Dominic Raab

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Dominic Raab was appointed Brexit secretary in July 2018 following the resignation of David Davis. He served just five months until he resigned in November 2018.

Raab was previously Housing Minister (from January 2018), and before that parliamentary under-secretary at the Ministry of Justice (from 2015), where he worked under Michael Gove. [1]

He has been the Conservative Party MP for Esher and Walton since the 2010 general election.[2] In the 2015 election, Raab was re-elected with a majority of 28,616. [3]

Free market think tank links

Raab has published a number of reports with the right-wing think tank, the Centre for Policy Studies, including:

February 2013: Capitalism for the Little Guy: 10 ways to extend competition and strengthen consumer clout. among the policy proposals in this paper were:

  • Phase out state-backed subsidies for renewable energy technologies;
  • Government should lift the bar on profit-making companies running academies and free schools;
  • Level the playing field between public and private sector service providers.[4]

July 2012: Unleashing the British Underdog: 10 bets on the little guy. This included an array of policy proposals, including:

  • Opening up the scheme that sponsors children from all backgrounds to go to private schools;
  • Fast-tracking 'Troops to Teachers', a scheme that encouraged more schools staffed by veterans to be set up in areas of deprivation (which, when later implemented, attracted very few applicants);
  • Teaching refugees English on arrival; and
  • Tax breaks for start-ups and micro-businesses, such as exemptions on employers’ NI contributions and cuts in business rates[5]

November 2011: Escaping the straight jacket: 10 regulatory reforms to create jobs. This proposes 'seven changes to domestic legislation and regulations, and three changes to EU agreements, which could stimulate job creation'. These included:

  • Introducing no fault dismissal for underperforming employees;
  • Requiring a majority of support from balloted members for any strike in the emergency and transport sectors;
  • Abolishing the Working Time Regulations, which transpose the EU Working Time Directive into UK law;
  • Abolishing the Agency Workers Regulations 2010 (which gives agency workers the right to the same basic employment and working conditions as full-time staff and gives effect in UK law to the EU's Temporary and Agency Workers Directive); and
  • The reform of TUPE regulations, another EU regulation that preserves employees' terms and conditions when a business is transferred to a new employer.[6]



  1. David Cameron hands junior jobs to his harshest critics in ministerial reshuffle The Telegraph, 12 May 2015, accessed 13 May 2015
  2. Dominic Raab,, accessed 5 November 2012.
  3. Esher & Walton Parliamentary constituency BBC News, accessed 21 May 2015
  4. Capitalism for the Little Guy, CPS website, Feb 2013
  5. Unleashing the British Underdog, CPS, July 2012
  6. ESCAPING THE STRAIT JACKET, CPS website, 16 November 2011