Who could replace Theresa May as Tory leader? The runners and riders - and latest odds
The knives are sharpening, and the assassins are jostling for position.
As Theresa May appears on the brink of becoming one of the shortest lived Prime Minister's in history commentators the whispers about who will replace her have started.
Here are the runners and riders:
Boris Johnson: 2/1
Looking up, is Boris Johnson.
After his failed leadership bid last year, the Brexiter-in-chief and Theresa May's foreign secretary is now top of the list of potential replacements.
He has often tipped as a potential successor to Mrs May as Tory leader and leading the party is his life-long dream.
Mr Johnson retained his seat in Uxbridge and South Ruislip, but was in a rush to get off the stage.
The Tory MP looked in a hurry to be leaving the count at Brunel University, and as soon as all the speeches were over made a dash for the exit.
He stormed into the venue simply stating that it was "early days".
In his victory speech Mr Johnson said: "It is early to comment on the events unfolding tonight in this General Election.
"But one this is absolutely clear, I think to all of us who have been elected as MPs tonight across our fantastic country, that is we have got to listen to our constituents and listen to their concerns."
He added: "I am proud to be re-elected as the member of parliament for Uxbridge and South Ruislip."
Mr Johnson said nothing else about wider results of the night and how his party was performing, but thanked all involved in the election in the borough
Philip Hammond 7/1
If Theresa May had secured her expected landslide, the Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond was rumoured to be out on his ear.
But now Mr Hammond, who has been largely invisible during the election campaign, is seen by some as the safe pair of hands the Tory party, and the country need.
Mr Hammond is said to disagree with Mrs May over several key policies and said last month that he had “occasionally sworn” at Mrs May’s team.
Aides of Mrs May and Mr Hammond also briefed against each other following the budget about-turn over National Insurance contributions.
Theresa May's election debate stand-in only narrowly retained her Hastings and Rye seat after a recount showed he had just 346 votes
The former investment banker, venture capitalist and financial journalist took the seat from Labour in 2010, and has enjoyed a rapid rise through the ranks, culminating in her taking the key role of running Britain's counter-terrorism efforts, police forces and immigration policies.
She was one of the few senior Conservatives to play a high-profile role in the campaign, standing in for Theresa May in the leadership debates.
Ms Rudd proved to be a capable replacement for the Prime Minister, who was criticised for failing to take part.
She repeatedly attempted to bring the debate back on to Brexit, as well as attacking Jeremy Corbyn for wanting a "magic money tree" to pay for his policies and suggesting he was playing Monopoly, given the level of spending in the Labour manifesto.
In recent days, as the election was overshadowed by the Manchester and London terror attacks, Ms Rudd was called on to defend the Tories' record on policing.
She rejected suggestions after the London Bridge attack that a 20,000 fall in the number of police officers had made the UK more vulnerable to terrorism.
The 53-year-old, who once worked as an "aristocracy co-ordinator" on Four Weddings And A Funeral, decided to enter politics in her 40s to get "a grip on her life".
After becoming an MP seven years ago, she served as parliamentary private secretary to then chancellor George Osborne before being promoted to junior minister at the Energy and Climate Change department in 2014, and then taking the role of Secretary of State for the department a year later.
She was handed the post of Home Secretary last July, taking over from Mrs May.
A committed Remain campaigner in the EU referendum, she raised eyebrows with the highly personalised attacks she launched on Boris Johnson during a live TV clash in which she said: "Boris is the life and soul of the party, but he is not the man you want driving you home at the end of the evening."
After David Cameron quit as PM in the wake of the Brexit vote, she came to Mrs May's aid in her short-lived but bruising leadership campaign against Andrea Leadsom for the Tory leadership by questioning Ms Leadsom's experience.
He's the original outsider. For so many years David Davis was just a backbencher banging on about Brexit before the term was invented.
But arriving at the count at his Haltemprice & Howden seat, the Brexit Secretary must have been thinking with Mrs May gone his pet project, his life's work, will need a new chief.
In a veiled criticism, he said: "This is a more disrupted election in a way, with all sorts of changes geographically in Scotland and the north of England.
"We've got more votes in the north. It just hasn't delivered any extra seats yet.
"I've listened with interest (as people) have changed the objective from getting a mandate for Brexit to getting a massively increased majority.
"Nobody said that at the beginning, I certainly didn't. I never believed the 20 point leads being bandied around.
"The simple truth is we wanted a mandate to deliver on our sort of Brexit.
"The options from the other side, on the Labour party, were 'you've got the right to leave the EU, just not in this way'.
"And so we said 'okay, this is how we want to do it, now let's seek the mandate.
"Let's see what it turns up at the end of the evening. It's rather early to make rash predictions."
The outsiders, according to Paddy Power
Sajid Javid: 12/1
Michael Gove: 14/1
Paddy Power said: “Will the Tories smother Theresa if the exit polls prove to be right? Maybe, after a particularly haphazard election campaign
“So I’m sure they’d be relieved to see a safe pair of hands on the till if Boris Johnson takes over. His wait for the top spot could soon be BoJo-ver.”