BBC presenter Victoria Derbyshire has apologised after using the C-word when trying to pronounce the surname of Tory leadership hopeful Jeremy Hunt.

The Bolton broadcaster made the error during an exchange on her weekday news and current affairs programme during a debate over who should be the next Tory leader.

Addressing Tory MP Steve Brine, she said: "You say the man you are backing, Jeremy C*** ... I'm so sorry, Jeremy Hunt.

"I've never said that before in my life. It's normally men who say that so I really, really want to apologise."

The BBC's subtitle service managed to avoid further embarrassment by substituting the word with "EXPLETIVE".

She later clarified her comments on Twitter, saying: "PS apologies again and I meant it’s been mostly men on air, male broadcasters, who have ended up getting his name wrong, am *not* saying men generally go around saying the word!!

"That’s what was in my head - appreciate it didn’t come out like that. Sorry again."

It is not the first time a BBC presenter has been embarrassed by the Foreign Secretary's name.

James Naughtie made the error when Mr Hunt was culture secretary, while Justin Webb tripped up when the minister was health and social care secretary.

Mr Hunt, launching his leadership campaign, referenced the blunder as he was asked whether he was a "continuity Theresa May".

He said: "Anyone who knows what my last name rhymes with will know I've been called a whole lot worse on the Today programme, on the BBC and I will be quite different to any of the prime ministers I have served."