A claim leveled against him caused the close ally of British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak to resign. On Friday, April 21, one of Sunak’s closest allies, Dominic Raab, resigned amid allegations that he had bullied officials, causing a serious blow to his rule.
Dominic Raab stated in a letter of resignation posted on Twitter on Friday that he had made the decision to step down from his positions as deputy prime minister and justice secretary following the conclusion that some of the allegations leveled against him were legitimate. With “great sadness,” Sunak said he accepted Raab’s resignation.
Following eight formal complaints about his conduct while serving as foreign secretary, Brexit secretary, and justice secretary, independent investigator Adam Tolley conducted the Raab investigation.
“I called for the inquiry and undertook to resign, if it made any finding of bullying whatsoever. I believe it is important to keep my word,” he said.
He added that the inquiry into the allegation “dismissed all but two of the claims leveled against me” and “concluded I has not once, in four and a half years, sworn or shouted at anyone, let alone thrown anything or otherwise physically intimidated anyone, nor intentionally sought to belittle anyone.”
“He acted in a way which was intimidating, in the sense of unreasonably and persistently aggressive conduct in the context of a work meeting,” according to the full report, which was published after Raab’s resignation on Friday. Additionally, it involved a power abuse or misuse that undermines or humiliates.
It continued by stating that Raab’s “conduct was experienced by the affected individual as undermining or humiliating, which was inevitable.” It is reasonable to infer that Raab was aware that his actions would have this effect; He ought to have known, at the very least.
Raab also stated that the report’s findings were “flawed” and that it sets a “dangerous precedent in setting the threshold for bullying so low.”
Raab held several high-profile posts since joining the government as a junior minister in 2015. Besides serving as deputy prime minister, he was also the justice secretary and Lord Chancellor in Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s government.
Rishi Sunak is troubled by Raab’s resignation because, despite coming from the right of the Conservative party, he has been portrayed as more accommodating than Liz Truss and Boris Johnson.
Raab, who reminded Sunak in his resignation letter that he has been steadfast since Sunak’s failed initiative bid the previous summer, is viewed as a firm Brexiteer and a foundation of the right of the party. He definitely stood out enough to be noticed of the Euroskeptic movement in 2014 when he drove a rebellion of 81 MPs against then PM and vigorous Europhile David Cameron.
Raab reinforced Sunak’s traditional certifications, assisting with pushing through policies that required bringing that section of the party with him. And while Raab has promised his loyalty to Sunak, former ministers are able to create trouble on the backbenches, if they wish to.
Raab is the second Sunak ally to resign over bullying claims in less than six months. Cabinet office minister Gavin Williamson resigned from his role in November over accusations, which he denied.