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The Independent

Sunak appoints main KC to research bullying claims towards Raab

A senior lawyer has been appointed by Rishi Sunak to look into complaints of bullying behaviour by Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab.

Industrial and employment legislation specialist Adam Tolley KC will look into the claims made towards Mr Raab after two formal complaints have been submitted about his conduct.

Downing Street has indicated Mr Tolley’s remit may prolong to different allegations about Mr Raab after a sequence of claims associated to his time as overseas secretary and his first stint within the Ministry of Justice.

Mr Raab, who returned as Justice Secretary when the Prime Minister took workplace, requested the unbiased investigation after the 2 formal complaints about his actions.

Mr Tolley was appointed by the Prime Minister and can report back to him.

Downing Avenue mentioned Mr Sunak is not going to need to act on any findings made by the investigation as a result of as Prime Minister he stays the final word arbiter of the Ministerial Code.

The phrases of reference require Mr Tolley to “set up the particular details” surrounding the formal complaints made towards Mr Raab on the Ministry of Justice and the Overseas Workplace.

They specify “the investigation ought to be accomplished as swiftly as potential”.

Downing Avenue mentioned the report into Mr Raab might be revealed in full however wouldn’t put a timeframe on the inquiry, saying solely it could be detailed “in a well timed means”.

The Prime Minister’s official spokesman mentioned the lawyer had been appointed to “conduct the investigation, set up the details and supply his findings”.

“He’s requested to look into these two formal complaints to determine the details. He’s additionally capable of focus on with the Prime Minister if he desires to look into different points which will come up.”

In a sign that Mr Tolley might be able to interview folks and get data of WhatsApp messages and emails,  the spokesman mentioned: “He may have entry to all the knowledge he needs to see.”

Mr Tolley’s authorized profession has seen him concerned in high-profile circumstances together with efficiently representing Clarence Home in a 2004 employment tribunal introduced by aide Elaine Day who accused the then Prince of Wales’ family of sexual harassment and unfair dismissal.

He additionally acted for HM Income and Customs in a case with TV presenter Eamonn Holmes over off-payroll working preparations.

Liberal Democrat chief whip Wendy Chamberlain MP mentioned if the complaints towards Mr Raab have been upheld the Prime Minister should sack him as “something much less would make a mockery of his promise to deliver again integrity”.

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