LONDON—Dominic Raab has resigned from his positions just one day after a report investigating bullying allegations against him was handed to the UK Prime Minister. While it is typical for cabinet members to admit their mistakes and apologize in their resignation letter, Raab did not follow this tradition. Instead, he used his letter to argue that the findings of the inquiry set a dangerous precedent, claiming that the bar for what constitutes bullying has been set too low.
Raab had promised to step down if the inquiry found against him, and in a statement, he said it was important to keep his word. However, he also claimed that the investigation was not fair, calling it “Kafkaesque” and accusing the inquiry of encouraging spurious complaints against ministers.
A senior lawyer conducted a five-month inquiry that looked at eight complaints from Raab’s time at three government departments. The lawyer, Adam Tolley, upheld some but not all of the allegations.
Raab’s resignation came despite a highly critical report that concluded he had bullied colleagues by acting in an unreasonably and persistently aggressive way in a workplace meeting. The report also found that Raab had abused or misused his power in a way that undermined or humiliated others.
Labour criticized Raab’s response, saying it lacked humility. Meanwhile, civil servants expressed disappointment with Rishi Sunak’s soft tone in response to Raab stepping down.
Despite Raab’s resignation, Sunak spoke positively of him in his letter, acknowledging Raab’s loyalty and importance as an ally to the Prime Minister.
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