Under fire Dominic Raab has insisted he “behaved professionally at all times” despite facing allegations of bullying from multiple people.
In an interview with the BBC, the justice secretary and deputy prime minister said he would not comment on recent “anonymous reports in the media”.
In his experience, he added, such reports were “mostly incorrect”.
Dave Penman, the leader of the FDA union which represents senior civil servants, criticised Mr Raab for speaking out while the inquiry into bullying allegations against him is active.
Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Mr Penman said: “What we need is for this inquiry to conclude as quickly as possible and for the protagonist in it, who has been reminded about confidentiality, to stop giving comments to the public.”
Asked whether being “difficult” to work with should bar a politician from ministerial office, Mr Penman replied: “What you have to remember here is bullies are not good managers.”
But this comment by Nazir Afzal might chime with you if you have suffered at the hands of bullies.
“Having dealt with 1000s of bullies, I have learnt:
1. They never think of themselves as bullies
2. They make you think that it’s all your fault
3. They are always protected by others”
A lot of people said similar to the tweet below in agreement with Nazir.
Here is Gina Miller’s story about dealing with Raab.
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