Lord Sugar has taken a swipe at journalist and broadcaster Piers Morgan amid the Tory leadership race.

The Apprentice star, 75, appeared to make a dig at the GB News presenter who shared an update on the current Conservative party leadership contest. 

Morgan, 57, reported that former Prime Minister Boris Johnson had pulled out of the race on Sunday night, adding that it was "great news " since it would pave "the way for @RishiSunak to become Prime Minister."

The Amstrad founder quote tweeted Piers's update on Monday morning, criticising the post as "old news" despite it being published just after 9 pm the evening before.

Alan Sugar takes swipe at Piers Morgan amid Tory leadership race

Alan Sugar wrote in a tweet at just before 11.30 am on Monday: "Wow Ace reporter Morgan this is old news wake up. Did you hear the Titanic sank @piersmorgan".

Piers Morgan responded to Lord Sugar's tweet with a  firey comeback of his own, writing: "I tweeted that 14 hours ago. You off your meds again?"

Twitter users rushed to the comments to share their thoughts and reactions with some speculating that Sugar's reaction could be a result of a misunderstanding of Twitter's timeline feature.

One person posted with a boxing glove emoji: "Get in the ring lads @Lord_Sugar @piersmorgan."

While a second user pointed out to the business tycoon: " This was posted 14 hours ago though?"

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A third tweeter added: " Come back when you work out how Twitter timelines work, my Lord."

While a fourth person reluctantly defended the journalist: " Love a jab at Morgan as much as the next man, Shuggs, but bruv.. he tweeted this 14 hours ago."

Another user called for calm following the fiery exchange: " Now now boys keep it clean lol."

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Boris Johnson had the public backing of 59 Tory MPs which is far short of the 100 required to be included on the ballot.

His withdrawal leaves former Chancellor Rishi Sunak as the firm favourite to replace him in Number 10 Downing Street with a public banking of 150 MPs.

Meanwhile, his closest competition is Penny Mordaunt with 25 backers. 

Sir Graham Brady, the chair of the 1922 committee, and Jake Berry, Chairman of the Conservative Party, have laid out how the Tory leadership process will work.

Nominations close at 2 pm on Monday which is when we will find out who has made it onto the ballot.

If Mr Sunak is the only one to reach this threshold, he will automatically become the UK's third prime minister this year.