Growing number of Tories back change of leadership, claims Shapps

Theresa May's speech overshadowed by a persistent cough and a prankster

A prankster who has previously targeted US President Donald Trump and former Federation Internationale de Football Association president Sepp Blatter interrupted British Prime Minister Theresa May's keynote speech at her annual conference on Wednesday.

"I don't think it's just a question of whether this was Theresa May's last stand but actually it is quite clear that it was the Conservative Party Government's last stand when they did not address at this conference the key issues that are facing us today".

She also apologized for the general election earlier this year, in which the Conservative Party lost its parliamentary majority.

He said he had previously informed No 10 that a growing number of Tory MPs were keen to have a leadership election.

But the former party chairman, Grant Shapps, said Ms May's leadership should now be challenged.

In an attempt to reboot her leadership, she apologized for the election fiasco in a speech to the Tory party conference on Wednesday.

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.

Some simply offered their "full support" and said they were "100%" backing the PM.

But they added there were "probably many more" than the 30 disaffected MPs allegedly held on a list by Mr Shapps, warning: "I think the party is in a terrible hole".

"Brodkin told her, "[British Foreign Secretary] Boris [Johnson] told me to give you this".

The prime minister then experienced a coughing attack, remedied by a throat lozenge offered her by Treasury Chancellor Philip Hammond.

But the Prime Minister, who did a round of several dozen radio and TV interviews yesterday before attending party receptions, had a bad cough and struggled through much of the rest of her hour-long speech, her voice weakening noticeably towards the end.

But she is under growing pressure over negotiations in Brussels, while the increasing popularity of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn poses a threat. "The solution is not to bury heads in the sand", he said.

Business Minister Margot James said Mr Shapps does not enjoy wide support in the party after he resigned as chairman following allegations of bullying in the Tories' youth wing.

Even before the conference, May was facing a not-so-veiled threat to her leadership from the ambitious Boris Johnson using the Brexit card.

Also in the speech was a pledge that the Prime Minister would make housing her personal "mission" in office, and that the Government would put 2bn into affordable homes which councils and housing associations could bid for.

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