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Prime Minister Theresa May today spoke at the Conservative Party's annual conference in Manchester and... Well, it was a bit of a disaster.
It started off strongly enough, but then it all started to collapse, like a flan in a cupboard.
The first major issue was the appearance of the practical joker Simon Brodkin, who not only made it to the front of the room, but managed to hand a piece of paper to the leader of the country.
The paper was a P45, a document typically given to people leaving employment.
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For some reason he blamed it on the Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson on Twitter.
Hi @BorisJohnson, I gave Theresa her P45 just like you asked. https://t.co/gzW0UluDMv — SIMON HAS MOVED PAGE (@SIMON HAS MOVED PAGE)
Eventually, after what seemed like an eternity, security removed Mr Brodkin - how he got that close during the speech is worrying to say the least.
Here's the PM's P45 prankster, comedian Simon Brodkin. Says Boris Johnson made him do it. https://t.co/U0iHCvV4Fg — Kevin Schofield (@Kevin Schofield)
Then came the coughing.
Mrs May started to struggle reading her speech thanks to a particularly tickly cough.
She drank some water, but alas that didn't go too well either.
The coughing even made it to the BBC News subtitles:
Her coughs are also coming up on the BBC subtitles. https://t.co/UsoFdgR7zG — Scott Bryan (@Scott Bryan)
Fortunately, Chancellor the Exchequer Philip Hammond had a cough drop of some description, and unlike the DUP, provided his support to the Prime Minister for free.
Picture: Joe Giddens/PA
Picture: Reuters/Hannah McKay
Mrs May also tried to crack a joke using the viral 'Oh Jeremy Corbyn' chant. It didn't really land.
"No, Jeremy Corbyn!"
Theresa May puts her own spin on the Labour chant during her speech to #CPC17… https://t.co/mXLKjRImYM — BBC News (UK) (@BBC News (UK))
And finally - as if things weren't bad enough, the sign behind Mrs. May broke towards the tail end of her speech.
The Conservative party's new slogan reading:
Building a country that works or everyone.
BREAKING: the F has fallen off of the Tory slogan behind May https://t.co/RZBNjXyyyo — Matthew Champion (@Matthew Champion)
What a nightmare.
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