Gina Miller claims Dominic Raab called her a ‘silly b*tch’ in a lift3 min read
Gina Miller claims Dominic Raab was a ‘bully’ to her
Dominic Raab has been accused of calling an activist a “silly b***” and “naive” as he awaits the results of a bullying inquiry. Businesswoman Gina Miller claimed Mr Raab made the derogatory comments when the pair encountered each other in a lift back in 2016, at the height of tensions over her legal challenge to Brexit.
Speaking to Piers Morgan on TalkTV, Ms Miller also claimed Mr Raab confused her brother with comedian Nish Kumar.
In February, Ms Miller first made the allegations against the deputy PM, claiming she was “bullied and demeaned” by the politician when they encountered each other in a lift following an appearance on the Today programme. Mr Raab has rejected all claims against him.
She alleged he called her “stupid” and “naive” during the “aggressive” encounter at the BBC in 2016.
Now Ms Miller appears to have escalated the allegation, claiming Mr Raab called her a “silly b***” during their interaction.
The activist originally hit the headlines when she launched a successful legal challenge against Theresa May’s Brexit plans in 2016.
Rishi Sunak has been accused this evening of “dithering” as a probe into Mr Raab’s alleged bullying has yet to be revealed.
A lawyer-led inquiry into bullying allegations against Mr Raab was expected to be published today, but it is now understood it will be delayed.
Mr Sunak will need to decide whether Mr Raab – known to be one of his closest allies – has broken ministerial rules.
The PM received the inquiry’s findings at around 11.30am today. No 10 said it would be published “as swiftly as possible”, but it has yet to appear, prompting the opposition to accuse Mr Sunak of being unable to reach a decision.
Shadow attorney general Emily Thornberry called on Mr Sunak to “stop dithering and delaying” over Mr Raab’s fate.
She added: “If he’s a bully, he should go – and the prime minister really should be able to read the report, make up his mind, and get on with it.”
The report, led by senior lawyer Adam Tolley KC, concludes an investigation into eight claims about Mr Raab regarding his behaviour as foreign secretary, Brexit secretary and during his first stint as justice secretary.
Mr Raab, who is also justice secretary, denies bullying staff and says he always “behaved professionally”.
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He insisted he believes “heart and soul” that he is not a bully but defended his “forthright” approach to his work.
One person involved in the process described the review as “devastating”, while a senior Government official said Mr Raab was “toast”, according to the Financial Times.
The PM’s official spokesperson said: “The Prime Minister has received the report from Adam Tolley, the independent investigator. He received the findings this morning – he is considering those findings.
“He does have full confidence in the Deputy Prime Minister – that still stands. Obviously he is carefully considering the findings of the report.”
Express.co.uk has contacted Dominic Raab for comment on Ms Miller’s allegations.
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