Top Whitehall official 'knew about bullying allegations against Dominic Raab BEFORE he was made Deputy Prime Minister' | The Sun
3rd February 2023

A TOP Whitehall mandarin was allegedly told of a bullying complaint against Dominic Raab BEFORE he was made Deputy Prime Minister.

According to The Times, Cabinet Secretary Simon Case was personally informed of a complaint being looked into by the Ministry of Justice.

But he was still appointed as Deputy PM by Rishi Sunak last year.

The new information raises questions over whether Mr Case warned the PM about Mr Raab.

No10 refused to deny that Mr Sunak had been informally warned about his conduct before he put him in the Cabinet.

Downing St would only say he was "not aware of any formal complaints" at the time.

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The Deputy PM is currently facing an independent investigation multiple claims he mistreated staff.

He denies ever bullying civil servants.

Government insiders have warned the brewing scandal was reaching "breaking point".

One official in the Ministry of Justice told The Sun it feels like a "bomb could drop" any minute.


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Sources close to Mr Raab say he wants to fight to clear his name.

The Deputy PM denies all the claims against him and was witnessed in the Commons on Wednesday mouthing "it's not true" when Labour boss, Sir Keir Starmer, savaged the PM over his handling of the affair.

This week ex-Culture Secretary and top Boris Johnson ally Nadine Dorries weighed in on the affair, saying if she were Mr Raab she'd quit.

"If I were Dominic Raab and I was under this avalanche of accusations being made against me I think I would want to stand down, I would want to dedicate my time to clearing my name and refuting those allegations," Ms Dorries told TalkTV.

"And I think Dominic's probably going to get to that position pretty soon."

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An MoJ spokesman said: “There is zero tolerance for bullying across the civil service. The deputy prime minister leads a professional department, driving forward major reforms, where civil servants are valued and the level of ambition is high.

"There is an independent investigation under way and it would be inappropriate to comment further on issues relating to it until it is completed.”

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