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Tory MP Ben Bradley says unemployed people should get a vasectomy

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Tory MP Ben Bradley has sparked anger after saying that unemployed should get vasectomies.

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The MP was appointed as Vice Chair of the Conservative Party by Prime Minister, Theresa May, six days ago. He was given the task of reconnecting the party with young people and driving the party's appeal amongst voters younger than 40.

Since the comments emerged this morning, the Prime Minister has been under pressure to fire him.

Bradley, a rising star in the party, was elected in Parliament in 2017 and was the first Tory since 1885 to win in Mansfield. Before being elected as MP, he was an activist and councillor in Conservatives politics.

In his comment Bradley said that Britain would be "drowning in a vast sea of unemployed wasters" if people with benefits have too many kids, and thus those out of work should limit the number of children they can have.

The comment was made on Mr Bradley’s blog "consbradders32" in January 2012, when he was aged 22. Yet, it was only revealed yesterday and has been deleted after Bradley was approached by Buzzfeed News.

The headline of the post was "Give us the benefits ‘cap’ - before we all drown!" with tagged key words including "chavs" and "wasters".

The blog post was used to support the controversial benefit cap from the Conservatives-Lib Dem coalition. His post contained the following:

"Vasectomies are free… 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!"

The Labour Party has also been outraged by the comments. Cat Smith, Labour’s Shadow Youth Affairs Minister, said: "These repulsive comments expose the Tories' disgraceful attitude to unemployed people."

Since then, the Bradley has issued an apologise by email: "I apologise for these posts. My time in politics has allowed me to mature and I now realise that this language is not appropriate."

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