May appoints new Brexit secretary who once called feminists ‘obnoxious bigots’ — RT UK News

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Theresa May has appointed Dominic Raab as the new Brexit secretary, whom she once had to slap down for claiming that feminists were “amongst the most obnoxious bigots,” following David Davis’ shock resignation on Sunday night.

The prime minister wasted no time in replacing the outgoing secretary of state for exiting the European Union, but who exactly is Dominic Raab? RT takes a look at the new Brexit secretary’s background – and various controversies he’s been embroiled in.


Raab, 44, grew up in leafy Buckinghamshire, attending his local grammar school, Dr Challoners in Amersham. He then embarked on a career in law with City firm Linklaters, which is currently ranked the 10th largest law company in the world, with revenue exceeding £1.3 billion (US$1.7 billion).

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Britain's Secretary of State for Departing the EU David Davis © Leon Neal

In 2000, he went on to work for the foreign and commonwealth office as a diplomat, before transferring to work as chief of staff for two shadow Tory ministers in 2006 for three years, most notably for David Davis. In 2010, he became Conservative MP for Esher and Walton in Surrey.

After stints as justice minister under David Cameron and housing minister under the Tory leadership of Theresa May, Raab now has the somewhat unenviable job of picking up the UK Brexit negotiating baton from Davis, with a little under eight months till Britain is scheduled to officially leave the EU – with a ‘no deal’ becoming an ever more realistic prospect.

Raab is a fervent pro-Brexit Tory minister, an advocate of free-market economics who comes from the right of the Conservative party. He is seen by many within his party as a rising star who has the potential to be a future leader.

The Controversies

Called feminists “obnoxious bigots”
Tory MPs and supporters will be hoping that the PM and Raab will be able to form a positive working relationship, putting behind them their clash from 2011, when May was forced to slap down the new Brexit Minister for labeling feminists “obnoxious bigots.”

During May’s time as minister for women and equalities, Raab wrote an article for Politics Home in which he claimed that men were getting a “raw deal” in the workplace, telling the Tory-led coalition government they had to make maternity leave “transferable” between men and women if it wanted to tackle “anti-male discrimination.”

He then expressed frustration at the commonly-held view that women were being discriminated against in the workplace, claiming that “Feminists are now amongst the most obnoxious bigots.” May condemned Raab’s comments, telling him that they were “not the way forward” to tackle sexism in the workplace.

He also claimed the typical Foodbank user is “not in poverty,” just has “cashflow problems”

During the run up to the 2017 general election, Raab took part in a live TV debate with the public on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show. After being questioned by a studio guest on why British citizens were having to resort to using foodbanks, Raab insisted that “the typical user of a foodbank is not someone who is languishing in poverty, it is someone who is having a cashflow problem,” to the dismay of many audience members.

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