Tory co-chairs Ben Bradley and Maria Caulfield quit
Ben Bradley and Maria Caulfield have resigned their positions as vice chairs of the Conservative Party over the Chequers agreement.
Ben Bradley, who shot to fame after falsely accusing Jeremy Corbyn of spying for Russia, and then being forced to put up a grovelling tweet apologising, first became known when it was revealed he had called for the unemployed to have vasectomies. He was the Conservative Party vice chair for youth.
Maria Caulfield was similarly infamous for attempting to lower abortion time limits, a move widely criticised by women’s rights organisations. She was the Conservative vice chair for women.
Both focused on the spectre of ‘Prime Minister Corbyn’, and warned that dissatisfaction with the deal would lead to a Labour victory at a future election.
As Henry Zeffman of the Times pointed out on Twitter, this is a remarkable reversal of opinion from Bradley, who only days earlier had tweeted this:
Whilst everyone gets very excited about Chequers tomorrow, truth is PM has been consistent with her #Brexit wishlist from day one - control of money, borders and laws. We should support her, get behind her and deliver precisely those things!— Ben Bradley MP (@bbradleymp) July 5, 2018