The most awkward moments from Theresa May's disastrous speech

Josh Withey@josh_withey
Wednesday 04 October 2017 11:45
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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.

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.

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.

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The coughing even made it to the BBC News subtitles:

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.

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Mrs May also tried to crack a joke using the viral 'Oh Jeremy Corbyn' chant. It didn't really land.

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.

What a nightmare.

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