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U.K. deputy prime minister resigns over bullying allegations

Former Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab Associated Press/Photo by Alastair Grant

U.K. deputy prime minister resigns over bullying allegations

Britain’s Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab resigned Friday after he was accused of bullying staff members during a previous stint in office. An investigation found that two of the eight submitted complaints were legitimate. Raab has denied the allegations. He and Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said the investigation was flawed after reading the report, but Raab still honored his earlier promise to resign if the claims were substantiated. Oliver Dowden, a conservative and close ally of Sunak’s, was appointed Friday in Raab’s place.

What’s in the report? Attorney Adam Tolley conducted the independent inquiry. He wrote in his 48-page report that Raab had acted in an “unreasonably and persistently aggressive” manner and had a “punitive element” in his leadership style.

Dig deeper: Listen to Mary Reichard’s report on The World and Everything in It podcast about Rishi Sunak as Britain’s prime minister.

Mary Muncy

Mary Muncy is a breaking news reporter for WORLD. She graduated from World Journalism Institute and Patrick Henry College.

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