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Pressure mounts on May as Tory vice-chairs quit

TWO Tory vice-chairs quit in opposition to Theresa May’s Brexit policy today, adding to the PM’s pile of resignations.

Ben Bradley and Maria Caulfield warned that Ms May’s plans for close links with Europe after Brexit risked handing Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn the keys to 10 Downing Street.

Their resignations came after the Prime Minister chaired the first meeting of her new Cabinet following the departure of Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Brexit Secretary David Davis.

Ms Caulfield wrote in her resignation letter that Ms May’s policy “may assuage vested interests, but the voters will find out and their representatives will be found out.”

Mr Bradley, best known for urging unemployed men to have vasectomies and defaming Jeremy Corbyn, said that the Brexit plan agreed by the Cabinet last week at Chequers would damage Britain’s opportunities to develop global trade.

“Being tied to EU regulations and the EU tying our hands when seeking to make new trade agreements will be the worst of all worlds,” wrote the Mansfield MP, who voted remain in a constituency where more than 70 per cent of voters opted to leave.

Unite national officer for health Sarah Carpenter called on new Health Secretary Matt Hancock not to offer “the same thin gruel” to the NHS as his predecessors.

She welcomed Mr Hunt’s departure from the role as “overdue” after Prime Minister Theresa May hurried to fill the gaps in her Cabinet.

Mr Hunt was promoted to Foreign Secretary and former housing minister Dominic Raab was handed the Brexit portfolio.

Labour criticised the PM for promoting Mr Hunt, who has “overseen the worst collapse in patient standards of any Health Secretary in the history of the NHS.”

Shadow health minister Justin Madders said: “His time in charge will be remembered for soaring waiting lists, huge staffing shortages, and patients left with treatments rationed and operations cancelled in record numbers.

“It is an astonishing measure of the meltdown at the heart of the Tory government that this catalogue of failure is rewarded with promotion rather than the sack.”

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