PRESSURE is building in the Liberal Party for another tilt at removing Prime Minister Tony Abbott.
Both ministers and backbenchers have told the ABC they believe Malcolm Turnbull now has the numbers to win a challenge and should use them, though the Communications Minister is not agitating for a spill.
But other MPs are playing down the tension, saying the Prime Minister has "strong" support.
Mr Turnbull deflected questions of another potential spill on Thursday, saying only: "I'll leave you guys to speculate about all that stuff."
Mr Abbott, who was in central Queensland inspecting cyclone damage, was asked whether he had any concerns that Mr Turnbull was being urged to run against him.
"We're here to look at the cyclone damage today, OK," he replied.
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