Theresa May's 'British Dream' turns into a nightmare

Theresa May's keynote speech to her party and the nation became a nightmare as she was handed a P45 by a prankster then lost her voice.

The Prime Minister struggled over the finish line, repeatedly stopping to clear her throat and having to be handed a lozenge by the Chancellor. Delegates gave her several lengthy standing ovations to allow her to recover.

By the end of the speech, her message was literally collapsing around her as letters spelling out the Conservative slogan of 'Building a country that works for everyone' began dropping off the scenery behind her.

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The comedian Simon Brodkin, known by his stage name Lee Nelson, was arrested by Manchester Police for breach of the peace after being ushered from the hall to shouts of 'out, out' from delegates. The Prime Minister's official spokesman confirmed that an investigation had been launched into the potentially serious breach of security.

Mrs May's appeal to "renew the British dream" was largely lost in the chaotic delivery, but the Prime Minister unveiled two policy announcements designed to show the Conservatives are responding to concerns about generational and economic inequality.

Draft legislation to cap all standard variable energy tariffs will be published within the next two weeks. And the government will increase the budget for social housing in England by £2 billion, with Scotland expected to receive a windfall through the Barnett formula.