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Deputy Prime Minister faces new bullying claim over ‘abusive attack’ on anti-Brexit activist

03 Feb 2023 3 minute read
Deputy PM Dominic Raab. Photo James Manning PA Images

Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab is facing a fresh claim of bullying after an anti-Brexit campaigner alleged he launched an “abusive attack” on her.

Gina Miller said Mr Raab, who was also appointed as Justice Secretary by Rishi Sunak, was “aggressive and intimidating” during an “aggressive encounter”.

A source close to Mr Raab, who denies bullying staff, said her account was “baseless” and “timed to jump on a political bandwagon and give Gina Miller the publicity she craves”.

Meanwhile, the Prime Minister remains under pressure over what he knew about Mr Raab’s behaviour when appointing him deputy.

The Times reported that Cabinet Secretary Simon Case was personally informed of a written complaint against Mr Raab months before his reappointment as Justice Secretary.

Ms Miller, who has launched her own political party, said the Tory MP “launched into an abusive attack on me” while in a BBC studio to debate Brexit in 2016

“I can’t make up my mind if you’re naive, got too much money or just stupid,” she claimed he told her, in an article for the Independent website.


Mr Raab was “furious” when she was told by a young man that a car was ready to pick her up, Ms Miller said, adding that he shouted at the man: “Go get me a f****** car.”

“Raab was aggressive and intimidating, and I was bullied and demeaned,” Ms Miller said.

“This was an aggressive male expressing seemingly misogynistic behaviour. This sort of behaviour is not acceptable from anyone, especially not from a powerful, influential politician.”

A source close to Mr Raab responded: “These are baseless and malicious claims, timed to jump on a political bandwagon and give Gina Miller the publicity she craves.”

Dozens of officials are believed to be involved in the inquiry by senior lawyer Adam Tolley KC which was ordered by Mr Sunak.

Dave Penman, the leader of the FDA union – which represents senior civil servants, has said officials have “suffered mental health crises” as a result of Mr Raab’s behaviour.

“I’ve spoken to people who are civil servants working and have worked for Dominic Raab, who have suffered mental health crises, have lost their careers essentially because they’ve had to move and change jobs,” Mr Penman told Sky News.

Downing Street has only ruled out Mr Sunak being aware of “formal complaints” before appointing Mr Raab, and has not denied he knew about informal allegations.

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Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
1 year ago

I wonder if he and the Home Sec share the same dressing up box…

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
1 year ago
Reply to  Mab Meirion

What a nest of Liars and Cheats, Criminals and Debauchees Downing Street really is…

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
1 year ago
Reply to  Mab Meirion

Do have a read of Josie Stewart’s piece in the Guardian online, she worked for Raab in the Foreign Office and exposed Raab’s and Fat Shanks’ and other top civil servants appalling behaviour during the fall of Kabul. They should be on trial for malfeasance in public office, the longer Rishi Sunak protects Raab the more complicit he is in this crime against this country and the Afghan people while the Home Sec is aping behaviour seen in Europe in the early 1940’s. I hope our Senedd is following this despicable account closely…

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
1 year ago
Reply to  Mab Meirion

MM and the Ed could you please keep this piece current and on page 1…

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