Dominic Raab has resigned because the UK’s deputy prime minister after an unbiased report into bullying claims in opposition to him upheld two of the allegations.
Raab, who was additionally justice secretary, issued a letter on Twitter on Friday morning saying he wished to “hold his phrase”, having promised to resign if the inquiry by employment lawyer Adam Tolley discovered proof of any bullying.
However in his defiant letter Raab warned that the inquiry would undermine the flexibility of ministers to “train direct oversight” over civil service officers.
“In setting the edge for bullying so low, this inquiry has set a harmful precedent,” he wrote. “It should encourage spurious complaints in opposition to ministers and have a chilling impact on these driving change on behalf of your authorities — and finally the British individuals.”
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak commissioned Tolley to hold out an inquiry into Raab’s behaviour following studies in November that the deputy prime minister was going through a number of contemporary complaints of bullying behaviour as justice secretary and beforehand overseas secretary.
Tolley is known to have examined eight formal complaints involving allegations by greater than 20 officers.
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