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Downing Street has refused to deny that it knew of “written complaints” made against Dominic Raab when Rishi Sunak appointed him Deputy Prime Minister.
According to No 10, the prime minister was unaware of “formal complaints” against Mr Raab when he appointed him to cabinet posts in October.
But the spokesperson did not say whether Sunak was aware of “written complaints” about Raab’s actions passed to the chief cabinet secretary months earlier.
The possibility that the prime minister was aware of the written complaint about one of his closest political allies calls into question Sunak’s judgment in elevating Raab to one of the government’s most senior positions. wax.
Times report Cabinet Secretary Simon Case was personally informed of a written complaint detailing allegations about Raab’s actions last spring when he was attorney general during Boris Johnson’s premiership.
Officials have made “documented allegations” about Mr Raab’s actions, which have now been passed on to an independent inquiry into the deputy prime minister, the newspaper said.
After reappointing Raab to the cabinet, Sunak has always denied he was aware of any “formal complaints” until he himself became prime minister in October. Tory to investigate.
Raab denies bullying and says he “refutes and refutes” the allegations.
The report would also put renewed pressure on Case over whether he had advised Sunak against appointing Raab to the cabinet, as he was aware of the documented allegations.
Asked what the government considers to be the definition of a “formal complaint,” a Downing Street spokesman said on Friday: It may be through your line manager, human resources representative, or undersecretary. [the chief civil servant of a department] Therefore, if a public official files a complaint, they should be made aware of these processes. “
Asked whether No 10 agreed that the complaint to the undersecretary was a formal complaint, a spokesman said, “The Prime Minister did not know at the time he appointed the formal complaint.”
Asked if Sunak was aware of the “written complaint” about Raab, a No10 spokesperson said: “Again, the Prime Minister was not aware of the formal complaint. I think so,” he said.
The FDA union, which represents civil servants, is concerned that Torrey’s investigation could be “covered up” if Raab decides to resign before it is completed.
FDA Assistant General Secretary Amy Leversidge said: It is normal practice in the employment environment for a survey of this magnitude to reach a conclusion no matter what.
“There can be no scenario that would technically allow a return to government. The process should be completely independent and should not involve politics.”