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  1. Theresa May speech to Tory conference
  2. Prankster 'Lee Nelson' interrupts her
  3. PM struggles to finish as voice goes
  4. In speech she apologises for the election
  5. Unveils new council housing plans
  6. And confirms plans for energy price cap

Live Reporting

By Aiden James, Kristiina Cooper and Jackie Storer

All times stated are UK

How Theresa May's bracelet got tongues wagging

sporting a bracelet featuring images of the Mexican painter Frida Kahlo

It's fair to say there was plenty going on in the conference hall during Theresa May's speech earlier.

One thing that did not go unnoticed on social media, although it was not widely commented upon at the time amid the wider fallout from the speech, was the PM's unusual choice of accessory.

She was wearing a bracelet featuring a huge picture of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo as well as other images associated with the celebrated artist.

Kahlo, whose extraordinary life was the subject of a 2002 Hollywood biopic starring Salma Hayek, was a member of the Mexican Communist Party, and had an affair with Leon Trotsky.

Kahlo recovered from a near fatal accident aged 18 to become one of the most influential female painters of the 20th Century and a feminist icon.

A footnote, perhaps, on a remarkable day but a statement all the same?

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Singer hits out at use of music by Tories

Florence Welch performing at Glastonbury in 2015

Pop star Florence Welch has told the Conservatives to stop using her music after her version of You Got The Love was played at the party's conference in Manchester.

The lead singer of Florence And The Machine tweeted that she did not approve the use of the song and would not have permitted it if asked.

The song is a cover of a 1986 single by Candi Staton.

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Recap: Theresa May's Conservative conference speech

It's been an eventful final day at the Conservative conference...

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Watch: 'I'm not the first woman today to have a coughing fit'

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McDonnell: The Tory magical money tree returns

John McDonnell

"The Tory magical money tree returns," is shadow chancellor John McDonnell's take on Theresa May's speech.

“By the time the current leader of the Conservative Party eventually finished speaking, she had a total of £15 billion in spending commitments just in this Parliament without a single reference to how the money will be found to pay for them," he said.

Labour have arrived at that figure by adding together this week's promises of £2bn for affordable housing and £10bn for Help to Buy to the £1bn of funding for Northern Ireland that accompanied the Tories' deal with the DUP - and "£2.06bn for reversing the planned increase in Class 4 National Insurance contributions from the Budget 2017".

Watch again: PM pledges £2bn to fix 'broken housing market'

Theresa May announces an additional £2bn for affordable homes, taking the budget to £9bn.

Watch again: End 'rip-off energy prices once and for all'

The government will publish a bill next week to cap energy prices in Britain, the prime minister has announced.

Conference packs up

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Johnson praises May for 'great job' on housing

Foreign secretary tweets....

'Ministers blast shocking security breach'

The Sun

Theresa May

According to The Sun, ministers blasted the shocking security lapse which allowed a prankster to stay next to Theresa May for a full minute as he gatecrashed her party conference speech.

An urgent review into how comedian Simon Brodkin was able to get past the super-tight security and hand her a mock P45 is already underway after the incident in Manchester this morning, the paper reports.

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'Labour victory more likely if May stays on'

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Health Secretary: PM has great 'sense of duty'

The World at One

BBC Radio 4

The Health Secretary has praised the prime minister for continuing with her conference speech, despite having a really bad cough and almost losing her voice.

Jeremy Hunt, Conservative MP for Surrey South West, told the World at One that he hoped the public would now see Theresa May's "tremendous sense of duty" which she portrayed by continuing with her speech.

He added "to have a cough and cold is one thing, but to do it with the eyes of the nation on you, that was something else".

PM 'kept calm and carried on despite her dreadful cough'

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Watch: Theresa May's full speech to conference

Labour MP's comment on the birth of her nephew

Speech shows May is 'not always too scripted' - Tory MP

BBC News Channel

Commenting on Theresa May's speech, Conservative MP John Penrose says: "At least it shows that she's not always too scripted, doesn't it?"

The former minister also thinks today's experience shows "she's made of pretty tough stuff".

Farron mocks May's housing announcement

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Conversations about May staying on taking place

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MPs hopes energy price cap 'will be the PM's triumph'

BBC News Channel

John Penrose

Former minister John Penrose, who has campaigned for lower bills, says the planned energy price cap differs from that proposed by Labour's Ed Miliband in 2013.

"He was proposing a price freeze," Mr Penrose tells BBC News.

"He changed his mind and modified it later on."

The Conservative MP argues that similar proposals by Labour and the SNP show "there's a really good cross-party level of support for what I hope will be the PM's triumph".

He adds: "Short-term, you've got to have a cap to protect people who are being ripped off but in the medium-term, you've got to make sure that the market works for customers... That's something that will take a while."

A round-up of headlines about Theresa May's speech

It's one year where everyone is basically agreed on what the story is

Daily Mail:

How did prankster get on stage? Joker makes mockery of Tory conference security as he hands Theresa May her 'P45' and says: 'Boris told me to'

Daily Mirror:

Theresa May speech fallout live: Police launch security review as P45 prankster sabotages Conservative Party Conference 2017

Daily Telegraph:

Conservative Party Conference: Theresa May handed P45 in major security breach

The Sun:

PM’s pitch to woo young voters with ‘personal mission’ to ‘restore hope’ to a new generation

New York Times:

Theresa May, coughing and caught by a prankster, endures a speech to forget

Financial Times:

Mishaps mar May fightback at Tory conference


Theresa May's conference speech was a disaster.

Another unfortunate party conference moment

Neil and Glenys Kinnock
Neil and Glenys Kinnock pictured in 1983

Earlier, the BBC's Norman Smith wondered whether the images from Theresa May's speech would stick in the imagination like some other accidents to befall party leaders, such as Neil Kinnock.

In 1983, then-Labour leader Neil Kinnock was taking a walk along Brighton beach in party conference season with wife Glenys, and slipped after being taken unawares by the fast-moving tide.

Did May's speech really happen?

Chris Mason

Political Correspondent

Theresa May

It was like your worst anxiety dream, playing out for real.

Imagine it, for yourself, right now.

Imagine you were the prime minister today.

You are on stage, your back already firmly wedged against the wall of political failure, having voluntarily taken your party into a general election in which you went backwards.

You start with utter candour about it: "I am sorry."

And then, slowly, over the next 40 minutes or so, fate conspires to render every word you're uttering secondary to what everyone will remember.

These are moments steeped in choreography.

Reporting from the conference floor for Radio 5 live, I had been briefed on the entrance the prime minister would arrive via, and the one she would walk towards with her husband at the end.

The pre-speech feelgood video, complete with the type of motivational music you hear in gyms, screamed optimism and achievement.

Here is what is meant to happen next.

A party leader does their thing, the audience applauds and ovates enthusiastically; leaping regularly to their feet.

And then afterwards, glutinous praise oozes out of ministerial mouths, towering praise on the boss.

But first the heckler, then the persistent frog in her throat, and then the F off the slogan behind her tumbling to the floor.

The hall willed her to get to the end; it was impossible, standing watching, not to feel sorry for her, on a human level.

Standing ovations were lavishly delivered -- just to give Mrs May time to clear her throat.

But willing someone struggling to get to the end of a speech is different from wanting them to carry on as your leader.

Immediately afterwards, in public, her cabinet rallied to her defence; her travails a metaphor for her central theme; battling on.

But critics will turn that imagery on its head; as symbolic of someone who has run out of prime ministerial puff.

ITV political editor claimed to have found the prankster's P45

Theresa May's nightmare speech

Laura Kuenssberg

BBC political editor

Theresa May

There has never been a speech quite like it. Even before she took to the platform Theresa May was fragile - politically, and in terms of her health, she has been struggling with a cold all week.

But the awkwardness of watching her cough her way through what was meant to be a fightback was intense.

Ovations were engineered by the cabinet to give her time to try to clear her throat.

The stage manager at the conference venue was continually handing her cough sweets to try to get through.

A prankster handing her a P45, interrupting her speech, ministers looking on in horror, trying to get him to leave before he was eventually bundled away in a huge media scrum, then handcuffed and surrounded by police.

At moments it felt like it would be impossible for the prime minister to carry on with the speech, but she made it, just.

But for how long can she continue in her job?

Read more from Laura.

Miliband questions energy cap announcement

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Commons leader praises PM's 'courage and determination'

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Cable: Speech of a brave prime minister struggling on

"This was the speech of a brave prime minister struggling on, while her disloyal cabinet colleagues openly plot against her," says Liberal Democrat leader Sir Vince Cable.

"Rows over Brexit have left Theresa May only able to tinker around the edges of the great challenges the country faces, from the housing crisis to the future of the NHS.

“The conference season has shown both the Conservatives and Labour are bitterly divided, with the more moderate factions overwhelmed by their ideological extremes."

Cable hails 'brave PM' for continuing with her speech

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Tories to review conference security

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.”

Johnson: PM did a fantastic job despite the cold

Boris Johnson

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said the prime minister delivered a “brilliant speech”, adding she “had a cold but did a fantastic job of getting over a crucial message”.

Describing the end of conference address as "inspiring”, he added that the “most important thing is that she set out her vision of how to renew the British dream”.

Prime minister stocks up on cough remedies...

Police: P45 prankster had 'legitimate accreditation' for Tory conference

The prankster who handed a P45 to Theresa May during her closing conference speech had "legitimate accreditation", Greater Manchester Police Chief Superintendent John O'Hare has said.

In a statement, he commented:

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."

The cabinet's reaction at the time

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Hunt: People judge leaders by how they react in adversity

Jeremy Hunt

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said everyone will want to know how a prankster got so close to Theresa May during her end of conference speech.

"We are all going to want to know exactly how that happened," he told the BBC, following the incident which involved a man handing the PM a P45.

Quizzed about the fact the speech was marred by Mrs May's faltering voice, the prankster, and letters falling from the backdrop slogan behind her, Mr Hunt commented: "Remember what she said in her speech: People judge leaders by how they react in adversity."

The British dream - have we heard it before?

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The Spectator's Isabel Hardman writes: "Theresa May is not the first political leader to try to pitch the idea of a ‘British Dream’ when most British people aren’t even sure if it exists in our culture.

"Michael Howard spoke about it in 2004, while Ed Miliband adopted the ‘Promise of Britain’ temporarily while he was trying to find his feet as Labour leader."

CBI welcomes speech but criticises energy price cap

The CBI has some praise for the prime minister's speech, saying she has "recognised the fundamental importance of good government working in partnership with responsible business to improve lives".

Director general Carolyn Fairbairn said: “The prime minister’s praise for the risk takers, innovators and entrepreneurs and business, large and small, was refreshing and important to hear.

“But markets are not perfect and the UK’s business community recognises the power of effective state intervention."

However, while she welcomed government action on housing, Ms Fairbairn described an energy price cap as "an example of state intervention that misses the mark.

"Market-wide price caps are not the best answer."