Who is Dominic Raab, the new Brexit Secretary?

Who is Dominic Raab, the new Brexit Secretary?

Monday, July 9, 2018

Dominic Raab was appointed the new Brexit Secretary today following the resignation of David Davis.

Formerly the Minister for Housing and Planning, Raab is the current MP for the constituency Esher and Walton, in Surrey, where he resides with his wife in the town of Thames Ditton.

He started his career as a lawyer after studying law at Oxford University before acquiring a Masters at Cambridge directly after.

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His political career began when he joined the Foreign Office in 2000, and was involved in a range of briefs including leading a team in The Hague at the British Embassy. He was part of the team aiming to bring war criminals to justice.

Raab then advised on the Arab-Israeli Conflict, the European Union, and Gibraltar, before being hired by David Davis in 2006.

 

 

Watch David Davis discussing his resignation with Julia Hartley-Brewer above

Raab worked as his chief of staff while he served as shadow Home Secretary, until he was elected to Parliament in 2010.

He won his first seat in the 2010 General Election after winning a majority of 58.9% in his constituency.

In 2011, Raab brought a libel case against the Mail on Sunday after it published an article accusing him of paying off a former female employee over workplace bullying.

He received an out-of-court settlement and the newspaper issued an apology, stating: "We accept that our allegations were unfounded and we apologise to Mr Raab for the damage, embarrassment and offence caused."

He butted heads with the Prime Minister when she was the Minister for Women and Equality after he labelled feminists 'obnoxious bigots', over a row about maternity and paternity leave.

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Theresa May rebuked his comments in the Houses of Parliament telling him his comments were "not the way forward" if he wanted to tackle sexism in the workplace.

During the 2016 EU referendum he campaigned on the Leave campaign alongside David Davis, Michael Gove and Boris Johnson.

In June this year, Raab spoke about Brexit to The House magazine, stating: "What we've got to do as a government and as a parliamentary party and indeed as a country, is show that 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. We'll also unite the country."

On 12 June 2017, he became the Minister of State for Courts and Justice underneath Theresa May after the general election, before taking up the mantle of Minister for Housing and Planning in January this year.

Raab will now be leading day-to-day Brexit negotiations with the EU's Michel Barnier ahead of the UK's exit from the bloc.

According to his website, he also holds a black belt in Karate.

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