Iain Duncan Smith said countries that “talk about our problems” are facing crises of their own. The comments followed Laura Kuensberg’s claim that the world was “laughing at us” following the furor over Liz Truss’ tenure. The BBC political presenter showed a clip of TV presenters around the world discussing Ms Truss’s resignation and the political crisis gripping Britain and Conservative Party.

A montage of clips showed the situation in the UK being discussed and mocked by TV presenters in the US, Germany, France and Italy, among others.

Ms Kuensberg said: “Britain is in the headlines around the world this week.

“Ian Duncan Smith, I don’t want to make this easy, but can you believe what you’ve seen at the party for the past seven days?”

A senior Tory MP admitted the Tories had “gone in on themselves and that’s always a mistake”.

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He continued, “But you should remind yourself, as Lord King said earlier, to take a step back.

“Look at what is happening in those countries that talked about our problems.

“China is hitting the buffers of their economy, their currency is under attack.

“Japan is at a 35-year low for its currency. Germany has high inflation.

“Italy and Sweden Go Populist”.