Dominic Raab faces multiple new complaints from senior officials across multiple government departments over allegations of bullying, according to reports
The deputy prime minister’s former private secretaries, who are responsible for the day-to-day affairs of ministers, are preparing to lodge formal complaints, according to BBC Newsnight.
The new complaints come a day after Rishi Sunak appointed a lawyer to investigate formal complaints against his deputy prime minister, who have accused multiple officials of harassment at various government departments.
“There are a series of allegations that appear to be coming in a number of departments where Dominic Raab has worked, each will need to be cleared by the Prime Minister for investigation,” said Dave Penman, the FDA union general secretary. .
When asked by Newsnight whether the coordinated effort by officials could resemble a “witch hunt”, Penman said it showed some concern about the deputy prime minister’s conduct.
“This is an extraordinary turn of events,” said Penman. “We have never come across a situation where so many officials seem to be complaining about the behavior of a minister.”
The Guardian previously revealed multiple allegations of bullying at three government departments, including the MoJ, the Brexit Department and the Foreign Office.
Raab has previously denied all allegations and expressed support for the review. Labor has called on the Prime Minister to expand the scope of the inquiry to allow for independent investigation of formal and informal complaints.
Downing Street said the lawyer, Adam Tolley KC, charged with investigating the complaints could expand his inquiry to look into other complaints if the Prime Minister agrees.
The program also reported the alleged use of personal email accounts for government affairs in two government departments, including his time as Attorney General last year. According to the program, several officials expressed “deep concerns” with Raab over the use of his personal email account.
The alleged breach of ministerial rules comes after current Home Secretary Suella Braverman was forced to resign from the post under then-Prime Minister Liz Truss, in part after she sent an official document from her personal email to a fellow minister. Member of Parliament sent.
After the Home Secretary was reappointed by Sunak, Braverman admitted to using her personal email six times for official business, apologizing for her “misjudgments”.
The new harassment complaints put further pressure on the prime minister, who Penman says must decide whether it is “safe” for officials to continue working with Raab amid serious allegations about his behaviour.
“That’s what any employer would do,” Penman said. “It is about the prime minister making a decision. He wants to retain the right of veto through the ministerial code, with that comes the responsibility to protect civil servants.”