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Tories discuss early leadership election in wake of PM speech

Tories discuss early leadership election in wake of PM speech

Fellow Conservative politicians backed British Prime Minister Theresa May on Thursday, one day after she delivered a speech marred by interruptions from a prankster and coughing fits.

Instead, May was first interrupted by prankster Simon Brodkin, also known as Lee Nelson, who handed her a P45 - a form given to those who have been laid off in Britain.

Thursday's front pages are an excruciating read today for British prime minister Theresa May, after a disastrous speech to the Conservative party conference in Manchester.

"If ever the PM needed a metaphor for service and duty and resolution through adversity, that battling performance was it!"

Shapps also said this came from across the party, including those who wanted to leave the European Union, remain and those "somewhere in the middle" like himself.

May has struggled to reassert her authority since calling the snap election in June, only to lose the Conservatives' majority in the House of Commons.

The comedian had signed the document with the name of Boris Johnson - May's foreign secretary, once thought to have had leadership ambitions. May's de facto deputy, Damian Green, also said she would carry on.

As May neared the end of her televised speech, two letters fell off the slogan on the wall behind her - "Building a country that works for everyone".

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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"The tone I want to set is one of partnership and friendship", she said.

"Then yesterday, journalists contacted me and told me the whips are saying 'you've got the list'".

But the former party chairman, Grant Shapps, said May should call a leadership contest.

Shapps said he had the support of about 30 MPs including five former cabinet ministers and suggested some cabinet ministers privately agreed but would be reluctant to back him because they were on the "payroll".

In a bid to rally May, audience members gave her a standing ovation while she moved away from the microphone to clear her throat.

But she defined the "British dream" for most people as the prospect that "their children will do better than themselves".

She also had to contend with an intruder who broke through an intensive security screen to get close to the platform where she was delivering her speech to a crowded conference hall.

In Manchester, cabinet ministers have been lining up to condemn the Labour leader, with Johnson accusing him of "economic masochism" and joking he would like to send him into space.

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