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Dominic Raab insists he all the time ‘behaved professionally’ regardless of bullying claims



Dominic Raab has insisted he “behaved professionally always” regardless of dealing with rising claims of bullying.

The deputy prime minister informed Sky Information on Thursday that he seems ahead to coping with the allegations “totally and transparently”.

It comes after the BBC reported that civil servants who labored for Mr Raab are making ready to file formal bullying complaints.

Rishi Sunak has appointed senior lawyer Adam Tolley KC to research into two formal complaints made final week over Mr Raab’s behaviour, however No 10 says the prime minister still has full confidence in him.

And Mr Raab additionally insisted it was “completely legit” and in step with steerage to make use of his private cellular for some work issues, after Newsnight reported allegations he used his private e mail for presidency enterprise at two totally different departments.

Requested by Sky Information whether or not he had been informed that extra senior officers who labored most intently with him every day had submitted complaints, Mr Raab replied: “I’ve behaved professionally always.

“And I’m the one which when the grievance got here in a matter of days in the past, the primary that had ever come towards me since I’ve been a minister since 2015, known as for an unbiased inquiry and I stay up for coping with it totally and transparently somewhat than coping with nameless feedback within the media.”

Requested about allegations surrounding his cell phone, he replied: “I’ve all the time adhered to the ministerial code, together with the usage of my iPhone.”

He mentioned he had “all the time been cautious to guard the integrity of any communications” he has.

Dominic Raab has confronted bullying allegations

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Requested how this doesn’t represent breaching the ministerial code, the deputy prime minister replied: “It is rather clear, I took recommendation on it. I’m assured in that.”

Probed on stories that senior civil servants had informed him to not use his private telephone for presidency enterprise, Mr Raab dismissed the claims as “nameless hypothesis”.

He added that he had “all the time taken recommendation” on shield the integrity of communications and, when requested why he used his private telephone for some issues, replied that it was “completely legit and in step with the steerage that we have now”.

“I haven’t damaged the ministerial code, I’m assured, in any of the methods you’re asserting,” Mr Raab mentioned.

He had beforehand informed MPs he would “have interaction totally” with the investigation into him and regarded ahead to “transparently addressing” the complaints.

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