A decade ago, Dominic Raab was preparing for a possible career in frontline politics. On Tuesday, he will contact the Cabinet as a determining factor for the British Prime Minister.
The Foreign Minister has spent much of last month trying to get British people repatriated from various corners of the world in the middle coronavirus extraordinary event.
The intricacies of negotiating the closure of borders, land planes and stubborn international authorities have seen the Foreign Office come under increasing pressure to send stranded citizens home.
However, in his dual role as First Secretary of State, Raab will assume additional responsibilities as interim prime minister while his boss, Boris Johnson, cannot lead the country from the Intensive Care Unit at St Thomas’s hospital in central London.
After being appointed Foreign Minister last summer, Raab was immediately offered to deal with the Transatlantic fall over the death of British teenager Harry Dunn, who was killed when his motorcycle crashed into a car outside RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire on August 27 last year.
The fact that Dunn’s parents tried to denounce Raab at a constituency election was an indication of how well the family felt he was dealing with getting justice for their son.
Raab also had to manage a complicated problem to repatriate the children of British jihadists.
At that time, he had established himself as an uncompromising figure in politics after his election to the Esher and Walton seats in David Cameron’s Conservative victory in 2010.
She said she “may not” describe herself as a feminist, and rarely deviates from her dedication to leaving the European Union – the latest, enviable characteristic of the Conservative government elected four months ago with a mandate to “resolve Brexit”.
The former Brexit secretary’s ongoing commitment to the struggle even led him to say that he would continue to open options to suspend Parliament to prevent MPs from blocking him.
In fact, Raab had memorized his cabinet role in protest against Theresa May’s plan to leave the bloc in November 2018.
The former Foreign Office lawyer, who studied law at Oxford and for his Masters in Cambridge, was the son of a Czech-born Jewish refugee who fled the Nazis in 1938.
He grew up in Buckinghamshire and married Erika’s wife.
Raab has denied the claim, made by his former daily secretary, that he insisted on the same Pret a Manger lunch every day.
“Dom Raab special” seems to consist of Caesar chicken and smoked meat baguette, superfruit pot and volcano vitamin smoothie.
The karate black belt and father of two boys played their image as hard Brexit men during the 2019 Tory leadership race, but failed to advance to the two finals.
On Tuesday, his ambition to lead the country will – for a while, at least, and not in the circumstances he had hoped – come true.
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