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  • Dominic RaabWikipedia-W.svg
  • Member of Parliament for the Surrey constituency of Esher and Walton, having first been elected in 2010.
  • A supporter of Brexit and free-market economics.
  • ERG member.

Nov.2018: “I understand why you have chosen to pursue the deal with the EU on the terms proposed... For my part I cannot support the proposed deal. I must resign.”
Jun.2018: “What we’ve got to do as a govt is show we are bigger than the sum of our parts. If we take a bit more of that approach, a bit more unity of purpose, we’ll get a great result out of Brexit.”
What they said then, and what they're saying now. Oliver Wright, The Times, Nov.16.2018.

Newly-appointed Brexit minister Dominic Raab and environment secretary Michael Gove were active supporters of the ERG before being promoted to cabinet roles ref, while international trade secretary Liam Fox has also used the ERG to gather support among MPs. Tory MP John Redwood, former environment secretary Owen Paterson and new peer Peter Lilley are also members of the ERG and notable climate science deniers. ref See also, and

Brexit minister Raab, and newly appointed health secretary Matt Hancock both are connected to the Tufton Street network through the Institute for Economic Affairs, a free-market think tank that pushes for deregulation and refuses to reveal where its funding comes from. Environmental secretary Michael Gove also has strong ties to the Tufton Street hub through his involvement with the Vote Leave campaign and think tank the New Culture Forum, while International Trade Secretary Liam Fox has been a strong supporter of Grassroot Outs, a pro-Brexit campaign group that sprung out of infighting between Vote Leave and Nigel Farage and Arron BanksLeave.EU. Grassroots Out was also supported by DUP MP and climate science denier, Sammy WilsonWikipedia-W.svg. The Conservatives and DUP signed a ‘supply and confidence’ pact to provide Theresa May’s govt with additional votes on key issues. ref

Political Timeline

Nov.2018Is Britain an Island? Raab admitted that he "hadn't quite understood the full extent" of the importance of the Dover-Calais crossing to trade. His patron David Davis is not alone in experiencing the hard bite of reality.[1]
Nov.2018Brexit Deal: Raab resigned his position as Brexit Secretary, saying he cannot back May's UK/EU deal, and that the proposed arrangement to avoid a border with Northern Ireland through a backstop arrangement is a "very real threat to the integrity of the United Kingdom".[2]
Jul.2018Brexit Secretary: Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union.
Apr.2018Sugarbabe secretary: Raab's PA told a Mirror undercover reporter that he was "difficult", "dismissive of women", "thinks he's Prime Minister" and "puts himself above everybody". She said Raab "finds it difficult dealing with women. He's very dismissive. It's something everybody's noticed". She said when Raab left London for his constituency at the start of the Easter holiday, his staff toasted his departure with a bottle of prosecco. The PA was originally hired as a 16-year-old apprentice under David Cameron.[3]
The reporter paid her to meet him as a prospective "sugardaddy"; the secretary said she aimed to earn up to £5,000 a month from rich clients. It is a huge potential security breach – Mr Raab could be in the sights of hostile forces after threatening Russia with a “wide range of sanctions” after the Novichok attack in Salisbury.[4]
Feb.2018Unpaid work: Raab advertised a position for an unpaid intern on the "W4MP" website – it was the only unpaid position advertised by a sitting MP. The next day, in response to the govt-commissioned review by Matthew Taylor, Theresa May announced a raft of labour policies aimed at tackling the debilitating effects of insecure work.[5]
Feb.2018Hard right: BuzzFeed discovered that Raab was a member of a closed Facebook group "The Ultras". The duty of members was to pressure mainstream Conservatives into selling off council housing at market value, ending free healthcare, and bringing back Workhouses for Debtors. Mr Raab said he wasn't aware of the group, and that he does not support its aims. Henry Smith MP was also shown as a member.[6]
Feb.2018Greenbelt: Raab has heavily campaigned against building on greenbelt land to combat the housing crisis. In Feb. he said: “In my view, as we strive to build more affordable housing, every effort must be made to avoid building on greenbelt, and I hope this is a shared objective across national and local govt". (?ref?)
Jan.2018Housing Minister: Minister of State for Housing at the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government.[7] He has a sensitive role dealing with swathes of London property owned by Russian oligarchs.[8]
Nov.2017Sex pests: Dominic Raab's name appeared amongst 40 other Conservatives on the Westminster "Sleaze List". He adamantly denied any wrongdoing and criticised the authors for sparking a “media feeding frenzy” in which the reputations of innocent MPs are being tarnished. Rory Stewart, another minister named on the list, said an allegation against him was "completely untrue" and "deeply hurtful".[9]
Oct.2017A protégé of David Davis, Raab refused a job in May’s initial team, but was persuaded to return to the fold in June after a year of being a very effective advocate of a successful post-Brexit Britain. Rather bizarrely, though, instead of joining Davis’s or Fox’s teams he returned to the Ministry of Justice.[8]
Jun.2017Justice Minister: Minister of State for Courts and Justice at the Ministry of Justice.[7]
Jun.2017Member of Parliament: returned as MP for Esher and Walton.
May.2017Food banks: On BBC2's "Victoria Derbyshire" show, Raab said people who use food banks were not "languishing in poverty", but typically do so because they have an occasional "cashflow problem", prompting jeers from the audience.[10]
Feb.2017Greenbelt: In the lead up to the govt's Housing White Paper, Raab was heavily involved in lobbying against any increased building on the Green Belt, which put him at odds with his new boss, Secretary of State Sajid Javid. He said "I fought very hard in 2011 and 2012 to retain existing green belt protections, and see off attempts to dilute them. I have been similarly active and engaged in relation to the new proposals which have now been set out in the govt's housing white paper. Working with like-minded MPs, we have secured the retention of existing green belt safeguards".[11]
Jan.2016Homes for Humans: Raab voted against a Labour amendment to the Housing and Planning Bill, which would have required that rented houses be "fit for human habitation". He was not alone; not one Conservative MP voted to support it.[12]
2015-2016Minister for Human Rights: Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Ministry of Justice.[7] He worked on human rights, assisting on court services and reform, as well as supporting the Secretary of State for Justice on EU Exit and international business.
May.2015Member of Parliament: returned as MP for Esher and Walton.
Aug.2012Lazy Brits: "Britannia Unchained", a book written by Dominic Raab, Priti Patel, Kwasi Kwarteng, Liz Truss and Chris Skidmore claimed that "that lazy Brits prefer a lie-in to hard work", and criticises the 'baby boomer' generation for seeking to raise taxes for young workers to pay for their lavish pension pots. "Once (Britons) enter the workplace, the British are among the worst idlers in the world. We work among the lowest hours, we retire early and our productivity is poor". This is demonstrably untrue – Britons work the longest hours in Europe,[13] retire later than people in most other European countries,[14] especially as it rises to 68, and have the fewest national holidays and the lowest statutory leave in the European Union.[15]
2011ToDo: He caused controversy when he claimed that: “Feminists are now amongst the most obnoxious bigots.”
Jan.2011Sexist bully: The Mail on Sunday printed an article alleging Raab, in 2007, had paid a female employee £20,000 in an out-of-court settlement as part of a confidentiality agreement to drop a claim of workplace bullying.[16] Raab responded by successfully suing for libel. The Mail published a full apology, and paid compensation to Raab as part of an out-of-court settlement.[17]
Aug.2010 No email: Raab was criticised for deliberately making it difficult for constituents to contact him. He had his email address removed from the publicly available House of Commons directory, "to avoid it being used by lobby groups". He threatened to report the pressure group 38 Degrees to the Information Commissioner if it did not remove his email address from a "contact your MP" list. Raab argued that lobby groups sending or co-ordinating 'clone emails' detracted from an MP's ability to correspond with constituents. 38 Degrees said that MPs are paid with taxpayers' money to represent their constituents, and the email address is in the public domain, thus it is legitimate to use it facilitate constitents getting in touch.[18]
May.2010Member of Parliament: returned as MP for Esher and Walton.
2006Worked in Parliament as Chief of Staff to Shadow Home Secretary David Davis and to Shadow Secretary of State for Justice Dominic Grieve.
2000‑2006Worked at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office on a range of issues from investor protection to war crimes policy.
??ToDo: Started his career as a business lawyer at City law firm Linklaters, working on project finance, international litigation and competition law. He also spent time on secondments at Liberty (the human rights NGO) and in Brussels advising on EU and WTO law.[7]


  1. ^ Has nobody told Dominic Raab that Britain is an island? The baffling ignorance of the Brexit secretary further erodes the idea that a successful Brexit is possible. Rafael Behr, The Guardian, Nov.08.2018.
  2. ^ Dominic Raab quits as Brexit secretary over withdrawal deal. Peter Walker, The Guardian, Nov.15.2018.
  3. ^ 'Do it on his desk? Yes': Tory minister’s diary secretary caught selling sex online reveals he thinks he’s Prime Minister. Nick Sommerlad, Lewis Panther, The Mirror, Apr.26.2018.
  4. ^ Dominic Raab's diary secretary caught selling sex online through sugar daddy website sparking security fears. Nick Sommerlad, Lewis Panther, The Mirror, Apr.26.2018.
  5. ^ Minister seeks unpaid intern as govt tackles unfair work. Jessica Elgot, The Guardian, Feb.07.2018.
  6. ^ This Tory Minister Belonged To A Private Facebook Group That Wants To Bring Back Workhouses For The Poor. Alex Spence, BuzzFeed News, Feb.15.2018.
  7. ^ a b c d Dominic Raab MP, Biography Accessed Jan.10.2018.
  8. ^ a b Iain Dale's 100 most influential people on the Right 2017. Iain Dale, Conservative Home, Oct.02.2017.
  9. ^ A Minister Named On The Westminster "Sleaze" List Says It Is Intimidating Innocent Tory MPs. Alex Spence, BuzzFeed News, Nov.01.2017.
  10. ^ Dominic Raab: food bank users have "cashflow problem periodically". Victoria Derbyshire, The Guardian, May.29.2017.
  11. ^ MP Dominic Raab says 'every effort must be made to avoid building on green belt'. Tom Smurthwaite, getSurrey, Feb.17.2017.
  12. ^ Housing and Planning Bill, Division 162. Hansard,, Jan.12.2016.
  13. ^ Britons work longer hours than anyone else in Europe. Barrie Clement, The Independent, Feb.23.2006.
  14. ^ Retirement In Specific Countries. Wikipedia. Accessed Jan.10.2018.
  15. ^ UK has least bank holidays in Europe - TUC wants three more a year. (, TUC, Apr.30.2002.
  16. ^ Dominic Raab MP v. Associated Newspapers Ltd. 5RB, Dec.15.2011.
  17. ^ Corrections and clarifications. The Mail Online, Mar.18.2012.
  18. ^ Conservative MP tried to remove email address from websites. Helen Pidd, The Guardian, Aug.09.2010.


  • Nov.30.2018: Their smirks say everything about Davis and Raab. Nominally in charge of Britain’s negotiations to leave the EU, David Davis spent about 4 hours in talks with Michel Barnier, Brussels’ chief negotiator, in the past 6 months. That’s about the same amount of time he spent at the Spectator "Parliamentarian of the Year" awards recently. He and Dominic Raab, his successor who lasted 4 months in the job, accepted the magazine’s joint prize for “best cabinet resignation” of 2018. As could have been predicted, he turned out not to know anything about anything. Raab had the advantage that his predecessor was an unimpeachably easy act to follow. But Davis and Raab have the consolation of framed certificates from The Spectator. Oliver Kamm, The Times.
  • Sept.07.2018: So long, it's been nice knowing you – I have only 19 years left to live - Thursday. One of David Davis’s more endearing qualities was that he always seemed quite comfortable with his limitations. He was seldom less than cheerful, well aware he wasn’t that bright and seemed happy to visit Brussels to meet Michel Barnier for the nice lunch rather than to make any real progress with the EU negotiations. The same cannot be said for the new Brexit secretary. Dominic Raab is a man who takes himself and his career very seriously and thinks rather more highly of himself than his colleagues do. A lethal combination for a man who was effectively demoted on the very day he was promoted, as Theresa May announced that she was taking over the Brexit negotiations, leaving Raab to do the photocopying and other donkey work. All of which has made him rather tetchy and brittle in his public engagements. Appearing before the European scrutiny select committee this week, he threw a mini-strop when the committee aimed its first questions at Olly Robbins, the prime minister’s personal EU negotiator. As a matter of protocol, Raab grumped, he should have been asked the first question. The committee apologised but observed it would rather talk to the organ grinder, not the monkey. Right at the end, Robbins and Raab were asked if they would be sending each other Christmas cards. Robbins didn’t see why not, but Raab rather thought not. John Crace, The Guardian.
  • Jul.10.2018: Dominic Raab: is he the IEA’s man in government? the new Brexit secretary has always hunted with a pack: specifically, with a controversial right-wing think tank called the Institute of Economic Affairs, and what is effectively its parliamentary wing, the Free Enterprise Group. The free-market think tank’s influence runs through a significant portion of the Conservative Party, too. In 2016, new health minister Matt Hancock was heavily criticised after accepting a £4,000 donation from the IEA’s chairman just weeks after announcing a clampdown on charities lobbying advocated by the think tank. The policy was later dropped. Dominic Raab seems particularly enamoured by the IEA. In 2009, before the Brexit minister was an MP, Raab wrote a book, The Assault on Liberty: What went wrong with rights... In 2012, as an MP, he and his colleagues wanted “to take on this ludicrous, debilitating, anti-austerity, anti-capitalist narrative put out there by the egalitarian left in this country”. They penned a book together, Britannia Unchained... Raab said, “it was the IEA which supported us in waging the war of ideas and launching that book.” Funding (tobacco)... The group also accepts funding from the USA through the American Friends of the IEA, which was set up to allow US-based corporations and individuals to donate to the IEA. The American Friends of the IEA has donated more than $500,000 since 2010 according to documents filed in the US. The IEA has also received more than half a million dollars from the US-based Templeton Foundation to conduct research in recent years. In 2014, the group received a grant of $155,000 to “seek alternatives” to “public, pay-as-you-go financed systems of pensions, disability insurance, healthcare and long-term care”, and promote privatisation of each of these areas, according to the Templeton Foundation's website. The IEA was founded in 1955 as the UK’s original neoliberal think tank, and has been described in Andrew Marr’s History of Modern Britain as "undoubtedly the most influential think tank in modern British history". The MPs who wrote Britania Unchained were all members of the “Free Enterprise Group”, a faction of Conservatives most of whom were first elected in 2010. In many ways, the Free Enterprise Group operated as the IEA’s parliamentary wing, with the two groups organising events and media briefings together, calling on the government, for example, to make it easier for bosses to sack workers and “reducing regulation and red tape” – which is usually code for abolishing basic rights at work, as well as protections for the environment and consumers. Raab’s views have been widely circulated since his appointment as new Brexit secretary yesterday. Feminists, he says, are “now among the most obnoxious bigots”. “The typical user of a food bank,” he thinks, “is not someone who’s languishing in poverty, it’s someone who has a cashflow problem episodically.” It’s important to see that these are the views of a politician who has been nurtured and promoted by a radical think tank, which refuses to reveal where it gets its money from. Adam Ramsay, Peter Geoghegan, openDemocracy.
  • Apr.08.2018: Tory housing minister Dominic Raab warns that immigration has pushed up house prices. Immigration has put up house prices by 20% over the past 25 years, and Britain’s post-Brexit border rules must take account of demand for affordable homes, the new housing minister has declared. Dominic Raab is writing to the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) urging it to consider the negative effects of new arrivals on housing demand as well as the positive economic benefits of immigration. The committee is publishing a report this autumn to inform the govt’s new immigration plans. Raab is a leading Brexiteer who has been tipped as a possible future Tory leader. Theresa May has announced a series of supply-side measures to boost housebuilding, including cracking down on councils and developers. Raab says he has been told by civil servants that immigration had a sizeable impact on house prices, citing figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) from 1991 to 2016. Raab acknowledged that immigration “has benefits” for the construction sector. Today he is announcing a crackdown on rogue estate agents. Many Brexiteers believe that if May stays until the end of 2020 — the conclusion of the Brexit implementation period — it could be Raab, rather than Michael Gove, Boris Johnson or Jacob Rees-Mogg who could carry the flag. Raab is clear that Britain should not join any Customs Union with the EU because it preclude new trade deals. "I don’t think Jeremy Corbyn is a traitor. But I do think there is a wholesale lack of moral clarity in his approach to the Soviet Union and now in relation to what he says and what he is willing to tolerate in relation to anti-semitism". (See Comments) Tim Shipman, The Times.
  • Mar.19.2016: Tyrannical EU threatens our liberal laws. Consider the toll of the EU’s unyielding paradigm on Greece. Take the European Arrest Warrant (EAW). Innocent British citizens have been subjected to Kafkaesque justice systems by a fast-track process that sidesteps basic safeguards. The last word on the fate of British citizens should lie with the UK Supreme Court, not the European Court in Luxembourg. EU pressure to share the DNA of Britons with European police, many with lower standards than our own, risks dragging more innocent people into squalid foreign jails. Then there’s the EU’s disdain for free speech. EU hate-crime legislation requires criminalising historic debates about war crimes, if someone finds it “insulting”. Continental-style privacy laws allowed Jacques Barrot to be appointed European commissioner in 2004 without disclosing a conviction for embezzlement. When this lack of transparency was revealed, the EU responded with scorn. Most recently, the new EU data protection regulation enshrines the “right to be forgotten”, a power for the rich, famous and powerful to remove online remnants of their misbehaviour, from peccadillos to crimes, that the public have a right to know about. The EU’s drive for uniformity goes to ludicrous extremes. In 2008 Janet Devers, running a stall in east London, was convicted of selling in pounds and ounces in defiance of EU rules and left with a criminal record and a £5,000 legal bill. All for the temerity of selling scotch bonnets and okra in bowls, rather than by the kilo. Will it get worse? In 2013 the commission set out its vision for a single EU justice system enforced by the Luxembourg court and replete with an EU justice minister. That’s where we’re headed. Dominic Raab, The Times.

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