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Two Conservative party vice chairs QUIT in protest at May’s Brexit plans saying they will lead to ‘Prime Minister Corbyn’ as the first letters of no confidence land

  • Tory vice chairs Ben Bradley and Maria Caulfield both quit today in fresh blow
  • Tory MPs are publicly fighting with each on Twitter over Brexit in furious clashes
  • Brexiteer Andrea Jenkyns was slammed for praising Boris Johnson's resignation
  • Simon Hart launched expletive-ridden rant at Chris Green for quitting as an aide

By Tim Sculthorpe, Deputy Political Editor For Mailonline and Kate Ferguson, Political Correspondent For Mailonline

Published: 06:40 EDT, 10 July 2018 | Updated: 12:21 EDT, 10 July 2018

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Theresa May is facing fresh turmoil today after two of her party vice chairs quit in protest at her Brexit plans - warning they will lead to 'Prime Minister Corbyn'.

Brexiteers Ben Bradley and Maria Caulfield coordinated their resignations just a day after Boris Johnson's dramatic departure. 

Their coordinated departures - designed to  inflict maximum damage on the PM who is battling for her political survival - comes after leaked WhatsApp messages show Tory MPs turning on each other.

In one seething message, leaked just hours ago, Ms Caulfield said Brexiteers are being turned 'into the enemy' even though they have their country's 'best interests at heart'.

Meanwhile, the first letters of no confidence in Mrs May have been sent in today as the Tory party descends into open warfare over its Brexit policy.

And Tory MPs have publicly attacked each other in expletive-ridden tirades online as the party starts tearing itself apart.

The resignation of Chris Green as a ministerial bag carrier last night prompted Simon Hart to blast 'nobody gives a f***' at his party colleague.

Maria Caulfield (pictured with David Cameron) said she cannot agree with the Brexit policy the PM is putting forward
Maria Caulfield (pictured with David Cameron) said she cannot agree with the Brexit policy the PM is putting forward

Ben Bradley (pictured left)  and Maria Caulfield (pictured right with David Cameron)both handed in their resignations in letters in which they tore into her proposals for a 'third way'.

West and South Pembrokeshire MP Mr Hart also lashed out at Brexiteer Tory Andrea Jenkyns for celebrating the resignation of Boris Johnson yesterday afternoon.

He insisted 'this is not a game' at the Morley and Outwood MP - prompting Simon Hoare to pile in as well.

Mr Hoare fired off at Ms Jenkyns: 'Could someone/anyone remove Ms Jenkyn's access to Twitter? 

'We are drowning in vacuity. 

'We are dealing with the future of our country, not some mystic meg predictions.' 

Meanwhile, Brexiteer Tory MPs in the European Research Group - the backbench group of Leaver MPs - are turning on each other in their private WhatsApp group chat as they divided into two camps - those who back the PM's 'third way' deal and those who have slammed it. 

Tory MP Laurence Robertson branded those rallying around the PM 'sycophants and careerists' while Philip Davies MP accused No10 of lying about the plan.

Tory Brexiteer Andrea Jenkyns was the target of furious criticism from Conservative MPs after she praised Boris Johnson's resignation
Tory Brexiteer Andrea Jenkyns was the target of furious criticism from Conservative MPs after she praised Boris Johnson's resignation

Tory Brexiteer Andrea Jenkyns was the target of furious criticism from Conservative MPs after she praised Boris Johnson's resignation

In a seething WhatsApp message leaded to Guido Fawkes, he wrote: 'Unfortunately whatever lies (aka spin) Downing Street might want t tell, the statement issued is there for us all to see - and that makes clear that all the red lines have been breached - including even on immigration.

Brexiteer erupt in blue on blue anger in leaked WhatsApp messages 

Tory MPs in the European Research Group - the powerful collection of backbench Brexiteer Conservatives - have swapped angry messages attacking No10 and their Tory colleagues. 

Leaked to Guido Fawkes, here are some of them:

Laurence Robertson:

Tomorrow is going to be difficult. hte sycophants and careerists will rally round the PM and her position, whereas the reest of us will be fighting for the future of our country.

'Those will be the battle lines.' 

Philip Davies:

'Unfortunately whatever lies (aka spin) Downing Street might want t tell, the statement issued is there for us all to see - and that makes clear that all the red lines have been breached - including even on immigration. 

'I appreciate they think all Brexiteers are thick and they are very clever, but we are not quite as stupid as they would like to believe.' 

Andrew Bridgen  (who has put in a letter of no confidence in the PM)

'For the first time ever, I really don't want to go to Parliament on Monday.'  

'I appreciate they think all Brexiteers are thick and they are very clever, but we are not quite as stupid as they would like to believe.' 

Andrew Bridgen  MP, who has put in a letter of no confidence in the PM, wrote: 'For the first time ever, I really don't want to go to Parliament on Monday.'

The angry exchanges came as Theresa May fought to draw a line under 24 hours of extraordinary drama that saw David Davis and Boris Johnson both quit Cabinet.

The ailing PM hailed her new look Cabinet today as she staggers from two bombshell resignations in the space of 24 hours.

The Prime Minister praised the 'productive' first meeting with her reshaped team as she tries to draw a line under the shattering departures of her Brexit Secretary and Foreign Secretary in protest at her 'weak' Brexit trade plans.

Mrs May scrambled to fill the holes in Cabinet last night with a series of radical moves - shifting Jeremy Hunt to Foreign Secretary and Dominic Raab into the key Brexit Secretary role.

Matt Hancock has been promoted from the Culture department to Health Secretary as the premier digs in for an attritional battle with Eurosceptics.

Tweeting a picture of the Cabinet meeting, Mrs May said: 'Productive Cabinet meeting this morning – looking ahead to a busy week. 

'And sending our best wishes to @England for tomorrow!' 

In a boost for Mrs May, it emerged last night that the chair of the powerful Tory 1922 committee has yet to receive the 48 letters from MPs needed to trigger a no-confidence vote. 

But although she has weathered the initial shock of the resignations, furious Brexiteers have warned that a challenge could come within weeks unless she changes policy. 

Simon Hart was the first to lay into Ms Jenkyns celebration of Boris Johnson's resignation by warning the Morley and Outwood MP the Brexit chaos was 'not a game' 
Simon Hart was the first to lay into Ms Jenkyns celebration of Boris Johnson's resignation by warning the Morley and Outwood MP the Brexit chaos was 'not a game' 

Simon Hart was the first to lay into Ms Jenkyns celebration of Boris Johnson's resignation by warning the Morley and Outwood MP the Brexit chaos was 'not a game' 

The warning prompted Simon Hoare to wade into the row to demand Ms Jenkyns be stopped from tweeting because the party was 'drowning in vacuity' 
The warning prompted Simon Hoare to wade into the row to demand Ms Jenkyns be stopped from tweeting because the party was 'drowning in vacuity' 

The warning prompted Simon Hoare to wade into the row to demand Ms Jenkyns be stopped from tweeting because the party was 'drowning in vacuity' 

In a separate Twitter row last night, Mr Hart lashed out at Tory Chris Green for announcing his resignation as a ministerial bag carrier 
In a separate Twitter row last night, Mr Hart lashed out at Tory Chris Green for announcing his resignation as a ministerial bag carrier 

In a separate Twitter row last night, Mr Hart lashed out at Tory Chris Green for announcing his resignation as a ministerial bag carrier 

Tories Simon Hoare (left) and Simon Hart (right) have lashed out at Brexiteer colleagues on Twitter 

The Prime Minister (pictured at No10 today) will try to get back on the front foot after shoring up her team following the shattering departures of David Davis and Boris Johnson
The Prime Minister (pictured at No10 today) will try to get back on the front foot after shoring up her team following the shattering departures of David Davis and Boris Johnson

The Prime Minister (pictured at No10 today) will try to get back on the front foot after shoring up her team following the shattering departures of David Davis and Boris Johnson

There is also anger that politicians who campaigned for Remain in the referendum are now installed in the four Great Offices of State - with Mrs May as PM, Philip Hammond Chancellor, Jeremy Hunt Foreign Secretary, and Sajid Javid Home Secretary.

Justice Secretary David Gauke insisted the Cabinet was now fully behind Mrs May's approach on Brexit after the departures. 

'Clearly David and Boris have reached their conclusions that they couldn't support the policy. I think it is right the cabinet backs the prime minister and speaks with one voice and if people don't do that then clearly the honourable thing to do is go,' he told BBC Radio 4's Today programme. 

Theresa May tweeted a picture of her new-look Cabinet team today saying they had a 'productive' meeting
Theresa May tweeted a picture of her new-look Cabinet team today saying they had a 'productive' meeting

Theresa May tweeted a picture of her new-look Cabinet team today saying they had a 'productive' meeting

 

 

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