a threatening manner. Raab alleged that the inquiry has set a “dangerous precedent” by establishing a low threshold for bullying, which could encourage spurious complaints against ministers.
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In response to Raab’s resignation, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak promoted two of his closest allies: Oliver Dowden became Deputy Prime Minister, while Alex Chalk assumed the role of Justice Secretary. The FDA, a union representing civil servants, has called for an independent inquiry into ministerial bullying.
Dominic Raab’s resignation has led to a cabinet reshuffle, with Sunak promoting Dowden and Chalk. The controversial departure of Raab has sparked debate over the threshold for bullying in government and has drawn support for the committed politician. As discussions continue, calls for an independent inquiry into ministerial bullying are growing louder.
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