A Conservative MP who suggested benefit claimants should have vasectomies will keep his new job as a party vice chairman, according to No 10 sources.
Ben Bradley, who was promoted in Theresa May's recent reshuffle, said people on welfare should stop having children if they could not afford them, before suggesting sterilisation.
The 28-year-old Mansfield MP was writing in support of the benefits cap and suggested it would not be long "before we're drowning in a vast sea of unemployed wasters".
Mr Bradley, the Conservative vice chairman for youth, will hang on to the job after apologising for the comments.
A No 10 source said:
Asked if he would keep his job, the source replied: "Yes."
After the post on the personal blog, consbradders32, was highlighted by BuzzFeed News, it was deleted.
Mr Bradley said he had matured since posting the blog in 2012 and was sorry for the comments.
Labour, which recently suspended MP Jared O'Mara following offensive blog posts, refused to say if Mr Bradley should be sacked.
A spokesman for leader Jeremy Corbyn said: