The former education secretary has mistakenly leaked a screenshot of an email chain titled "GE2019 team thoughts" to his Instagram page, just hours after a senior minister denied plans for an early general election.
Damian Hinds' Instagram story - which has since been deleted - displayed an image showing the former minister had been corresponding with others including local Tory volunteer Debbie Curnow-Ford.
The email's subject line "GE2019" - a common abbreviation for general election 2019 - will fuel speculation that the government is planning for an early poll.
It came after Cabinet minister Amber Rudd claimed she was "certainly not planning" for a general election, despite speculation that the government is.
The work and pensions secretary said: "We have an obligation as a government and every member of Parliament has to try to get on and govern.
"We only had a general election in 2017, I think we should be getting on with what they expect us to do, which is improving the quality of lives of British people."
All of which have been branded as Tory electioneering by commentators and the Opposition.
However last week the PM said: "The people of the UK voted in the election 2015, they had a referendum in 2015, and another election in 2017.
"They want us to deliver what they asked for - and that is for us to leave the EU.
"The last thing I want to do is call another election."