A Tory minister has been taken to task for juvenile political point scoring by an unlikely source – a senior Tory MP.

The incredible spat between two of the Tories’ most prolific tweeters broke out when Treasury Secretary Liz Truss took a cheap shot at a housing policy being considered by Labour.

Under the plan, which is revealed on the front page of today’s Guardian, landowners would no longer be allowed to inflate the price of land sold for property development:

Truss responded by trying to tar the attempt to get more council homes built as some kind of Stalinist land grab:

But Nick Boles, himself a former planning minister, was having none of it:

The pair continued to spar until Truss brought the embarrassing blue-on-blue battle to a curt conclusion:

The clash comes after Boles made clear his dissatisfaction with abject lack of policy ideas coming from the Government and his party.

The former minister and think tank director tweeted last month:

The Conservative family is not a happy one.

As for Truss’ objections to Labour’s policy, we were reminded of a policy included in the last budget by her boss, Chancellor Philip Hammond.

Hammond announced an anti-land banking policy which the Tories had described as “Mugabe-style expropriation” when Labour floated the idea.

Liz Truss will be defending this “sinister confiscation” before you know it…

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  1. Steve: surprisingly, Liz Truss’s father is a professor of mathematical logic. Sadly his daughter appears to have inherited neither his intelligence nor his personal integrity.

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