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Comedian hands Theresa May a P45 during her Tory conference speech
The man was named as Simon Brodkin.

THERESA MAY’S SPEECH at the Conservative Party conference was interrupted today by a prankster who attempted to hand her a P45.

During a speech that was also beset with issues – including May coughing, and parts of the Tory slogan falling off behind the Prime Minister – May was approached by a man who tried to hand her the P45.

The document was shared afterwards on Twitter:

Chants of “out, out, out” were heard as the man was escorted from the building, followed by a standing ovation for May.

“I was about to talk about someone I’d like to give a P45 to, and that’s Jeremy Corbyn,” said May when she began to speak again.

In interviews afterwards, the man, named as comedian Simon Brodkin, said it was a P45 for May “from Boris”.

Brodkin has previously taken part in other pranks, including throwing money at Fifa’s Sepp Blatter and appearing on stage with Kanye West.

A media scrum around Brodkin took place as he was removed from the conference.

Some Tory MPs raised concerns about how close he was able to get to the British Prime Minister:

Chief Superintendent of Greater Manchester Police, John O’Hare said: “Earlier today a man was detained by conference security during the Prime Minister’s speech.

“Officers attended and the man was arrested to prevent a breach of the peace and was released a short time later.

“The man had legitimate accreditation which granted him access to the conference site.

“In light of this we will be reviewing the accreditation process with the Conservative Party.

“Even with accreditation, everyone at the conference goes through airport-style searches before being allowed entry to the site.”

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