Former Conservative business minister and Tory rebel Anna Soubry has launched a savage attack on her party leader Theresa May, saying the Prime Minister must consider her position.
Results suggest the Conservatives have had a disappointing night with the UK set for a hung parliament.
May insisted she would deliver "stability" earlier this morning, despite the results – but Soubry has blasted the Prime Minister's campaign and warned that May's position may be untenable.
Asked by the BBC whether May should stand down, Soubry said it was a matter for the PM but added: "It's bad."
"She now has to obviously consider her position," Soubry went on to say.
The former business minister who had established herself as a rebellious backbencher under May and a supporter of Single Market membership added it was "generous" to say the Conservatives had run a "dreadful" campaign.
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"All the way along [the campaign] those sorts of messaging were appalling. And then of course the change of heart on social care – I’m afraid, [was] deeply flawed," she said.
"It did not make her look like the strong and stable leader that she had said that she was. That was a very difficult and very serious blow in terms of her own credibility.
"And the way that the campaign that was being run which was about her and what she wanted to do."