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Deputy Prime Minister says he makes no apologies for ‘high standards’ as bullying probe continues

21 Jan 2023 3 minute read
Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab. PA images Victoria Jones

Dominic Raab insisted he has always “behaved professionally” as he declined to comment on the status of the bullying inquiry against him.

Eight formal allegations have been levelled against the Deputy Prime Minister and are being investigated by senior lawyer Adam Tolley KC.

Mr Raab said he is “always mindful” of his behaviour but makes “no apologies for having high standards” when asked whether he has changed how he deals with others.

The Justice Secretary told the BBC: “There’s a number of complaints that have been made.

“The minute that happened, the minute there were any formal complaints, and there was of course leaking and anonymous points made in the media, I immediately asked for an independent investigation.

“That’s outstanding. That’s ongoing. I can’t comment on that, it would be wrong for me to do so.

“But as I’ve said before, I’m confident I behaved professionally throughout, and of course the Government takes a zero-tolerance approach to bullying.”

He said it was for the lawyer “to make any further statements”.

“But there will be a report, it will go to the Prime Minister, it will be published, so there’s no question of dodging transparency around this.”

‘No apologies’

Rishi Sunak has resisted calls to suspend Mr Raab while the probe is conducted.

Asked whether he has modified his behaviour since the complaints were made, Mr Raab said: “I don’t think I have done anything wrong.

“So look, of course I’m always mindful of the way I behave.

“But actually I think what people want to know is that their Government ministers are striving every sinew to deliver for them and I make no apologies for having high standards, for trying to drive things forward…

“I think people expect ministers that come in to really push things forward and drive things forward.

“But that can be done, of course, in a professional way, and I’m confident that that’s what I’ve done throughout.”

During his Saturday morning broadcast round, Mr Raab was forced to defend Mr Sunak’s promise that his premiership would be one of “integrity” after the Prime Minister was fined for failing to wear a seatbelt while in a moving vehicle.

The Deputy Prime Minister also defended Tory party chairman Nadhim Zahawi after he was accused of paying a penalty as part of a multi-million pound settlement with HMRC.


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Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
12 days ago

Raab, Braverman, Zahawi, Truss, Kwarteng and the rest of the Tory gang; not one of them will apologise…

Fi yn unig
Fi yn unig
12 days ago

Raab says Sunak has a ‘hectic schedule’ to excuse his seat belt omission and said he was FOCUSSED on his levelling up drivel so if I’m stopped for not wearing a seat belt in my truck when I have a hectic schedule, I can tell the officer that I was FOCUSSED on my load being strapped down so that it doesn’t fall off and kill someone and that will be a perfectly admissible excuse yes? I’ll then tell the officer to contact Mr Raab for clarification on this.

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
12 days ago

Raab says Zahawi has been transparent on tax matters, if he means we can see right through this tax cheat then he is spot on…

Cathy Jones
Cathy Jones
12 days ago

Just want to say:

TORIES OUT

Enough Is Enough

Annibyniaeth

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
12 days ago

Sat on a beach in Crete while our people in Afghanistan were rounded up and killed and he talks about having high standards…you snivelling waste of oxygen…

Last edited 12 days ago by Mab Meirion
Kerry Davies
Kerry Davies
11 days ago

Michel Barnier nailed this charlatan in one glance. After the Blank Czech had broken every diplomatic rule in the book by writing direct to the 27 member states of the EU Barnier confronted him with the actual letters and told him that it was useless to go behind his back.
He describes Raab as “almost messianic” and completely untrustworthy.

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