MAIL ON SUNDAY EXCLUSIVE: Dominic Raab REFUSED to cut holiday short to tackle Afghanistan crisis

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has been plunged into a fresh row over his holiday after sources told the Mail on Sunday that he had refused an order by No.10 to return from the Mediterranean to deal with the Afghanistan crisis.

The sources said Mr Raab had been told by a senior Downing Street official on Friday 13th August that he should return to London immediately as the situation in Kabul deteriorated, and that there had been ‘much gnashing of teeth’ when he delayed his homecoming until the early hours of Monday morning.

The claim is strongly denied by friends of Mr Raab, who insist that he was assured by Boris Johnson that he could stay with his family until the end of the weekend.

The Cabinet Minister has faced a torrent of criticism for staying on holiday as Kabul fell into the extremists’ hands, and for omitting to call the Afghan foreign minister to seek help for translators stranded in the country.

Sources said Mr Raab had been told by a senior Downing Street official on Friday 13th August that he should return to London immediately as the situation in Kabul deteriorated, and that there had been 'much gnashing of teeth' when he delayed his homecoming until the early hours of Monday morning

Sources said Mr Raab had been told by a senior Downing Street official on Friday 13th August that he should return to London immediately as the situation in Kabul deteriorated, and that there had been 'much gnashing of teeth' when he delayed his homecoming until the early hours of Monday morning

Sources said Mr Raab had been told by a senior Downing Street official on Friday 13th August that he should return to London immediately as the situation in Kabul deteriorated, and that there had been ‘much gnashing of teeth’ when he delayed his homecoming until the early hours of Monday morning

A soldier carries a civilian amid the chaos at Kabul airport in Afghanistan on Saturday, with thousands desperate to flee the country. Four women died in the crush as thousands of people try to get out of Afghanistan on evacuation flights

A soldier carries a civilian amid the chaos at Kabul airport in Afghanistan on Saturday, with thousands desperate to flee the country. Four women died in the crush as thousands of people try to get out of Afghanistan on evacuation flights

A soldier carries a civilian amid the chaos at Kabul airport in Afghanistan on Saturday, with thousands desperate to flee the country. Four women died in the crush as thousands of people try to get out of Afghanistan on evacuation flights

Desperate Afghans at the barriers at Kabul airport

Desperate Afghans at the barriers at Kabul airport

Desperate Afghans at the barriers at Kabul airport 

Hundreds of people run alongside a U.S. Air Force C-17 transport plane as it taxis down a runway of the international airport, in Kabul on Monday

Hundreds of people run alongside a U.S. Air Force C-17 transport plane as it taxis down a runway of the international airport, in Kabul on Monday

Hundreds of people run alongside a U.S. Air Force C-17 transport plane as it taxis down a runway of the international airport, in Kabul on Monday 

US soldiers stand guard behind barbed wire as Afghans sit on a roadside near the military part of the airport in Kabul yesterday

US soldiers stand guard behind barbed wire as Afghans sit on a roadside near the military part of the airport in Kabul yesterday

US soldiers stand guard behind barbed wire as Afghans sit on a roadside near the military part of the airport in Kabul yesterday

Troops are seen helping evacuations from Kabul airport earlier today

Troops are seen helping evacuations from Kabul airport earlier today

Troops are seen helping evacuations from Kabul airport earlier today 

Chaos seen at Kabul airport while hundreds desperately try and escape the country

Chaos seen at Kabul airport while hundreds desperately try and escape the country

Chaos seen at Kabul airport while hundreds desperately try and escape the country 

Soldiers help Afghans trying to flee the country since the Taliban took over

Soldiers help Afghans trying to flee the country since the Taliban took over

Soldiers help Afghans trying to flee the country since the Taliban took over 

The saga has led to sniping at Mr Raab from within his own party and calls from Labour for him to resign, although Mr Johnson has said that he ‘absolutely’ has full confidence in his Foreign Secretary.

It has, however, undoubtedly strained relations between No.10 and the FCO.

A source said: ‘There is no doubt that Raab was told to come back on that Friday. There was then a significant amount of surprise when he appeared on the Cobra on the Sunday down the line from Crete. He must have nobbled Boris and asked for permission to finish his holiday’.

Last night, Mr Raab told the Mail on Sunday that he had enjoyed a ‘wave of support’, and denied that there was pressure from within his party to resign.

Mr Raab said: ‘I’ve not heard any of my Conservative colleagues call for me to resign, but I have had a wave of support. There is no doubt that, like all countries, there is a measure of surprise at the rapidity of the Taliban takeover. 

‘But as the Foreign Secretary travelling around the world, whether I am on leave or I’m travelling for work purposes, I am always set up to be able to grip things’.

The claim against Mr Raab is strongly denied by his friends, who insist that he was assured by Boris Johnson that he could stay with his family until the end of the weekend

The claim against Mr Raab is strongly denied by his friends, who insist that he was assured by Boris Johnson that he could stay with his family until the end of the weekend

The claim against Mr Raab is strongly denied by his friends, who insist that he was assured by Boris Johnson that he could stay with his family until the end of the weekend

The Cabinet Minister has faced a torrent of criticism for staying on holiday as Kabul fell into the extremists' hands

The Cabinet Minister has faced a torrent of criticism for staying on holiday as Kabul fell into the extremists' hands

The Cabinet Minister has faced a torrent of criticism for staying on holiday as Kabul fell into the extremists’ hands

Members of the UK Armed Forces taking part in the evacuation of entitled personnel from Kabul

Members of the UK Armed Forces taking part in the evacuation of entitled personnel from Kabul

Members of the UK Armed Forces taking part in the evacuation of entitled personnel from Kabul

A close ally of Mr Raab insisted that No.10 had not ‘ordered’ him to return on the Friday.

The ally said: ‘The suggestion was that he should make plans to come back. They said that if things get worse then he needed to be ready to come back at a moment’s notice. He then talked it through with the PM and it was agreed that he would came back on Sunday’.

The ally strongly denied reports that Mr Raab had spent most of last Sunday on the beach. 

‘That is just not true. He based his family on the beach in a gazebo precisely so that he could go back and work at the hotel, while checking in on them every now and again’.

The row has led to speculation that Mr Raab will be moved in the next reshuffle, possibly replacing Robert Buckland as Justice Secretary.

Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove, who is eyeing a move to one of the great offices of state, is among those tipped to replace him.

Downing Street declined to comment.

Link hienalouca.com

Advertising:

Tips to Find Low Priced Luxury Holiday Package Deals Fast

For most families, it has already been a common practice to spend the Holiday season in a foreign location. This is caused by the aviation market changes which have given a lot of benefits for people who travel a lot. Airfares going to different tourist destinations are becoming more inexpensive. What does this mean? If there is a perfect time to purchase luxury holiday package deals, now it the right time! Based on the market trend nowadays, you can save both money and time when you go for a luxury holiday. There are countless offers that combine travel and accommodation in one package which is a lot cheaper than getting separate deals. Aside from that, it is also risky to individually book the services that you need for the vacation. You might end up missing out on some important details of the trip. Unlike when you take advantage of luxury holiday package deals, you can be sure that everything is organized meticulously and according to what you really need. Nonetheless, you would still need to carefully select the package that would fit your needs. Review the following tips in getting packages that are reasonably priced. · Normally, luxury tour packages include accommodation, flight travel and transportation to individual tourist destinations. It would be best to choose the complete package so you won’t have to worry about other vacation elements. In addition to that, these are the packages that have the biggest discounts. · You can get big mark down prices, if you will purchase more packages. It is not a bad idea to share the wonderful moment with your loved ones. By doing so, you would not only enjoy, you will also save more money. You can even use your savings for other activities on your vacation. · It would be best to know how much you are willing to pay for the luxury tour packages. You can already work around your budget. You have to stick to your budget. If not, you might end up spending a lot and you will be left with less money for your vacation. · Prices may vary depending on the destination of the tour. You can do a research about places that are attractive yet inexpensive. There are thousands of destinations and you just have to choose wisely. · There are packages that include recreational activities. This means that you are paying for all the activities when you purchase these packages. The right thing to do is to make sure that the activities that are included would be the ones that you really enjoy. There is no sense in paying for activities that will not really make your vacation memorable. If you are going with friends, you should also consider their preferences so that you can be sure that everyone will enjoy the trip. There are other ways on how you can be sure that you are getting the best deal for your luxury holiday vacation. No matter how you choose to do it, you have to get adequate information about the packages. This will help you determine whether it is worth the price.

(Total views: 87 Time, 1 visits per day)

Leave a Reply