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The Speech That Went Wrong: May Derailed by Protest and Cough

  • Prime minister handed notice to quit in middle of address
  • Then she struggles to continue through coughing fits
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May Gets Pranked, Coughs, Gets a Sweet From Hammond

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Theresa May’s disastrous year continued to get worse, as the speech intended to get her government back on track descended into chaos.

As the prime minister gave the closing address to her Conservative Party’s annual conference in Manchester, northwest England, on Wednesday, she was interrupted by a prankster handing her a P45 -- the form British people get when they leave their job. While the man was bundled out by security, May struggled to get back on track, fighting repeated coughing fits. She had said the previous day that she was shaking off a bad throat.