Dominic Raab’s row with Foreign Office staff caused a “blockage” during the evacuation of Afghanistan, it has been reported.
The Deputy Prime Minister’s relationship with officials, whom he viewed as “time-wasters”, had a negative impact the department’s efforts to evacuate amid the Taliban’s power-grab last year, according to the Guardian.
The Justice Secretary already faces a probe into his behaviour after two formal complaints were made against him.
Mr Raab is understood to deny the latest claims, which suggest that ahead of the final stages of the UK withdrawal some decisions were “delayed and backed up” as the then-foreign secretary allowed only a small number of senior staff to engage with him and his private office.
According to the report, he described some senior Foreign Office officials as “time wasters”.
One source told The Guardian that quick decisions were needed but “we couldn’t get him to listen to this message, let alone act on it”.
They described the “blockage” as “very costly”.
Mr Raab told the Commons on Wednesday that he was “confident” he has behaved “professionally”, with Downing Street saying that Mr Sunak still has full confidence in his deputy.
Mr Raab has been facing a series of allegations he bullied officials and deployed rude and demeaning behaviour in previous Cabinet roles.