Dominic Raab: investigation into conduct extended to include third complaint | Dominic Raab

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Downing Street has widened the investigation into alleged bullying by Dominic Raab to include a third formal complaint relating to allegations of his conduct in a third ministerial role.

The investigation, carried out by senior employment lawyer Adam Tolley KC, who was appointed by Rishi Sunak on Wednesday to investigate allegations about the deputy prime minister, will now investigate a complaint relating to his four-month stint as Brexit secretary in 2018.

Tolley was already dealing with complaints against Raab, who is also the attorney general, made by officials at the Department of Justice and the Department of Foreign Affairs, where he served as secretary of state.

Sunak’s deputy spokesman said: “I can confirm that the Prime Minister has now asked the investigator to add a further formal complaint regarding the conduct of the Department for Exiting the European Union and to establish the facts in accordance with the existing terms of reference.”

The third complaint was received by the Cabinet Office on Wednesday, she said. “That was looked at. The Prime Minister got advice from the Cabinet Office and last night he asked for the scope to be updated.”

Raab has denied bullying and vowed to “fundamentally refute and refute” the allegations.

The spokesman said Sunak had confidence in Raab and would not provide “an ongoing comment” while the investigation took place.

“As we have said, there is now an independent investigation underway. It is being led by someone with extensive experience in this area. We will not pre-empt or pre-empt that process,” she said.

The Guardian has uncovered multiple allegations of bullying and intimidating behavior by Raab across three government departments – the MoJ, the Brexit department and the Foreign Office. Sunak has faced questions about his judgment in reappointing him as they emerged.

Labor has called on Sunak to widen the scope of the inquiry to allow proactive and independent investigation of formal and informal complaints about Raab’s alleged conduct.

Earlier this week was The Guardian reported that that Raab allegedly behaved so badly in a meeting with the Home Office during his first stint as justice secretary – he had the job under Boris Johnson but was removed during Liz Truss’s seven weeks as prime minister – that his department’s top official had to personally apologize to counterparts afterwards.

Whitehall sources said Raab acted “so badly and inappropriately” at a high-level meeting earlier this year that the permanent secretary of the MoJ was forced to call senior officials from the then home secretary, Priti Patel, to express regret .

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