Dominic Raab to stand down as MP at coming election

Former deputy high minister Dominic Raab will stand down as an MP at the coming election.

His decision, first reported in The Telegraph, comes a month after he abnegated as a minister when a bullying inquiry set up he’d acted in an” bogarting” way towards officers.

The paper quotes Mr Raab as saying he’s concerned about” the pressure the job has placed on my youthful family”.

Mr Raab and his spouse have two sons, aged 10 and eight.

Since getting an MP in 2010, Mr Raab has served in numerous clerical places.

In 2018 also- high minister Theresa May appointed him as Brexit clerk, a job he quit lower than six months latterly.

Boris Johnson picked him to be his foreign clerk and first clerk of state- the ultimate part meant he was left in charge of running the country when Mr Johnson was hospitalised with Covid in April 2020.

Mr Raab has also been a close supporter of Rishi Sunak, supporting him in last summer’s Conservative leadership race.

Mr Sunak awarded his fidelity when he came high minister, making Mr Raab both his justice clerk and deputy high minister.

Mr Raab verified to BBC News that he’d not seekre-election as the MP for Esher and Walton, which he has represented since 2010 and won with a maturity of 2,743 votes in 2019.

In a letter from Mr Raab to his constituency, seen by the Telegraph, the MP said it had been a” huge honour to represent the rightists since 2010 in this awful constituency”.

His departure from Parliament means the rightists will have to find a new seeker for the Surrey constituency which is a crucial election target for the Liberal Egalitarians.

Mr Raab joins a growing number of elderly rightists deciding not to stand in the coming general election, anticipated in 2024.

Former ministers including Sajid Javid and George Eustice have also blazoned their intention to leave the House of Commons.

Mr Raab was at the centre of months of enterprise when bullying allegations from civil retainers led to an inquiry into the MP’s conduct.

The report- conducted by elderly counsel Adam Tolley KC- concluded Mr Raab had engaged in an” abuse or abuse of power” as foreign clerk.

The findings urged Mr Raab to step down, but in his abdication letter he noted that the inquiry” dismissed all but two of the claims levelled against me”.

He also said the inquiry was” defective and sets a dangerous precedent” and would” encourage spurious complaints against ministers, and have a nipping effect on those driving change on behalf of your government- and eventually the British people”.

Responding to his decision to quit as an MP, fellow Conservative Angela Richardson twittered” His ingredients will miss his fidelity. I’m happy for his youthful family however. This job is tough enough on family life as a simple backbencher, let alone being in Cabinet.”