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    UK news live: Dominic Raab facing fresh bullying allegations from ‘raft’ of civil servants

    Dominic Raab faces accusations he called Labor leader aw***er

    Dominic Raab is facing fresh questions over his conduct as several of his former staff are said to be preparing to file formal bullying complaints against him.

    The move is a co-ordinated effort by “a raft of senior civil servants in multiple government departments” to lodge concerns over Mr Raab’s behavior, including a number of private secretaries, BBC Newsnight reported.

    Meanwhile, the program said it had heard allegations that the cabinet minister used his personal email account for government business at two different departments, as recently as last year.

    It comes after senior lawyer Adam Tolley KC was appointed by Rishi Sunak to look into two formal complaints of bullying by the deputy prime minister.

    Downing Street has indicated Mr Tolley’s remit could extend to other allegations about Mr Raab following a series of claims relating to his time as foreign secretary and his first stint in the Ministry of Justice.

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    ICYMI: Chancellor Jeremy Hunt insists he does not back rejoining EU’s single market

    Chancellor Jeremy Hunt has insisted he does not support Britain rejoining the European Union’s single market after facing a backlash from Tory Brexiteers.

    He issued a carefully worded denial that he was the source of suggestions that the Government was considering a Swiss-style relationship with the EU.

    Conservative Eurosceptics were up in arms after the Sunday Times reported that senior Government figures were working towards regaining access to the single market.

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    Maroosha Muzaffar24 November 2022 07:30

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    Sunak appoints leading KC to investigate bullying claims against Raab

    Commercial and employment law specialist Adam Tolley KC will look into the claims made against Mr Raab after two formal complaints were submitted about his conduct.

    Downing Street has indicated Mr Tolley’s remit could extend to other allegations about Mr Raab after a series of claims related to his time as foreign secretary and his first stint in the Ministry of Justice.

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    Maroosha Muzaffar24 November 2022 07:10

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    Sunak warned Tories face existential threat over housebuilding failures

    Rishi Sunak was warned by a senior Tory that failing to build new homes is an existential threat for the Conservatives after rebels forced him to delay planning reforms.

    Former Cabinet minister Simon Clarke said the party’s vote could collapse if the Government does not help people onto the housing ladder with a building spree.

    Chancellor Jeremy Hunt acknowledged the difficulties faced by people trying to buy their first home and said planning rules often set “local communities against the national need to build more houses”.

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    Maroosha Muzaffar24 November 2022 06:50

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    ICYMI: Minister defends Rishi Sunak’s use of private GP because NHS given ‘a lot of money’

    A cabinet minister has defended Rishi Sunak’s use of a private GP promising “on the day” appointments, insisting he has shown his commitment to the NHS by giving it more cash.

    It has been revealed as NHS patients wait ever longer to see a GP – with just 41.5 per cent of appointments in September taking place on the same day, official figures show.

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    Maroosha Muzaffar24 November 2022 06:30

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    Boris Johnson compares Liz Truss’ mini budget to ‘badly played piano sketch’

    Former prime minister Boris Johnson compared Liz Truss’s mini-budget to a badly played piano. In his first comments on the mini-budget, Mr Johnson told CNN: “It’s kind of like when I play the piano. The notes individually sound perfectly OK, but they’re not in the right order, or occurring at the right time.”

    Mr Johnson also rejected suggestions he could return as prime minister. He said: “I’ve always said for about 20 years that my chances of becoming PM were about as good as my chances of becoming decapitated by a frisbee, or blinded by a champagne cork or locked in a disused fridge.

    “I then did become PM so my chances of becoming PM again I think are those impossibilia cubed or squared.”

    Maroosha Muzaffar24 November 2022 06:10

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    Raab reportedly facing fresh bullying complaints from ‘raft’ of civil servants

    Dominic Raab is facing fresh questions over his conduct as several of his former staff are said to be preparing to file formal bullying complaints against him.

    The move is a co-ordinated effort by “a raft of senior civil servants in multiple government departments” to lodge concerns over Mr Raab’s behavior, including a number of private secretaries, BBC Newsnight reported.

    Meanwhile, the program said it had heard allegations that the Cabinet minister used his personal email account for Government business at two different departments, as recently as last year.

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    Maroosha Muzaffar24 November 2022 05:50

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    ICYMI: Surge in private gifts to parties gives ‘super-donors’ growing influence on UK politics, report finds

    A surge in private donations to political parties has put a small number of super-rich individuals in a position to wield “substantial influence” over the UK’s political process, a new report has warned.

    Almost half of political donations in the UK – and 60 per cent in the run-up to the 2019 general election – now come from wealthy individuals, compared to around 40 per cent in the early 2000s, found academics from the University of Warwick’s CAGE Research. Centre.

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    Maroosha Muzaffar24 November 2022 05:30

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    ICYMI: Former Tory MP Owen Paterson claims ‘unfair’ lobbying investigation breached his human rights

    Former Conservative MP Owen Paterson has claimed that the lobbying investigation that sparked a government scandal ending with his resignation breached his human rights.

    The Brexiteer has lodged a formal complaint with the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), which formally asked the British government to respond to his allegations on Tuesday.

    Mr Paterson has complained to the Strasbourg court that his Article 8 rights under the UK Human Rights Act, relating to respecting his private and family life, had been infringed.

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    Maroosha Muzaffar24 November 2022 05:10

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    Dominic Raab faces coordinated bullying complaints from a dozen ex-staffers, report says

    Dominic Raab faces bullying complaints from around one dozen more former staffers, according to reports, as an investigation begins into claims the deputy prime minister left government workers afraid to approach him.

    Questions have also been raised over Mr Raab’s alleged use of personal email accounts for government business at two different departments including the Ministry of Justice (MoJ), which he currently leads, BBC Newsnight reported.

    Rishi Sunak has appointed a leading barrister to investigate two formal complaints made last week about Mr Raab’s conduct while running the MoJ and Foreign Office. Mr Raab denies allegations of bullying and Mr Sunak said he supports his deputy.

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    Maroosha Muzaffar24 November 2022 4:50 AM

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    Jeremy Hunt urges Britons to slash energy use to stop Putin’s ‘blackmail’

    Britain must cut energy usage by 15 per cent to defeat the Russian president, Jeremy Hunt has said.

    The UK Chancellor said: “For most people we need you to play your part in reducing our energy dependency on what Putin chooses to do in Ukraine. And that’s why we’ve got this national ambition to reduce energy consumption by 15 per cent.

    Mr Hunt said “in the end everyone is going to have to take responsibility for their energy bills” and consider how to cut their consumption.

    He urged that it was important to stop the UK being “blackmailed” by Mr Putin.

    Maroosha Muzaffar24 November 2022 4:35 AM

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