Economic Secretary Chloe Smith faced a difficult round of interviews as she attempted to explain the decision to scrap a planned fuel duty increase on BBC's Newsnight.
Conservative MP Nadine Dorries has blamed the Chancellor George Osborne for what is being regarded as a very poor performance by the junior minister.
I was at a dinner last night so didn't see Newsnight, however, if Osborne sent Chloe on re scrapping 3p he is a coward as well as arrogant.From @NadineDorriesMP on Twitter:
Newsnight last night would have been a tough gig for a Minister with years of experience - Chloe is a good egg and didn't deserve that.From @NadineDorriesMP on Twitter:
The submarine Chancellor sacrifices another Minister whilst he slips under the surface...again.From @NadineDorriesMP on Twitter:
Asked whether Ms Dorries would be disciplined for her attack on Mr Osborne, a source close to the Prime Minister said: "Nadine is Nadine, isn't she? What can you do?"