Unsourced stories in a number of newspapers over the weekend - all likely to have come from government off-the-record briefings - suggest that housing minister Esther McVey is to be sacked this week.
Both The Times and The Daily Telegraph say she is for the chop in a major government reshuffle, to be announced in the second half of the week.
McVey’s departure matters not only because she is the latest in the long-running revolving door of housing ministers, but also because she was - in name at least - overseeing the proposed reform of the house buying process and proposals to introduce mandatory qualifications for agents.
As housing minister McVey reports to Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick.
Some weeks ago the two were reported by newspapers to be in dispute over the broad direction of government housing policy.
McVey is a minister who is invited to attend Cabinet meetings but is not a formal Cabinet member, so has no vote; Jenrick is a fully-fledged Cabinet member.
Both were appointed to their positions on July 24 last year, and retained their positions after December’s General Election; McVey was the ninth housing minister in nine years.