Gaff-prone May flops at conference
UK Prime Minister Theresa May is facing a new battle for survival after her disastrous party conference speech that left MPs claiming she is on borrowed time.
Her staff confirmed that cabinet members had been calling her to offer their support after claims that her MPs are again questioning her leadership.
A source from her team said “resignation is not an issue” for May, while other MPs claim she is “one crisis from the exit”.
“May on final warning after speech shambles. Tory dismay as PM falls victim to prank, coughing fits and faulty set,” read The Times headline.
Other newspapers splashed with unwanted words like “ordeal”, “farce”, “nightmare”, “chaos”, “tragic”, “crisis”, “disaster” and “wretched” on their front pages.
A protester handed her a spoof P45 (which are given to sacked employees), then she suffered a coughing fit and the letters fell off the slogan on the stage.
“A leader’s conference speech should be an affirmation of purpose and authority,” said The Times’ editorial.
“Theresa May projected little of either in Manchester. She united the Conservatives in sympathy when what she needed was authority. She must soldier on, on borrowed time.”
May’s staff blamed a “conference cold”, 28 broadcast interviews and 19 receptions for her ailing voice.
Her party conference in Manchester was overshadowed by her foreign secretary, Boris Johnson.
The outspoken former journalist is facings more calls from his head after saying a Libyan city could become the next Dubai once the “dead bodies’ had been cleared away.
The comment at a fringe event at the Conservative conference was widely condemned with fellow Tory MPs Anna Soubry and Heidi Allen saying he should be sacked.
For the third time in two weeks, Johnson has stolen the headlines ahead of a significant moment for May. He wrote a long comment piece on Brexit ahead of her Florence speech and he grabbed the headlines just before the party conference.
Johnson was also making himself available for media comments ahead of May’s bungled conference speech while other ministers were keeping a low profile.
Pro-EU protesters outside the conference venue in Manchester. Picture credit: Eurasia Times