Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab on Downing Street (Alamy)
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Adam Tolley KC, a lawyer who specialises in employment law has been appointed to lead the inquiry into Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab, after formal complaints were made about his conduct.
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak agreed last week that an investigation should be launched, after complaints were made relating to Raab’s time at the Foreign Office, and his first tenure as Justice Secretary in 2021.
Tolley is described by his chambers at Fountain Court as having a “wide ranging practice” with specialisms in “commercial and employment law”.
“He has particular specialisations in issues of post-termination restrictions and confidentiality,” the profile on the Fountain Court website reads.
The Cabinet Office release this afternoon said that Tolley has been asked to establish the faces surrounding two formal complaints, both made on 15 November. One relates to Raab’s time at the Ministsry of Justice, the other to his time at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.
The report of the investigation will be made public, the terms of reference state.
A series of reports relating to the senior Cabinet Minister’s conduct have emerged in recent weeks, including claims that he was aggressive towards staff. Raab – who also serves as Justice Secertary – wrote to Sunak last week asking for “an independent investigation as soon as possible”.
In his letter to the Prime Minister, shared on Twitter, he said: “I will cooperate fully and respect whatever outcome you decide.
I have written to the Prime Minister to request an independent investigation into two formal complaints that have been made against me. I look forward to addressing these complaints, and continuing to serve as Deputy Prime Minister, Justice Secretary, and Lord Chancellor. pic.twitter.com/3lmJR76e6b
“I remain committed to serving this government with integrity and professionalism as Deputy Prime Minister, Justice Secretary, and Lord Chancellor, and welcome the opportunity to address any complaints transparently.”
Responding at the time, Sunak said: “I know that you will be keen to address the complaints made against you and agree that proceeding in this way is the right course of action.”
He added: “Integrity, professionalism and accountability are core values of this government. It is right that these matters are investigated fully.”
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