Senior Conservatives are refusing to appear on BBC TV, says David Dimbleby

Top ministers including Boris Johnson, Philip Hammond and David Davis 

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The most senior Conservatives are refusing to appear on TV in the wake of their disappointing election results, according to the BBC.

Many top Tories – including potential leadership candidates Boris Johnson, Philip Hammond and David Davis – are not taking up offers of interviews, David Dimbleby said live on TV.

Both are usually happy to talk on TV but do not wish to appear after it became clear that their party was heading for a hung parliament, Mr Dimbleby suggested.

The silence came as a number of Tories suggested that Theresa May could have to resign after the disappointing results. Though the Conservatives are still expected to be the biggest party, she is not going to win enough seats to get the necessary majority.

If she does, Mr Johnson and Mr Davis are expected to launch leadership bids, and may be joined by home secretary Amber Rudd.