New Tory vice chairman Ben Bradley apologises for 2011 London riots blog post 'encouraging police brutality'

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One of the Conservative Party's new vice chairmen has apologised for a blog post he wrote during the London riots in which he appeared to support police brutality.

Ben Bradley, 28, was given the role in Theresa May's latest reshuffle but admitted his outlook had changed since the 2011 unrest thanks to marriage and fatherhood.

Mr Bradley, MP for Mansfield, reportedly wrote in a post during the riots: “We need to come down hard on these morons before somebody gets killed!

"If we have any sense as a nation we’ll stay home tonight and make it easy for the police to find the ones hanging around town centres with their faces covered. For once I think police brutality should be encouraged!”

According to The Times, the posts were written on August 9, 2011 - three days after Mark Duggan was shot by police which sparked the violence in London's streets.

A week later he is said to have added: “What incentive do the police have to forcibly drag looters out of shops, or take down the people throwing bricks at them, when they know that if the kid falls and bangs his head they could end up in prison with their whole lives destroyed.”

Ben Bradley was elected last year after standing as the Conservative candidate in Mansfield  Credit: Alan Keith Beastall / Alamy Live News
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Mr Bradley, who was appointed Tory vice-chairman for youth last week, apologised in the paper for the “inappropriate” language.

It comes less than 24 hours after Mr Bradley also publicly apologised for comments made in another blog post, when he is said to have suggested that benefits claimants should have vasectomies.