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Out: Maria Caulfield and Ben Bradley.

Two more Conservative MPs have quit their roles in defiance against Theresa May’s lousy ‘Chequers plan’ for Brexit. Neither is a great loss but it is possible that they may have written the letters that pitch the prime minister into a battle to retain the Tory leadership.

Ben Bradley, who was the Tory vice-chair responsible for generating support from young voters, fell out of favour with the public after it was revealed he had called for unemployed people to be vasectomised, and suggested that water cannons bought (in error) by former London Mayor Boris Johnson should be used to play a game he called ‘splat the chav’. He also had to apologise to Jeremy Corbyn and make a donation to charity after falsely claiming the Labour leader had sold British secrets to Communist spies.

Maria Caulfield, now-former Tory vice-chair for women, was always a controversial appointment because she thinks women should not be allowed to make decisions about their own bodies – she supported the criminalisation of abortion.

So both were in the wrong job – but their resignations may help kick Theresa May out of hers.

We are hearing reports that Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the Tory backbench 1922 Committee, has now received the 48 letters needed to trigger a vote of ‘no confidence’ in Mrs May’s leadership of the Conservative Party.

It would be ironic if two people Mrs May put in the wrong jobs for them were responsible for ending her career as prime minister – which was, of course, the wrong job for her.

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