'May needed a barnstormer; instead, she limped home'

The temporary back-patting at the end of May’s speech means nothing, and the main players are already assessing the damage

5th October, 2017
Comedian Simon Brodkin hands Theresa May a P45 during her speech to the Conservative conference. Pic: Getty

'Back on track! In command! May's might on show'. These are the kind of headlines British prime minister Theresa May would have wanted yesterday and today, after her big ticket speech to her fellow Conservatives at their party conference in Manchester.

Coughing politicians would normally never make the news. But, so anxious and unsettled is the British political environment at the moment that May's concerted efforts to keep her speech on the road became the...

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