A Foreign Office minister has criticised the BBC for continuing to refer to Islamic State rather than Daesh, joking he should write to Points Of View.

Tobias Ellwood told MPs he is "puzzled" why the corporation allows presenters - who he claimed ranges from the Today programme's John Humphrys to Countryfile's John Craven - to use the term in relation to the terror group.

Prime Minister David Cameron bemoaned the BBC's use of Islamic State earlier this year although he initially warned against the Government using the Arabic acronym of Daesh before later switching in December 2015.

Speaking in the Commons, Conservative Rehman Chishti (Gillingham and Rainham) told Mr Ellwood: "Given that so many are now using the proper name for the terrorist organisation Daesh to defeat its ideology, propaganda and appeal, is it not unfortunate that the BBC still refuses to do so?"

Mr Ellwood congratulated Mr Chishti for his long-running campaign on the issue, adding: "I'm puzzled why from John Humphrys to John Craven they continue at the BBC to use the term Islamic State.

"There's nothing Islamic and there's nothing state about it.

"I don't know what more we need to do, perhaps write to Points Of View."

A BBC spokesman said: "No-one listening to our reporting could be in any doubt what kind of organisation this is.

"The BBC uses additional descriptions to help make it clear we are referring to the group as they refer to themselves, such as 'so-called Islamic State' or 'Islamic State group'."