Dominics Raab’s Priorities
You can find out about my local campaigns across the Esher and Walton constituency here. I am also regularly asked what national priorities I stand for. You can read my regular commentary on national debates on my blog, here. But, to give you a flavour, my top six priorities for a better Britain are:
I want lower taxes and less red tape, so Britain creates jobs and prosperity in a competitive world. You can read my 2013 report, Ease the Squeeze – Tax Cutting Priorities in an Age of Austerity here, and a column I wrote on the report here.
I want to smash monopolies, so small businesses can compete and customers have greater choice. You can read my 2013 report, Capitalism for the Little Guy, here, or a column I wrote in 2015 on the issue here.
I want more free speech and less political correctness for a healthier democracy. For example, I successfully campaigned in Parliament for the de-criminalisation of language that might be regarded as ‘insulting’ by some, but which otherwise does no tangible harm.
I want terrorists and criminals under surveillance, not all law-abiding citizens. I have argued consistently against Big Brother Surveillance and plans for a so-called Snooper’s Charter – for example, writing in the Daily Telegraph on the issue here.
I want more ladders of opportunity, so youngsters from any background can be successful. You can read my Meritocrat’s Manifesto here.
I want to strengthen your democratic voice – from a right of recall over MPs, to an EU referendum. I have written about how to strengthen British democracy here, and on the importance of repatriating powers from the EU in areas like crime and policing here. As I made clear, in the Sunday Times here, if we cannot secure a meaningful renegotiation of our relationship with the EU, I would vote for the UK to leave in a referendum.
You can download the Conservative Party Manifesto here
About Dominic Raab
Born and raised in Bucks, Dom went to Dr Challoners Grammar School in Amersham.
He studied law at Oxford and for a Masters at Cambridge, winning the Clive Parry Prize for International Law. Outside the lecture halls, Dom captained the university karate team and boxed.
Law in the City
Dom started his career as an international lawyer at Linklaters, a law firm in the City, working on project finance, international litigation and competition law. He also spent time on secondments at Liberty (the human rights NGO) and in Brussels advising on EU and WTO law.
Joining the Diplomatic Service
In 2000, Dom joined the Foreign & Commonwealth Office. He advised on a wide range of briefs, including UK investor protection, maritime issues, counter-proliferation and counter-terrorism, the UK overseas territories and the international law of outer space.
In 2003, he was posted to The Hague to head up a new team, focused on bringing war criminals – including Slobodan Milosevic, Radovan Karadzic and Charles Taylor – to justice. On return to London, he advised on the Arab-Israeli conflict, EU law and Gibraltar.
House of Commons
Dom left the FCO in 2006, and worked for three years as Chief of Staff to respective Shadow Home and Justice Secretaries, advising in the House of Commons on crime, policing, immigration, counter-terrorism, human rights and constitutional reform.
On 21 November 2009, in one of the largest ‘open primaries’ held to date, Dom was selected to represent the Conservatives in Esher and Walton. On May 6 2010, he was elected MP with 59% of the vote, increasing the Conservative majority by 13% with a turnout of 72%.
In 2011, Dom was voted ‘Newcomer of the Year’ at The Spectator’s annual Parliamentarian of the Year Awards. Since 2010, he has served on the Joint Committee on Human Rights and Education Select Committee. He has also led a range of national campaigns promoting free enterprise, liberty and human rights reform, and in 2014 Dom published The Meritocrat’s Manifesto.
In January 2009, Dom published his first book, The Assault on Liberty – What Went Wrong with Rights (Fourth Estate), criticising Labour’s approach to human rights and making the case for British Bill of Rights.
In October 2011, Dom co-authored After the Coalition, setting out a Conservative vision for Britain. In September 2012, he co-authored Britannia Unchained, setting out the key challenges the country faces to compete in a globalised economy in the twenty-first century. In 2014, he published Britain, Tomorrow – the case for free enterprise, liberty and meritocracy.
Dom writes regularly as a guest columnist for various newspapers – from the Sunday Times, Daily Telegraph and the Financial Times to The Daily Mail and The Sun on Sunday.
Dom has visited, studied and worked across Europe, the US, Latin America and Asia.
He is particularly interested in the Middle East, having Dominic with his wife Erika studied and worked in Israel and the West Bank, and travelled around Egypt and Pakistan. In 1998, Dom spent a summer at Birzeit university (near Ramallah), and worked for one of the principal Palestinian negotiators of the Oslo peace accords, assessing World Bank projects on the West Bank.
Outside work, Dom holds a black belt 3rd Dan in karate (former UK Southern Regions champion and British squad member). He still trains at his local boxing club, The Foley ABC.
Dom is married to Erika. They live in Thames Ditton, Surrey, with their two sons, Peter and Joshua.