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    Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May delivers her speech on the final day of the Conservative Party annual conference at the Manchester Central Convention Centre in Manchester, northwest England

    Theresa May's 'Car Crash' Conference Speech Gets Savage Mauling on Social Media

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    UK Prime Minister Theresa May sought to relaunch her beleaguered premiership with a keynote speech at the Conservative Party conference on Wednesday. Although she unveiled several new policies, they were overshadowed by a series of mishaps which ensured her speech was widely discussed on social networks.

    Behind May, a slogan "building a country that works for everyone," literally fell apart during the speech when two letters fell down. Losing her voice, the Prime Minister also suffered an uncontrollable coughing fit.

    ​The disaster was topped off by a prankster who handed May her P45, a tax form which employees in the UK receive when they are fired or resign from their employment. 

    ​On Twitter, May tried to make light of the disastrous performance, but many commentators agreed that that the speech was a fiasco. 

    ​​May's speech was so cringe-inducing that some observers felt sorry for the Prime Minister. Others were pitiless, bearing in mind her attacks on her opponent, Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn.

    ​​The speech itself was May's most personal public address, in which she talked about her decision to go into politics and lifelong service to the Conservative Party. In her speech to the faithful, she apologized for the decision to hold a general election in June, which cost the party its parliamentary majority. 

    ​​She offered several new policies, including pledges to build more houses, cap energy bills and review student university fees and loans.

    ​A freeze on energy prices was previously pledged by former Labour Party leader Ed Miliband in 2013, but fiercely criticized by Conservatives. Then-leader David Cameron told Miliband, "You want to live in some sort of Marxist universe where you control these things but you need a basic lesson in economics."

    ​​However, given the negative reception to the speech, it is questionable whether May will remain in office long enough to keep her promises.


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