Raab’s future in the balance as Sunak considers report into bullying claims

Report into allegations against deputy prime minister handed to Downing Street

Dominic Raab’s position as the UK’s deputy prime minister is in the balance as Rishi Sunak considers the findings of a long-awaited report into bullying allegations.

Downing Street said the prime minister is carefully considering the report, from senior lawyer Adam Tolley KC, which was handed to No 10 on Thursday morning.

Mr Sunak’s previous expression of having “full confidence” in Mr Raab “still stands”, the prime minister’s official spokesman said.

But “obviously he’s carefully considering the findings of the report before coming to a judgment”.


Mr Raab was investigated over eight formal complaints about his behaviour as foreign secretary, Brexit secretary and during his first stint as justice secretary.

Downing Street would not indicate when the report will be published but insisted a resolution will be sought “as swiftly as possible”.

“The prime minister has received the report from Adam Tolley, the independent investigator. He received the findings this morning – he is considering those findings,” the spokesman said.

While there was no formal role for Mr Sunak’s ethics tsar Sir Laurie Magnus in the investigation, he could consult him before delivering his verdict on Mr Raab -though such conversations are usually kept private.

Sir Laurie had not been appointed as the independent adviser on ministers’ interests when the investigation into Mr Raab was launched.

Mr Sunak is the ultimate arbiter on issues around ministerial conduct and the final decision on his close ally Mr Raab will rest with him.

One person involved in the process described the review as “devastating”, while a senior government official said Mr Raab is “toast”, according to the Financial Times.

The Guardian said senior Ministry of Justice officials could quit if Mr Raab, who is also justice secretary, is cleared of the allegations.

A decision not to sanction him would be “demoralising” for staff in the department, a source told the paper.

Mr Raab has insisted he believes “heart and soul” that he is not a bully and defended his “forthright” approach to his work.