OLIVER Dowden has been named Britain’s new Deputy Prime Minister following the resignation of Dominic Raab, who was found guilty of bullying staff during his time in government.
An independent probe by Adam Tolley KC upheld two of eight complaints levelled against Raab after finding he engaged in an ‘abuse or misuse of power’ that ‘undermines or humiliates’ while serving as foreign secretary, Brexit secretary and justice secretary.
Findings from the probe revealed that Raab’s conduct in the department had a ‘significant adverse effect’ on one colleague, but it cleared him of shouting or swearing at staff or raising his arms in a threatening manner as some of the complaints made about him had alleged.
It also revealed some of the complainants had never even met him, but were supporting colleagues and suggested staff had been upset by Raab’s ‘inquisitorial, direct, impatient and fastidious’ style, which included criticising their work to their face and interrupting them in meetings.
The former deputy prime minister had previously committed to resigning if the report indicted him.
“Whilst I feel duty-bound to accept the outcome of the inquiry, it dismissed all but two of the claims levelled against me,” he wrote in a resignation letter.
“I also believe that its two adverse findings are flawed and set a dangerous precedent for the conduct of good government.”
Raab accused civil servants of not being able to handle the high standards, pace and challenge that he brought. Some of his allies also branded the bullying claims against him ‘snowflake central’.
Government whip Joy Morrissey, tweeted: “Sadly, we now live in a country where the definition of bullying includes telling someone to do their job, where the slightest upset or annoyance is indulged with endless reports and inquiries”.
Meanwhile, former prisons minister Alex Chalk, has also been named the new Justice Secretary.