Raab views and votes

Raab views are those of a libertarian Conservative – he believes in a small state, cutting benefits and regulations including environmental protection and worker’s rights.  In a room full of Tories, you will find him to the the right, in a corner with David Davis (his mentor) and his ERG mates.

There are a few things that everyone should know about Raab:

He has infamously said:

  • That funding the NHS properly is a “childish wishlist”
  • That foodbank users have a “cashflow problem”
  • He doesn’t believe in “economic and social rights”
  • He wants to allow companies to be able to sack people more easily
  • Feminists are “obnoxious bigots”

Against the Human Rights Act 

Dominic Raab voted against largely retaining the EU “Charter of Fundamental Rights” as part of UK law following the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union.

Dominic Raab voted in favour of repealing the Human Rights Act 1998

Voted to remove the duty on the Commission for Equality and Human Rights to work to support the development of a society where people’s ability to achieve their potential is not limited by prejudice or discrimination and there is respect for human rights.

Housing benefit reductions: 

Dominic Raab voted to keep the penalty for social tenants deemed to have excess bedrooms and against freezing energy bills.

Dominic Raab voted in favour of reducing housing benefit for those deemed to have excess bedrooms.

Keeping benefits low

Dominic Raab voted to set the rate of increase of certain benefits, payments and tax credits at 1% rather than in line with prices at 2.2% for 2014 and 2015

Benefit claiments who are sick and disabled

Dominic Raab voted for cuts in housing benefit for recipients in supported housing.

Dominic Raab voted for cuts in housing benefit for recipients in supported housing.

Dominic Raab voted against those who have been ill or disabled since their youth recieving Employment and Support Allowance on the same basis as if they had made sufficient National Insurance contributions to qualify for a contribution based allowance.

Jobs for young people 

Dominic Raab voted against a range of economic policies including raising the minimum wage, reintroducing a 10% starting rate of income tax and boosting the supply of housing.

Voted against introducing a tax on bank bonuses to guarantee a job for 100,000 young people and build 25,000 affordable homes; against making investment sooner; against reducing VAT, and against a tax break for small firms taking on extra workers.


Dominic Raab voted against reducing the amount of income a NHS foundation trust is permitted to make from private patients.

Generally voted against measures to prevent climate change

Generally voted for lower taxes on fuel for motor vehicles

Why libertarian?

He is hater or government red tape, such as important environmental protections.

Much like his mentor David Davis, he normally opposes things like state snooping and interference in personal liberties.

He believes in reform of the House of Lords – Dominic Raab voted in favour of reforming the House of Lords, introducing 15 year terms for most members and introducing an elected element.

He votes for Equal gay rights and for marriage between two people of the same sex.



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