The Tories were facing a fresh PR disaster this morning as the party's official Twitter account was moved to delete a tweet this morning congratulating Chris Grayling on his appointment as party chairman.
The tweet was reportedly only up for a matter of seconds before being removed.
There is widespread speculation that the appointment is not even confirmed. Times journalist Sam Coates wrote: "I’m told there’s “internal pushback” against Chris Grayling to CCHQ. Hence confusion and Teeet deletion [sic]."
The volte-face is yet another embarrassment for the Tories, after months of PR own goals for the party.
The disastrous election result last June was followed by a series of nightmares at the party conference, which saw Theresa May's speech overshadowed by a coughing fit and a collapsing sign.
May herself has been blighted by accusations of weakness after a series of public disagreements with Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson.
May is widely tipped to announce a major reshuffle imminently, as she bids to reassert her authority.
The latest embarrassment drew howls of derision on Twitter, with users lining up to stick the boot in.