The British Minister of Justice, Dominic Raabpresented this Friday his resignation after the publication of a report confirming the accusations leveled against him by his alleged workplace harassment of officials during his time in different ministerial portfolios.
In a letter released via Twitter, the also vice prime minister, one of the closest allies of the head of government, Rishi Sunakexplained that he resigns as he had promised to do if the report prepared by the lawyer adam tolley contained “any finding of harassment”despite the fact that he denies having committed it.
“I requested the investigation and I promised to resign if it contained any findings of ‘bullying‘. I think it is important to keep my word, ”he wrote in his resignation letter.
Despite everything, Raab considers that “by setting such a low bar for harassment, this investigation sets a dangerous precedent”.
In his opinion, it will encourage “spurious complaints against ministers” and will have a pernicious effect on “those who drive change” in the Sunak government.
Although the report has not yet been made public, Raab says the investigation “has ruled out all but two of the allegations (a total of eight),” and that those two “contained errors.”
And he also considers that ministers must have the capacity to give “critical direct answers” to his subordinates.
Raab’s resignation is a strong political blow to the prime minister, who had his support from the first moment he launched his candidacy to lead the Conservative Party.
Sunak is now expected to carry out a small ministerial reshuffle, while doubts persist as to whether he was aware of the complaints against his ally before appointing him again as head of Justice on October 25.
(With information from EFE)
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