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Dominic Raab is a British politician serving as Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Secretary of State for Justice and Lord Chancellor since 2021. He has been a Member of Parliament (MP) for Esher and Walton since 2010. A member of the Conservative Party, he served as Brexit Secretary in 2018 and First Secretary of State and Foreign Secretary from 2019 to 2021.
He was elected for Esher and Walton at the 2010 general election. He served as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Civil Liberties and Human Rights from 2015 to 2016. Following Theresa May’s appointment as Prime Minister, Raab returned to the backbenches but was appointed to the second May government as Minister of State for Courts and Justice following the 2017 general election. In the 2018 cabinet reshuffle, he was moved to the post of Minister of State for Housing and Planning.
In 2018 Raab was promoted to Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union following the resignation of David Davis. However, two weeks later, Raab was deputised by May to negotiate Britain’s departure from the European Union, leaving him to oversee domestic preparations instead. Four months later, Raab resigned as Brexit Secretary in opposition to May’s draft Brexit withdrawal agreement.
Following May’s resignation in 2019, Raab ran to succeed her but was eliminated in the second ballot of Conservative MPs. Following Boris Johnson’s appointment as Prime Minister, Raab was appointed First Secretary of State and Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs. In 2020, when the Department for International Development was merged with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Raab’s post was retitled Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs. In the 2021 cabinet reshuffle, he was moved to the posts of Deputy Prime Minister, Secretary of State for Justice and Lord Chancellor.
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Dominic Rennie Raab was born on February 25, 1974 (age 48 years) in Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom. He is the son of Jean Raab, a clothes buyer, and Peter Raab, a food manager for Marks & Spencer. His father, who was Jewish, came to Britain from Czechoslovakia in 1938 aged six, following the Munich Agreement, which gave parts of Czechoslovakia to Nazi Germany. Raab was brought up in his English mother’s faith, in the Church of England. He grew up in Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire. Raab was twelve years old when his father died of cancer.
Raab attended Dr Challoner’s Grammar School, Amersham and spent a brief period as a volunteer on Kibbutz Sarid before studying law at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, where he had a room on the same corridor as future Channel 4 News presenter Cathy Newman. Raab spent his time at Oxford “doing a lot of karate” and captained the university karate team and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Jurisprudence. He then pursued further studies at Jesus College, Cambridge, where he won the Clive Parry Prize for International Law and took a Master of Laws degree.
After leaving Cambridge, Dominic Raab worked at Linklaters in London, completing his two-year training contract at the firm, and leaving shortly after qualifying as a solicitor in 2000. At Linklaters, he worked on project finance, international litigation and competition law. This included time on secondments at Liberty (the human rights NGO) and in Brussels advising on EU and WTO law.
Raab joined the Foreign Office in 2000, covering a range of briefs including leading a team at the British Embassy in The Hague, dedicated to bringing war criminals to justice. After returning to London, he advised on the Arab–Israeli conflict, the European Union and Gibraltar. He defended Tony Blair against a subpoena from former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milošević.
From 2006 to 2010, Raab worked as Chief of Staff for Shadow Home Secretary David Davis and then for Shadow Secretary of State for Justice Dominic Grieve.
Dominic Raab was elected to Parliament at the 2010 election to represent Esher and Walton, a then-safe Conservative seat in Surrey, with a total of 32,134 votes (58.9% of the vote) and a majority of 18,593 over his nearest rival.
In the House of Commons, Raab spoke in support of the coalition government’s plans to cut the budget deficit, expand academy schools, repeal the Identity Cards Act 2006, and enact a Freedom Bill. He criticised the government for opting in to the EU directive on the European Investigation Order, arguing it would strain operational policing resources and would dilute safeguards protecting British citizens from misuse of personal data and guaranteeing a fair trial.
He came to media attention in August 2010, after requesting that the pressure group 38 Degrees remove his parliamentary email address from their website, arguing that lobby groups sending or coordinating ‘clone emails’ designed to deluge MPs’ inboxes detracted from their ability to correspond with constituents and help those in real need. 38 Degrees said that the email address is paid for by taxpayers’ money and is in the public domain, thus they have every right to host it on their website and use it for campaigning.
Raab has participated in debates on giving prisoners the vote and extradition. In April 2011, he also presented an ultimately unsuccessful Ten Minute Rule Bill proposing that emergency service and transport unions should be required by law to ensure that strike votes receive 50% support of union members. Raab argued that reform was needed to prevent “militant union bosses” holding the “hard-working majority” to ransom.
On 7 March 2012, Dominic Raab opened a debate in the House of Commons on Sergei Magnitsky and Impunity for Gross Human Rights Abuses, calling on the UK government to bring forward legislative proposals that would allow it to impose visa bans and asset freezes on state officials responsible for gross human rights abuses against individuals. The motion was supported by three former Foreign Secretaries and two former Foreign Ministers and had cross-party support and was passed unanimously by MPs.
On 30 January 2014, Raab proposed an amendment to the Immigration Bill to deport all prisoners given a sentence of a year or more. It was defeated but allowed 99 members to voice that change was necessary to prevent immigrants convicted of crimes from using the ECHR as support to remain in the UK.
In the 2015 general election on 7 May, Raab retained his Esher and Walton seat with a majority of 28,000 votes over his nearest rival. On 12 May, he was appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Ministry of Justice under Michael Gove, with responsibility for human rights questions. In September 2015, in this capacity, he addressed representatives of the 46 other member states of the Council of Europe on the question of the UK’s blanket ban on prisoner voting.
Dominic Raab was elected with a reduced majority of 23,000 in the 2017 general election. In the 2019 general election, he was re-elected with a significantly reduced majority of 2,743. In February 2018, Raab advertised for an unpaid intern just ahead of a Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) publication responding to the Taylor review on insecure work. The BEIS report criticised “exploitative unpaid internships”, saying “an employer cannot avoid paying someone the minimum wage simply by call ing them an ‘intern’ or saying that they are doing an internship.” In the 2018 cabinet reshuffle, Raab was appointed Minister of State for Housing and Planning.
On 30 January 2011, The Mail on Sunday published an article alleging that Raab, in his previous role as Chief of Staff to David Davis 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. Raab responded by stating: “This is a smear and any insinuation that I have behaved improperly is false and malicious”. He subsequently sued the newspaper for libel. The Mail on Sunday’s publisher Associated Newspapers’ attempt to stop the action was denied by the High Court in December 2011.
During these proceedings, it was disclosed that the employee had taken a claim against Raab to an employment tribunal, where it was settled with a compromise agreement that included monetary compensation and a confidentiality clause for both parties. The newspaper issued an apology on 18 March 2012, stating: “We accept that our allegations were unfounded and we apologise to Mr Raab for the damage, embarrassment and offence caused”.
Westminster dossier: In late October 2017, a dossier listing allegations of a mainly sexual nature against several dozen Conservative MPs made internally by party researchers was circulated at Westminster and amongst journalists. Raab wrote on his website at the beginning of November that his entry made a false accusation of an “Injunction for inappropriate behaviour with a woman”. He commented: “I have never been served with any injunction for anything. Nor have I ever sought one”. It was “false and malicious” to make “any insinuation that I have engaged in anything resembling sexual harassment, sexually abusive behaviour or lewd remarks”. He believed the dossier itself was a “form of harassment and intimidation”. Raab said he was taking legal advice.
Impact of immigration on the housing market
In April 2018, Minister of State for Housing and Planning Raab said in an interview that immigration had “put house prices up by something like 20%” over the past 25 years. The UK Statistics Authority asked Raab to publish the evidence for his claim. A document published by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government shows that the finding was based on an out-of-date model that had never been intended for this kind of analysis. Raab defended the model and said: “I did indeed say care was needed with the data, and I was right that immigration put average prices up by 20%. We need a balanced approach.”
EU referendum campaign: Dominic Raab was an active campaigner in the 2016 EU membership referendum, advocating that Britain should leave the European Union. He said in an interview that it would be better for the British economy to leave: “We’ll be better off if we’re freed up to trade more energetically with the growth markets like Latin America and Asia. I think it will be good for job creation and also cut prices in the stores.” He also argued that there was too much waste and corruption in the EU. During the Brexit campaign, Raab repeatedly argued that there was no doubt that the UK would get a trade deal with the EU.
On 9 July 2018, following the resignation of David Davis, Dominic Raab was appointed Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union and was later deputised by Theresa May after just two weeks to oversee domestic preparations while May would be in charge of actually meeting with EU Officials.
In November 2018, Raab was criticised by Labour’s shadow Brexit minister, Jenny Chapman, after Raab said that he “hadn’t quite understood the full extent” of how much UK trade relies on the Dover-Calais crossing.
In June 2019 EU sources claimed that he had been nicknamed “The Turnip” in Brussels, a play on raap, the Dutch word for the vegetable, insinuating EU dissatisfaction with his negotiation strategy.
On 15 November 2018, Raab announced his resignation as Brexit Secretary, citing his disapproval over the Cabinet position on the draft Brexit withdrawal agreement. According to a BBC News report, Raab was concerned with “two major and fatal flaws” in the draft agreement, namely that the proposed terms “threaten the integrity of the United Kingdom” and that “they would lead to an indefinite if not permanent situation where the UK is locked into a regime with no say over the rules being applied, with no exit mechanism”, flaws which would prove “damaging for the economy but devastating for public trust in our democracy”. While subsequently describing May’s deal as worse than remaining in the EU, he voted in favour of it at the occasion of the third vote on the withdrawal agreement on 29 March 2019. He described the Irish backstop as “undemocratic and something that will have to be removed.”
Following his resignation, Dominic Raab defended the position that the UK should not pay the so-called Brexit divorce bill (amounting to around £39 billion) in the event of a no-deal Brexit. This bill reflects commitments which the UK entered into for the EU’s Multiannual Financial Framework for the years 2014–2020 and so according to some interpretations is not linked to Britain’s exit from the European Union. The House of Lords alternatively has found that the UK would not be liable for such payments.
Conservative Party leadership election: On 25 May 2019, Raab announced he was standing in the Conservative Party leadership election after Theresa May announced her resignation. In the second round of voting, on 18 June, Raab failed to obtain the required minimum number of 33 votes, winning 30 and finishing in sixth place, behind Sajid Javid. After being eliminated, he endorsed the frontrunner Boris Johnson, who subsequently won the contest.
First Secretary of State and Foreign Secretary
On 24 July 2019, Boris Johnson appointed Raab Foreign Secretary, succeeding Jeremy Hunt, and handed him the additional title First Secretary of State. On arrival at the Foreign Office, Raab said: “I’m hugely humbled to take on this role at this time and excited about the opportunities that lie ahead.”
Shortly after his appointment, during an interview with Mishal Husain, Raab argued that the 2016 Brexit referendum had given the government a mandate to leave without a deal. Following the interview, the BBC reported that the Twitter accounts of Raab, Michael Gove, and the official Vote Leave campaign made no reference to leaving the EU without a deal in the six months leading up to the Brexit vote.
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In 2019, the International Court of Justice in The Hague ruled that the United Kingdom must transfer the Chagos Archipelago to Mauritius as they were not legally separated from the latter in 1965. In its statement rejecting the ruling, the Foreign Office said: “The United Kingdom has no doubt about its sovereignty over the Chagos Archipelago, which has been under continuous British sovereignty since 1814.” The shadow foreign secretary, Lisa Nandy, in a letter to Raab said the UK position “is damaging to Britain’s reputation, undermines your credibility and moral authority”.
On 3 January 2020, the high-level Iranian General, Qasem Soleimani, was assassinated by the United States, which considerably heightened the existing tensions between the two countries. Raab backed the strike, describing the American action as self-defence. He said that his government had “always recognised the aggressive threat posed by the Iranian Quds force”.
Dominic Raab stood in for Boris Johnson at Prime Minister’s Questions on 2 October 2019, as First Secretary of State. Raab supported Boris Johnson’s decision to allow China’s Huawei to build part of the UK’s 5G network despite U.S. and Australian opposition.
On 23 March, during the coronavirus pandemic, the government confirmed that Raab, as First Secretary of State, was to deputise for Boris Johnson if he became “incapacitated” due to COVID-19. On 6 April, after Johnson was admitted to an intensive care unit due to his illness with COVID-19, Raab was asked to deputise for Johnson. In April 2020, Raab was questioned in the first two sessions of virtual Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs) by new Labour Leader Sir Keir Starmer.
In April 2020, Raab warned that the UK cannot go back to “business as usual” with China after the end of the COVID-19 pandemic. On 16 June, it was announced by the Prime Minister that Raab would absorb the responsibilities of the Secretary of State for International Development in September 2020 upon the formation of a joint department called the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office. His brief changed to Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs on 2 September, and he said that the UK would continue to spend 0.7% of its national income on foreign aid.
After the 30 June 2020 imposition by the Xi Jinping regime of the national security law in Hong Kong, Raab described the following day in the Commons what he saw as a “grave and deeply disturbing” event, dissected the affront to the Sino-British Joint Declaration in the Commons and announced a new chapter in Hong Kong–United Kingdom relations with substantial changes to the idea of British National (Overseas) permits. Raab has not ruled out boycotting the 2022 Winter Olympics over the treatment of the Uyghur Muslims by the Chinese government.
Dominic Raab welcomed the peace agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, saying he was gladdened by the suspension of Israel’s plans to annex parts of the occupied Palestinian territories in the West Bank. Raab also welcomed the normalization of relations between Israel and Sudan saying that it is “a positive step between two valued friends.”
In March 2020, Raab visited the mausoleum of the Turkish leader Mustafa Kemal Atatürk and called Turkey a “staunch ally in NATO and one of its largest contributors of military personnel.” Raab said, “The UK stands with Turkey in the fight against terrorism, and recognises the serious threat posed” by the Kurdish separatist movement PKK.
On 6 October, Raab warned that the result of the 2020 Nagorno-Karabakh conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan may be the strengthening of relations between Russia and Turkey, saying that a “battle for geopolitical stances is in progress. I believe that even though the behaviour of our Turkish partners in NATO is sometimes disappointing, we need to be very careful with the risk that Turkey is falling into Russia’s arms.”
On 10 May 2021, Raab condemned the rocket attacks on Israel and called for “immediate de-escalation on all sides” and an “end to the targeting of civilian populations”. On 15 August 2021, as the Taliban militant group once again controlled a vast majority of Afghan territory, the Taliban began capturing the capital city of Kabul. Raab was abroad on holiday when Kabul fell to the Taliban. He returned to the UK on 16 August and said the UK government was surprised by the “scale and pace” of the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan.
Dominic Raab is married to his longtime girlfriend Erika Rey, they had their wedding in the 2000s. His wife Erika Raab is a Brazilian marketing executive who until 2020 worked for Google. They have two children and live in Thames Ditton, Surrey. Raab holds a black belt, a third dan in karate. Raab, his wife Erika, and his children live in and commute from Thames Ditton, in his constituency. Since being elected he has campaigned for fairer funding for local services in Elmbridge, stronger local democracy in the running of community hospitals in Cobham, Walton and Molesey and more visible and responsive policing, and against the construction of an M25 service station at Downside.
Dominic Raab net worth
How much is Dominic Raab worth? Dominic Raab net worth is estimated at around $20 million. His salary is around $500,000 and his main source of income is from his political career. Raab successful career has earned him some luxurious lifestyles and some fancy cars. He is one of the richest and influential politicians in the United Kingdom. However, In a cabinet reshuffle on 15 September 2021, Raab was appointed Secretary of State for Justice and Lord Chancellor. He was also given the title of Deputy Prime Minister, a post unused since the Cameron–Clegg coalition.