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Raab bullying report handed to Number 10 as deputy PM’s future hangs in the balance

The report into Dominic Raab over allegations he bullied staff has been handed over to Number 10.

Rishi Sunak's spokesperson said: "The prime minister has received the report from Adam Tolley, the independent investigator.

"He received the findings this morning. He is considering those findings. I appreciate there may be many questions, but I'm not going to be commenting further whilst that process is ongoing."

Accusations against the deputy prime minister first surfaced in November last year, and as more official complaints were made, Mr Raab asked for an investigation to take place. He is a close ally of Rishi Sunak, who appointed him to the post - and as justice secretary - after he took over the Conservatives in October 2022.

Asked whether the PM still has confidence in Mr Raab, the spokesperson said: "The prime minister is carefully considering the findings of the report."

Raab report is about 'establishing a pattern of behaviour'

The report into Dominic Raab is about "establishing a pattern of behaviour" that goes back over his career, Rachel Cunliffe, senior associate editor for the New Statesman, has said.

Speaking to Sky News, Ms Cunliffe said the report into Mr Raab was "likely to be extensive", especially as it dealt with a number of complaints dating back to 2018.

She said: "A huge amount of information for Rishi Sunak to read, take in and consider but ultimately the decision will be up to him."

Ms Cunliffe said this was about "establishing a pattern of behaviour" with Mr Raab that goes back over his career as Brexit, foreign and justice secretary.

Asked if Tories cared if they had a robust person with strong personality in cabinet, Ms Cunliffe added: "I think there are a number of Conservatives who might say those are qualities you should look for in a minister.

"However, if that minister's behaviour is such that civil servants are too afraid to work with them - and we've had reports of civil servants bursting into tears - yes that is something to consider."



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