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The Independent

Raab says he has behaved professionally ‘always’ regardless of additional claims

Dominic Raab has defended himself in opposition to allegations of bullying and utilizing his private electronic mail for presidency enterprise as Rishi Sunak continued to again his embattled deputy.

The Deputy Prime Minister stated he had at all times adhered to the ministerial code and “behaved professionally” as contemporary bullying claims emerged.

Downing Street stated on Thursday the Prime Minister nonetheless had full confidence in him as quite a lot of Mr Raab’s former non-public secretaries had been anticipated to lodge formal complaints in opposition to his conduct.

I at all times adhere to the ministerial code

Dominic Raab

The allegations, if lodged, may very well be included within the investigation into Mr Raab being carried out into two formal complaints of bullying by senior lawyer Adam Tolley KC.

Mr Raab informed the BBC: “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 has come in opposition to me since I’ve been a minister since 2015, referred to as for an unbiased inquiry and I stay up for coping with it totally and transparently relatively than coping with nameless feedback within the media.

“I at all times adhere to the ministerial code, together with my use of my iPhone.

“I’ve at all times taken recommendation on the fitting means, significantly as international secretary and coping with a complete vary of delicate points, at all times been very cautious to guard the integrity of any communications I’ve.”

A supply confirmed a number of senior officers who labored intently with Mr Raab had been making ready to submit the complaints, as first reported by Newsnight.

Liberal Democrat chief whip Wendy Chamberlain demanded an investigation after it additionally emerged Mr Raab had used his private electronic mail account for Authorities enterprise.

Allies of the Justice Secretary insisted there have been no breaches of the ministerial code as a result of he copied in an acceptable Authorities electronic mail tackle when required by the steering.

Additionally they argued he was utilizing his private account simply to approve tweets and quotes together with his staff at quick discover.

However Ms Chamberlain stated: “The general public deserve solutions, no more cover-ups.

“The Deputy Prime Minister can’t be relaxed about nationwide safety particularly at a time when Britain’s enemies are stepping up their cyber assaults.

“It’s only proper and correct the Cupboard Workplace examine these reviews and decide instantly if abroad enemies may have seen nationwide secrets and techniques despatched by Dominic Raab.”

However Downing Avenue backed Mr Raab and rejected recommendations the investigation can be a whitewash, regardless of Mr Sunak’s capacity to reject its findings.

“It’s a long-standing conference that the prime minister of the day is the arbiter of the (ministerial) code and the ultimate decision-maker on these kinds of points,” the Prime Minister’s official spokesman stated.

“The investigator trying into that is extremely skilled and has an appropriate background, and is being given entry to no matter they should conduct a radical and swift investigation.”

The spokesman additionally defended Mr Raab over his electronic mail use after Newsnight shared allegations he used his private electronic mail account for Authorities enterprise at two completely different departments, as lately as final 12 months.

“Ministers are in a position to make use of numerous types of communication,” he stated.

“So long as they take heed of that steering, there may be not a binary restriction on use of private electronic mail addresses.”

Deputy Labour chief Angela Rayner stated: “There have to be no trace of a whitewash on the subject of the slew of great allegations the Deputy Prime Minister now faces.

“The scope of this investigation should instantly be expanded to allow proactive investigation of Dominic Raab’s behaviour throughout his time as a minister, together with so-called expressions of concern, casual complaints and the regarding testimony of his personal former everlasting secretary.”

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