Kerry McCarthy Labour MP for Bristol East
In a question to the Secretary of State for the Cabinet Office, I asked when the Prime Minister knew about the bullying allegations against Dominica Raab – whether it was before or after he appointed him Justice Secretary and Deputy Prime Minister.
The Government consistently avoids answering this question, and clearly has an official line, but the fact of the matter is that several senior civil servants had very serious concerns about Raab, and a third of all staff in his private office felt bullied by him. Are we supposed to believe that this remained a complete secret within the Departments in which he served, and that no-one ever thought to tell Raab’s boss? It’s time for Sunak to come clean about what he knew and when.
This matter is incredibly serious: some of his staff had nervous breakdowns and felt “suicidal” as a result of his leadership, and compared it to an abusive relationship. These were senior civil servants, and they were not, as Jacob Rees-Mogg shockingly put it, being “snowflakey”.
I was unfortunately unable to quote Raab himself in response to the complete non-answer I got from the Cabinet Secretary, because I believe in polite and civil discourse, but I’m sure you can imagine what I meant. If you can’t imagine, have a look for yourself.