Tory youth tsar Ben Bradley messes up again with anti-Corbyn tweet
The Tory vice chair could be stripped of his Parliamentary Beard of the Year title.
As the Conservatives seek to capitalise on the ongoing reports of Jeremy Corbyn's alleged links to Soviet bloc spies, one over-zealous Tory MP has taken it too far.
The party’s vice chair and supposed youth tsar Ben Bradley suffered his latest schoolboy error when he was forced to delete a dodgy tweet.
The rising (albeit ever-more slowly) star got excited by all the cold war stories and issued a jibe alleging that Corbyn was in cahoots with communist spies.
Shortly after lunch on on Monday, Bradley thought it a good idea to tweet: "Corbyn sold British secrets to communist spies ... get some perspective mate!! Your priorities are a bit awry."
That was quickly followed by a legal threat from the Labour leadership team and a then swift deletion of the offending tweet. "Jeremy instructed solicitors to contact Ben Bradley to delete his libellous tweet or face legal action," the leader’s spokesman said.
Alas it is not the first time that Bradley, who was only elected last June, has landed in hot water since his promotion in Theresa May's last reshuffle.
He was condemned last month after comments he made in a 2012 blogpost emerged in which he suggested unemployed men should have vasectomies.
In the post unearthed by Buzzfeed, Bradley wrote: "Families who have never worked a day in their lives having 4 or 5 kids and the rest of us having 1 or 2 means it’s not long before we’re drowning in a vast sea of unemployed wasters that we pay to keep! Iain Duncan Smith’s cap proposal is spot on!"
It then emerged that Bradley had also said he wanted police to use water canon to play "splat the chav" during the London riots.
The MP for Mansfield later said: "I apologise for these posts. My time in politics has allowed me to mature and I now realise that this language is not appropriate."
The Conservative party is yet to take any action against Bradley, but as a result of the latest incident the Beard Liberation Front has said that it will decide at the weekend whether to withdraw the Parliamentary Beard of the Year title from Bradley. The body had "hoped that injudicious social media comments were in the past", said a spokesman.