By Adrian Leibowitz

Amber Rudd, who stood in for Theresa May in the television debate, has scraped back in Hastings after a recount.

She had a 5000 majority but there could be a near 10% swing to Labour, which would be significant.

Exit polls predict that the Tories will drop 17 seats, leaving the party short of an overall majority.

Twitter has exploded with the prospect that the Tory politician could be one of those in danger of being ousted.

Ms Rudd was sent to represent the party in the leaders’ debate, so if she failed to hold her seat it would be a ‘Portillo moment’ similar to when the man tipped as a possible Tory leader lost his seat in 1997.

The BBCs Ross Hawkins says that Rudd’s agent says it’s too close to call.