Dominic Raab Bullying Allegations Continues

The inquiry into allegations of bullying against former foreign secretary Dominic Raab has been expanded to include a new complaint, Downing Street has said. The news follows the resignation from the government of Nimco Ali, a close ally of Mr Raab, who accused him on Sunday night of overseeing an “intolerable” working environment in his former department.

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The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: “We take all allegations seriously, which is why we are extending the scope of the existing independent investigation.” He added that No ten would not be commenting further while the inquiry takes place

The move comes after Ms Ali alleged a “toxic culture” in Mr Raab’s Foreign Office and claimed she had been the victim of “bullying, gaslighting and misogynistic behaviour.”

Mr Raab has denied any wrongdoing, saying that the claims were false and that he was committed to creating an inclusive working environment.

The inquiry into Mr Raab is being led by Sir Alex Allan, who is currently leading the government’s Independent Adviser on Ministers’ Interests. He will examine whether there is a pattern of bullying within the Foreign Office under Mr Raab’s leadership. It is expected to conclude in January 2021

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The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: “We take all allegations seriously, which is why we are extending the scope of Sir Alex Allan’s independent investigation”. He added that No ten would not comment further while the inquiry occurs.

The news comes just days after Mr Raab stepped down from the Cabinet, citing “unresolved disagreements” with Prime Minister Boris Johnson over Brexit. Ms Ali said in a statement that she resigned because of her “dismay at the toxic culture at the heart of government”. She also suggested that Mr Raab had been aware of the problems but failed to address them.

It must be made clear whether other current or former staff members will be asked to give evidence during Sir Alex Allan’s investigation. But there will likely be further scrutiny of how bullying and harassment have been managed in the Foreign Office under Mr Raab’s leadership. The inquiry is expected to report its findings in the new year.

The government said Sir Alex Allan’s inquiry would examine whether any individuals, including Mr Raab himself, are responsible for any failure to act about inappropriate behaviour and assess broader institutional issues related to bullying and harassment. It has also said that it is determined to ensure that no one in public office should be able to get away with bullying or harassment of anyone else.

This l.atest news is sure to raise further questions about how far Mr Raab’s team tried to address the issue when he was in charge of the Foreign Office. Whatever the findings of this inquiry, it will certainly be a high-profile examination of standards and accountability within government institutions.

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