Downing Street has expanded the investigation into alleged bullying by Dominic Raab to include a third formal complaint, relating to allegations about his conduct in a third ministerial role.
The investigation by senior employment barrister Adam Tooley KC, who was appointed by Rishi Sunak on Wednesday to look into allegations about the deputy prime minister, will now look into a complaint relating to his four-month stint as Brexit secretary in 2018.
Tollely had already been dealing with complaints against Raab, who also serves as justice minister, filed by officials at the justice department and the foreign ministry, where he served as foreign minister.Read:Lamborghini Aventador in fire from Lord Aleem’s supercar hire firm
Sunak’s deputy spokesperson said: “I can confirm that the prime minister has now asked the investigator to add another formal complaint relating to conduct in the Brexit administration, establishing the facts in line with the existing terms of reference.”
It said the third complaint was received at the Cabinet Office on Wednesday. “That has been looked at. The Prime Minister took advice from the Cabinet Office, and last night asked for a band update.”
Raab denied the bullying, and vowed to “thoroughly refute and refute” the allegations.
The spokesperson said Sunak had confidence in Raab and would not be making “ongoing comment” while the investigation was in progress.
“As we said, there is now an independent investigation underway. It is being led by someone with extensive experience in this area. We are not going to pre-empt or pre-judge this process,” she said.Read:‘Grief can overwhelm you’: has King Charles had space to mourn? | King Charles III
The Guardian exposed multiple allegations of bullying and intimidating behavior by Raab across three government departments – the Ministry of Justice, the Brexit Office and the Foreign Office. Sunak faced questions about his judgment in his reappointment when it came to light.
The Labor Party has called for Sinak to expand the scope of the investigation to allow for a proactive and independent investigation into formal and informal complaints about Raab’s alleged behaviour.
Earlier this week, The Guardian reported that Raab allegedly behaved very badly in a meeting with the Home Office during his first term as justice secretary – holding the position under Boris Johnson, but being removed within seven weeks of Liz Truss becoming prime minister. Ministers – The senior official had to personally apologize to his counterparts afterwards.Read:UK restaurant and coffee prices rise by up to 26% in two years | Inflation
Whitehall sources said Raab behaved “so badly and inappropriately” at a high-level meeting earlier this year that the permanent secretary at the Ministry of Justice called the then Home Secretary, Priti Patel’s senior officials, to express their regrets.