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U.K. leader Theresa May's slogan literally fell apart during her 'disastrous' speech

U.K. leader Theresa May's slogan literally fell apart during her 'disastrous' speech

10/04/2017

By Victor Reklaitis, MarketWatch

She was also handed a pink slip by a prankster and endured a coughing fit

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May was hoping to rally the troops behind her with a speech at the Conservative Party's conference.

But Wednesday's speech didn't end up going that well, thanks to three distracting moments.

-- Handed a pink slip: Comedian Simon Brodkin interrupted her to give her a P45, a British form associated with leaving a job. May managed to draw laughs by quipping that she was "just about to talk about someone I'd like to give a P45 to and that's Jeremy Corbyn," referring to the Labour Party leader that some pundits expect could be the next prime minister. But the successful prank also raised security concerns, a Telegraph report (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/10/04/boris-wanted-give-stage-invader-hands-may-p45-form/) noted.

(https://twitter.com/simonbrodkin/status/915538904211709952)

-- Coughing fit: Following that interruption, May suffered a coughing fit and was perceived as "struggling to get words out (https://twitter.com/janemerrick23/status/915535627436818434)." Again, she managed a joke as Treasury chief Philip Hammond handed her a throat lozenge, saying the audience should note that he was "giving something away for free." Yet this incident helped the speech seem like "a metaphor for a premiership that is struggling and running out of things to say," as a Guardian report (https://www.theguardian.com/politics/blog/live/2017/oct/04/conservative-conference-2017-theresa-may-to-announce-council-house-building-programme-politics-live?CMP=share_btn_tw&page=with:block-59d4cb89e4b06733cbfa0c76#block-59d4cb89e4b06733cbfa0c76) put it.

-- Her slogan literally fell apart: Letters began to fall off the slogan that was behind May on stage. It read "Building a country that works for everyone," but then some characters started to make a break for it:

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