A further complaint has been brought against Dominic Raab, taking the total number of complaints against the Deputy Prime Minister to three. The complaint came from the Department for Exiting the European Union, when he was Brexit Secretary in 2018. The Prime Minister’s official spokeswoman said Mr Sunak “has now asked the investigator to add an additional complaint”.
She said it was received by the Cabinet Office on November 23th.
The latest complaint comes in addition to two pre-existing complaints, one from his time in the Foreign Office and another from the Ministry of Justice.
But the Prime Minister’s spokesperson confirmed that Mr Sunak still has “full confidence” in Mr Raab.
She added: “There is now an independent investigation that is ongoing.
“It is being led by someone with extensive experience in this area. We’re not going to preempt or prejudge that process.”
Senior lawyer Adam Tolley KC is leading the investigation into the complaints.
Last week, Mr Raab asked Prime Minister Rishi Sunak to launch an investigation into his own conduct after the first allegations about his behaviour towards staff emerged.
Downing Street said the report will be published in a “timely way”.
While the investigation is independent, any final judgement on whether Mr Raab was in breach of the ministerial code will remain with Mr Sunak.
Mr Raab has denied any allegations of bullying, insisting he “behaved professionally at all times”.
The Justice Secretary and Deputy PM said he looks forward to dealing with the complaints “transparently rather than dealing with anonymous comments in the media”.
Labour deputy leader Angela Rayner warned the investigation must not be a “whitewash”, calling on Mr Sunak to expand its scope to cover other allegations about Mr Raab’s behaviour.
She said: “This Conservative government has a troubling track record of brushing serious misconduct under the carpet. Their refusal to act on findings against [former home secretary] Priti Patel previously led their former ethics chief to quit in disgust.
“A temporary stop-gap investigator, appointed in a panic, with an absurdly narrow remit is not a solution to dealing with the flood of allegations of ministerial misconduct now requiring investigation.”