Dominic Raab is facing new questions about his behavior towards younger colleagues and is now reportedly required to have a senior official in the room at all meetings.
Raab, who is the deputy prime minister and justice minister and is currently preparing to replace Sunak at PMQs while attending the G20 summit in Bali, is already facing a series of allegations that he has bullied officials and been curt and demeaning to them used to be.
Meanwhile, Philip Rycroft, the former permanent secretary of the Department for Exiting the European Union, had also expressed concern over Mr Raab’s behavior during his time as Brexit secretary in the then Mark Sedwill cabinet, the Guardian reported.
While Raab was foreign minister, he was reportedly warned about his behavior towards officials. Lord McDonald, the senior official of the Foreign Office, raised the concerns with him and had several discussions between 2019 and 2020 with the head of the Cabinet Office’s Decline and Ethics (PET) team on the matter.
Speaking on LBC on Monday, McDonald acknowledged allegations that Mr Raab could be a bully were plausible. Asked by LBC radio if Mr Raab would be characterized as someone who could bully and around whom bullying could happen, he replied: ‘Yes.’
Raab, who is the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Justice and is preparing to replace Sunak at PMQs, is already facing a series of allegations that he bullied officials and was curt and demeaning to them
Philip Rycroft, the former permanent secretary of the Department for Exiting the European Union, pictured, had expressed concern over Mr Raab’s behavior during his time as Brexit secretary in the then Mark Sedwill cabinet, The Guardian reported .
Lord McDonald added: ‘Dominic Raab is one of the most driven people I’ve ever worked for, he was a tough boss.
“Maybe they’re euphemisms, but I worked closely with him and didn’t see everything that happened.”
According to sources from The Guardian, Lord McDonald spoke to Mr Raab on several occasions about how he treated staff in his private office and at meetings – although no one made an official complaint.
Yesterday on Times Radio, Lord McDonald also claimed that staff were ‘afraid’ to enter the minister’s office. He said: ‘Colleagues did not formally complain to me, it was a kind of professional pride to deal with it, but many were afraid to enter his office.
“His kind of defense was that he treated everyone in the building the same way. He was just as aggressive and controlling with junior ministers and senior officials as he was with his private secretaries.’
Lord McDonald, the senior Foreign Office official, pictured, expressed concern over Raab’s conduct with him and had several discussions between 2019 and 2020 with the head of the National Decency and Ethics (PET) team cabinet on the issue
The colleague added that Mr Raab could be ‘very curt’ to people and made staff feel ‘demeaning’.
He said, “I tried to have that conversation with him, I had several conversations with him.
“But I wouldn’t be surprised today if he said, ‘I don’t recognize that,’ because at that moment I felt my message didn’t get through.”
The prime minister, who is in Bali at the G20 summit, has so far assisted his deputy, who will replace him at PMQs on Wednesday. Sunak told reporters who traveled to Bali with him, “I don’t recognize that characterization of Dominic and I’m not aware of any formal complaints about him.
‘Of course there are fixed procedures for civil servants if they want to bring matters to light. “I know of no formal complaint about Dominic.”
And yesterday, questioned by ITV News, he said: ‘I am not aware and have not been aware of any formal complaint about Dominic’s behaviour.
“Of course there are established processes for people to raise concerns in all workplaces – private, public.
“If people have concerns, they should voice them, because unless people voice them, it’s hard for people to actually investigate them and make the necessary changes.
“So I would urge people to do that. Those processes are confidential and it is good that they are used.’
A spokesperson for Mr Raab told The Guardian: “Dominic had regular discussions with his permanent secretary at the Foreign Office about how best to run the department and ensure that it is up to par in challenging circumstances, such as during Covid. would meet the highest standard.’
FDA Chief Dave Penman, pictured, urged Sunak to appoint a new independent ministerial adviser. In a letter to the Prime Minister, FDA General Secretary Dave Penman said: “As we have seen in recent weeks, there is increasing scrutiny of the behavior of ministers and in particular allegations of bullying – behavior that has no place in a modern workplace’
The head of the FDA union, which represents senior government officials, urged Sunak to appoint a new independent ministerial adviser. The post has been vacant since Lord Geidt resigned in June – reforming the complaints system to tackle a ‘toxic work culture’ in Whitehall.
In a letter to the Prime Minister, FDA General Secretary Dave Penman said: “As we have seen in recent weeks, there is increasing scrutiny of the behavior of ministers and in particular allegations of bullying – behavior that has no place in a modern workplace.’
He has called on Mr Sunak to overhaul the grievance system to deal with a ‘toxic work culture’ in Whitehall.
Deputy Labor leader Angela Rayner demanded an independent inquiry into Mr Raab. She said, “Rishi Sunak clearly knew about Dominic Raab’s reputation when he reappointed him to his cabinet.”
The Liberal Democrats have written to Cabinet Secretary Simon Case asking for a list of ministers with ‘credible allegations of bullying’ to be published against them.
Deputy Labor leader Angela Rayner demanded an independent inquiry into Mr Raab. “Rishi Sunak clearly knew about Dominic Raab’s reputation when he reappointed him to his cabinet,” she said.
The allegations against Mr Raab come a week after Mr Sunak was stung by Gavin Williamson’s resignation as cabinet minister amid separate allegations of bullying.
The Prime Minister also continues to come under scrutiny for his decision to reappoint Suella Braverman as Home Secretary just six days after she was forced to resign over security breaches.
Labor deputy leader Angela Rayner has demanded an independent inquiry into Mr Raab.
The allegations against Mr Raab come a week after Mr Sunak was stung by Gavin Williamson’s resignation as cabinet minister amid separate allegations of bullying
Mr Raab’s spokesman said: ‘Dominic has acted with professionalism and integrity in all his government functions.
“He has an excellent track record of driving positive change across multiple government departments by working well with government officials.
“He holds everyone, especially himself, to the high standards that the British people have come to expect from their government.”
MailOnline has reached out to the Justice Department and Dominic Raab’s spokesperson for comment.