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Dominic Raab

Dominic Rennie Raab is a British politician serving as First Secretary of State and Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs since July 2019.

A member of the Conservative Party, he has also been the Member of Parliament for Esher and Walton since 2010.

  • Full name: Dominic Rennie Raab
  • Profession: British politician
  • Born: 25 February 1974 (age 46 years), Buckinghamshire
  • Full name: Dominic Rennie Raab
  • Spouse: Erika Raab
  • Previous offices: Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union (2018–2018), MORE
  • Education: Lady Margaret Hall, Jesus College, University of Cambridge
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About Dominic Raab

Dominic Raab was born on 25 February 1974 in Buckinghamshire, England. He is the son of Peter and Jean Raab.

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.

His father became a food manager for Marks & Spencer and his mother was a clothes buyer.

Raab grew up in Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire. He was brought up in his English mother’s faith, in the Church of England. Raab was 12 years old when his father died of cancer.

Raab attended Dr Challoner’s Grammar School, Amersham before studying law at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Jurisprudence.

Raab captained the university karate team and shared accommodation facilities with future Channel 4 News presenter Cathy Newman.

He then pursued further studies at Jesus College, Cambridge, where he won the Clive Parry Prize for International Law, and took a Master’s degree (LLM).

Career

After leaving Cambridge, Raab worked at Linklaters in London, completing his two-year training contract at the firm and then 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.

He spent the summer of 1998 at Birzeit University near Ramallah, the PNA’s capital in the West Bank, where he worked for one of the principal PLO negotiators of the Oslo peace accords, assessing World Bank projects on the West Bank.

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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, he worked in Parliament as Chief of Staff to Shadow Home Secretary David Davis and to Shadow Secretary of State for Justice Dominic Grieve.

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Raab was appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Ministry of Justice on 12 May 2015.

When Prime Minister Theresa May appointed her first government a year later, he returned to the backbenches. Following the 2017 general election, he was appointed Minister of State for Courts and Justice.

When the government was reshuffled in January 2018, Raab moved to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

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In July 2018, May promoted Raab to his first Cabinet role, becoming the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union following the resignation of David Davis.

Raab resigned as Brexit Secretary four months later, in opposition to the Draft Withdrawal Agreement which he had been involved in negotiating with the EU.

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After May announced her resignation in May 2019, Raab ran to succeed her in the Conservative Party leadership election.

He was eliminated in the second ballot of Conservative MPs and endorsed Boris Johnson, who went on to win.

On 24 July 2019, Johnson appointed Raab Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and First Secretary of State, making Raab de facto Deputy Prime Minister to Johnson.