As the election results come in, it appears even the biggest political names aren’t safe from punishment at the ballot box.
The serving Tory Home Secretary, who famously stood in for absentee PM Theresa May during a shambolic BBC election debate, may lose her seat in Hastings and Rye.
[mad world plays softly in the background as nick clegg loses his seat]
— fedya dolokhov (@cdotgrey) June 9, 2017
A recount is underway in the south coast constituency. Asked by journalists, Rudd gave little away, saying she was hopeful but not complacent.
“I’m not going to engage much until we are a little clearer where it is. I’m just quietly waiting and keeping an eye on everybody and everything in the normal way,” she said.
The former deputy PM and Liberal Democrat leader has been buffeted by his decision to go into coalitions with the Tories in 2010 and his subsequent abandonment of pledges on student fees.
His Sheffield Hallam seat was taken by Labour candidate Jared O’Mara.
The former Scottish first minister and current Scottish National Party (SNP) foreign affairs spokesman could be beaten by the Tories.
Moray replaced Angus Robertson with a Tory. That is absolutely boggin’ politics. #GE2017
— Angry Salmond (@AngrySalmond) June 9, 2017
The nearest challenger for his Gordon constituency is Tory Colin Clark on a night when the nationalist grip on Scotland appears to have been loosened.
Another SNP powerhouse, Robertson is famed for his articulate interventions as the party’s Westminster spokesman on issues like Yemen and Trident.
Nick Clegg and Angus Robertson. Huge names. Amber Rudd looks like following. Alex Salmond? We shall see. #GE2017
— Andy Maciver (@akmaciver) June 9, 2017
He lost his Moray seat to Tory Highlands and Islands MSP Douglas Ross on a bad night for the party only two years after their shock surge north of the border.
The Ipswich Tory seen as a rising star, who was a major contributor to the Tory manifesto, has been ejected from his seat by Labour. He was predicted to take over as Brexit Secretary in a Theresa May government.
Ben Gummer, rising Conservative star who helped write Forward, Together, goes backwards, alone. Loses Ipswich seat
— Paul Kelso (@pkelso) June 9, 2017
Speaking to the press, Hummer said “these things happen in politics.”