Nervous Conservatives are distancing themselves from Theresa May and her campaign as the prospect of a hung parliament looms over Britain.
Tories openly questioned her faltering strategy, predicted another election would be needed and failed to back her leadership.
It came after the general election exit poll indicated Ms May has squandered a parliamentary majority, shed seats and paved the way for a resurgent Labour under Jeremy Corbyn.
Early results appeared to play to the exit poll, with Conservatives failing to take key target seats like Darlington and Wrexham.
As they trickled in, International Trade Secretary Liam Fox sidestepped questions about whether Ms May would be forced to resign if the Tories failed to win a majority.
Pressed on whether Ms May is irrevocably damaged, he told BBC News: “Well it’s very early in the evening and I think we have to wait and see.
“I’ve sat through these programmes before where we’ve been told that …