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CBI chief Tony Danker steps aside amid misconduct allegations

Tony Danker (left) with Prime Minister Rishi Sunak (PA Wire)
Tony Danker (left) with Prime Minister Rishi Sunak (PA Wire)

The boss of the Confederation of British Industry has been asked to step aside after complaints about his conduct.

Tony Danker is reportedly facing multiple accusations about his behaviour in the workplace.

The CBI said it has launched an independent investigation into the allegations and Mr Danker has been asked to step aside from his role as Director-General.

The business lobbying organisation said in a statement that it was "made aware of an allegation" regarding the workplace conduct of Mr Danker in January, but determined that "the issue did not require escalation to a disciplinary process".

On March 2, new reports about his behaviour were received by the body and an investigation launched.

He was asked to step aside while the probe takes place.

The statement added: "The CBI takes all matters of workplace conduct extremely seriously but it is important to stress that until this investigation is complete, any new allegations remain unproven and it would be inappropriate to comment further at this stage."

The Guardian reported that the formal complaint involves a woman employed by the CBI who has claimed Mr Danker made unwanted contact with her and she considered it to be sexual harassment.

It is understood that several additional allegations about his behaviour towards members of staff have also been raised.

Joanna Chatterton, head of the employment law at Fox Williams, has been hired to lead the investigation.

Matthew Fell, the CBI’s chief UK policy director, has replaced Mr Danker while the probe is underway.