following Bullying accusations, a brief prime ministerial role and leadership contests dominic raab announced he won’t stand in the next general election. but where did it all go wrong?
Dominic Raab has been one of the most prominent members of the Conservative Party over the past few years. He spent the last four years in and out of the Cabinet where he had roles such as Foreign Secretary, Justice Secretary and of course, Deputy Prime Minister.
Earlier this year he was forced to stand down as Deputy Prime Minister after multiple accusations of bullying were made against him by Civil Servants, and now he’s decided not to contest his Parliamentary seat at the next General Election.
An independent investigation was launched into his conduct and it was found that he acted in an ‘intimidating and aggressive’ way towards members of the Civil Service.
Raab has been the MP for Esher and Walton in Surrey since 2010 and he also stood to become the new Prime Minister in 2019 when Theresa May resigned from the job. Boris Johnson went on to win the contest as Raab was eliminated in the second round of voting.
He was a prominent figure in the government During the Covid-19 Pandemic. Raab spent a number of days standing in as Prime Minister whilst Boris Johnson was in intensive care suffering with the virus.
In a letter to his local Conservative Party members, which was seen first by the Telegraph, he said: “I have become increasingly concerned over the last few years about the pressure the job has placed on my young family.”
When he resigned from the Cabinet, he said in his statement: “I am grateful to have had the opportunity to work as a Minister.”
However, he continued to dismiss the findings of the investigation: “it’s two adverse findings are flawed and set a dangerous precedent for the conduct of good government.”
Stay tuned on Punching Up’s Twitter for more on Raab’s resignation.