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The Independent

Dominic Raab hit by extra formal complaints over bullying allegations

Dominic Raab has been hit by a number of new formal complaints from Ministry of Justice (MoJ) workers about alleged bullying behaviour, it has emerged.

The justice secretary is already going through an investigation after two formal complaints, with claims authorities workers have been “scared” to enter his workplace.

However a “handful” of recent complaints have now been made by MoJ civil servants, based on The Guardian – citing sources who accused Mr Raab of making a “perverse tradition of worry”.

One supply instructed the newspaper that the recent claims have been “extra severe and extra particular” than these already submitted.

“He was demeaning and aggressive, even to senior workers, and his unpredictability from day after day meant we have been all always on edge,” they mentioned.

No 10 is anticipated to announce an unbiased investigator on Wednesday, after Rishi Sunak agreed with Mr Raab’s request to launch an inquiry.

Downing Avenue indicated on Tuesday that Mr Raab’s conduct might vary extra extensively than simply the formal complaints made towards him.

Mr Sunak’s official spokesman mentioned “it is going to be for the investigator to determine what they do or don’t select to take a look at”, indicating that meant they may transcend the 2 formal complaints.

“They’ll have a remit. I think about we can give an summary as soon as an appointment is confirmed of what they’ll look into,” the No 10 spokesman added.

The investigator will probably be appointed by the prime minister and report back to him, though Mr Sunak is not going to be obliged to simply accept any findings made about Mr Raab’s conduct.

Mr Raab has been going through a sequence of allegations he bullied officers and deployed impolite and demeaning behaviour in earlier stints as justice secretary and overseas secretary.

The senior minister acted so badly in a gathering with the Residence Workplace earlier this yr that the MoJ everlasting secretary Antonia Romeo needed to apologise later for his behaviour, it has been claimed.

The MoJ didn’t deny an apology had taken place. “The Ministry of Justice works hand in glove with the Residence Workplace and calls between officers to comply with up cross-departmental conferences are commonplace process,” mentioned a spokesperson on Tuesday.

Angela Rayner, Labour’s deputy chief, mentioned Mr Raab “leaves a path of senior officers compelled to spend their time apologising for his poisonous behaviour and studying him the riot act, as an alternative of specializing in making Britons protected on our streets”.

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