Dominic Raab’s popularity plunges as reshuffle looms


Dominic Raab’s popularity plunges as reshuffle looms: Under-fire Foreign Secretary’s approval rating among Conservatives has plummeted, new survey shows

  • Government sources have claimed Dominic Raab would be ‘toast’ in a reshuffle
  • But his allies believe he is being lined up by other departments as the ‘fall guy’
  • Education Secretary Gavin Williamson is also tipped to be axed in a reshuffle

Dominic Raab’s approval rating has plummeted among Conservatives as rumours of a Cabinet reshuffle loom this week.

The Foreign Secretary, who has faced criticism for his handling of the Afghanistan crisis, fell from third place to 24th in a league table of Cabinet ministers – four ranks from the bottom.

The survey, by the Conservative Home website, gave Mr Raab a net satisfaction rating of just 6 per cent – down from 73 per cent last month.

The Foreign Secretary, who has faced criticism for his handling of the Afghanistan crisis, fell from third place to 24th in a league table of Cabinet ministers – four ranks from the bottom

Meanwhile Defence Secretary Ben Wallace, with whom Mr Raab has been engaged in a public war of words, climbed from ninth position to fourth.

Boris Johnson, who was fourth from bottom last month, moved up to 21st place in the 27-strong league – with a satisfaction rating of 13 per cent.

Boris Johnson, who was fourth from bottom last month, moved up to 21st place in the 27-strong league – with a satisfaction rating of 13 per cent

Boris Johnson, who was fourth from bottom last month, moved up to 21st place in the 27-strong league – with a satisfaction rating of 13 per cent

The party members’ poll is the latest blow to the beleaguered Foreign Secretary, who was on holiday when Kabul fell last month.

As the Mail revealed, Mr Raab failed to call his Afghan counterpart while on a luxury break in Crete to seek help airlifting translators out of Afghanistan.

The Foreign Secretary only returned after the capital fell to the Taliban and his handling of the crisis has sparked calls for him to quit. He has since admitted ‘with hindsight’ that he should have come back sooner.

Today the Liberal Democrats will table an early day motion in Parliament, saying that if the Prime Minister ‘is not prepared to dismiss him’ then Mr Raab’s pay should be docked.

The survey comes amid heightened speculation in Westminster that a Cabinet reshuffle could come as early as this week. 

Government sources have claimed Mr Raab would be ‘toast’ in a reshuffle but allies believe he is being lined up by other departments as the ‘fall guy’.

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson – who scored a negative approval rating in the Conservative Home poll – is also tipped to be axed.

However, International Trade Secretary Liz Truss, who topped the table, is a favourite for promotion.

Last night a government source insisted there were ‘no plans’ for Mr Johnson to reshuffle his Cabinet this week.

As the Mail revealed, Mr Raab failed to call his Afghan counterpart while on a luxury break in Crete to seek help airlifting translators out of Afghanistan

As the Mail revealed, Mr Raab failed to call his Afghan counterpart while on a luxury break in Crete to seek help airlifting translators out of Afghanistan 

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