David Evennett brands Theresa May's Conservative conference speech 'inspirational'

Oct 07, 2017, 00:28
David Evennett brands Theresa May's Conservative conference speech 'inspirational'

The i newspaper writes that coughing fits, a man handing her a P45 and a collapsing stage-set ruined May's key address.

Cabinet ministers have been rallying around the prime minister after her conference speech was overshadowed by a prankster and her persistent cough.

As he was bundled away by security, the joker said "Boris told me to do it".

"This is about saying the time has come", Shapps told Radio 4's Today programme, insisting he had spoken to dozens of MPs and former ministers about the need for May to quit immediately and save the party's electoral prospects following the surge in support for Jeremy Corbyn.

A Conservative spokesman said: "In light of the arrest during the Prime Minister's speech we are working with the police to review the accreditation process and security arrangements for party conference".

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But May has an admitted style problem - she opened her speech by apologizing for a general election campaign that was "too scripted, too presidential".

There is also anger at Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, whose recent outbursts on Brexit policy dismayed colleagues for overshadowing the Tory conference in Manchester, according to one senior Conservative official. The possibility that her departure could usher in a Brexit hardliner is worrying to businesses and investors who want a longer, smoother transition than the one advocated by a popular anti-EU wing of the party.

She says that "for 30 or 40 years we simply haven't built enough homes", and as a result the average home now costs eight times average earnings in Britain.

She also said that she wanted to help young people get on the housing ladder and pledged an extra 2 billion pounds, or $2.65 billion, toward affordable housing. She sipped water. Her finance minister, Philip Hammond, passed her a lozenge. In the video below, you can see the letter "F" fall off the slogan "Building a Country That Works for Everyone".

If more Tories follow Vaizey in speaking out in public, May's position could become untenable.

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A former interior minister, May came to power previous year after her predecessor David Cameron stepped down in the wake of the Brexit referendum in which he had campaigned for Britain to stay in the European Union.

Some fellow ministers like Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland's first minister also empathised with May's condition during the speech.

But the fiasco of her disastrous speech at this week's party conference has placed a great threat to her continued leadership.

And then later, on Twitter, with humor.

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