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Dominic Raab, U.K. Deputy Prime Minister, Resigns Amid Bullying Scandal

Dominic Raab, the UK’s deputy prime minister and justice secretary, resigned on Friday following an investigation into allegations of bullying, becoming the third cabinet minister to be forced out over ethics issues in the past six months. The investigation by an independent barrister found that Mr. Raab had mistreated his civil servants, leading to his departure. In his resignation letter sent to Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, Raab accused the inquiry of setting a low threshold for bullying, setting a dangerous precedent and encouraging “spurious complaints” against ministers. The resignation comes as Sunak faces a challenge to deliver his promise of leading a government of “integrity, professionalism, and accountability at every level” following a series of scandals. The most prominent of which was the Downing Street parties that violated lockdown rules. While Sunak has gained political momentum, signing deals with the European Union and France, polls still show the opposition Labour Party leading the Conservative Party. Before his resignation, newspapers had reported claims about Raab’s behaviour toward officials, raising questions about whether Sunak should have been aware of the allegations against him at the time of his appointment. Raab’s resignation follows the resignation of former Education Secretary Gavin Williamson and Health Secretary Matt Hancock last year over ethics issues.

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