Angela Rayner on the spot as Raab mocks Labour bluster and mudsling

PMQs: Dominic Raab says bullying claims are 'mudslinging'

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Dominic Raab dismissed swipes from the Labour benches of the “bullying” claims levelled at him by civil servants during a heated PMQs in Parliament on Wednesday. Mr Raab hit out Labour’s Deputy leader Angela Rayner for “mudslinging” and not having a plan for government. 

Ms Rayner asked the Deputy Prime Minister: “When will they appoint a new ethics advisor and drain the swamp?”

Mr Raab replied: “The appointment of an ethics advisor is already underway.”

He then went on to accuse Ms Rayner of “mud-slinging.”

The Deputy Prime Minister added that Labour “doesn’t have a plan” and is “in hock to the unions.”


Ms Rayner told MPs that Rishi Sunak is “too weak to get a grip”

Labour’s deputy leader said: “Let me get this straight. He has had to demand an investigation into himself because the Prime Minister is too weak to get a grip.

“A Prime Minister in office less than a month with a disgraced cabinet minister resigned with his good wishes.

“The Home Secretary who breached the ministerial code and risked national security still clings on.

“And now the Prime Minister defends his deputy, whose behaviour has been described as ‘abrasive, controlling and demeaning’, with junior staff too scared to even enter his office, and that is without mentioning the flying tomatoes.

“The Deputy Prime Minister knows his behaviour is unacceptable, so what is he still doing here?”


Dominic Raab addresses accusations of bullying in Parliament

Ms Rayner told the Commons: “After days of dodging and denial, this morning the Deputy Prime Minister finally acknowledged formal complaints about his misconduct, but his letter contains no hint of admission or apology.

“This is anti-bullying week. Will he apologise?”

Mr Raab replied: “She asks about the complaints, I received notification this morning, I immediately asked the Prime Minister to set up an independent inquiry into them.

“I’m confident I behaved professionally throughout but of course, I will engage thoroughly and look forward to transparently addressing any claims that have been made.”

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The Deputy Prime Minister has said he is confident he has behaved professionally after two complaints against him.

Mr Raab told the Commons: “I will take it as an article of personal faith that we behave with absolute integrity and accountability.

“I am confident that I have behaved professionally throughout but immediately when I heard that two complaints had been made – I believe they were made yesterday.

“I was notified this morning – I immediately asked the Prime Minister to set up an independent investigation and of course, I will comply with it fully.”

Mr Raab was replying to a question from Labour MP Clive Betts as he stood in at Prime Minister’s Questions while Mr Sunak is in Bali at the G20 summit.

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