Theresa May interrupted by TV prankster Simon Brodkin during Conservative Party conference speech

The comedian, best known for his political stunts and controversial character Lee Nelson, handed the Prime Minister a P45 during her much-anticipated conference speech

Theresa May prankster

It can’t have been what Theresa May was hoping for.

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Before her Conservative Party Conference speech was even over, it was already clear that all the headlines would be about something other than her plan for the nation, Brexit negotiation ideas or even apologies for her performance in the 2017 General Election.

Instead, the whole thing would be overshadowed by a real surprise in the Manchester convention centre – the appearance of a prankster who somehow got past security to hand May a P45 (traditionally given to someone when they leave their job in the UK).

TV prankster Simon Brodkin, best known for his comic character Lee Nelson and his numerous high profile pranks, was behind the stunt, saying afterwards that he delivered the P45 on behalf of Foreign Security (and May’s potential leadership rival) Boris Johnson.

You can watch what happened in the video below.

The reaction in the hall and on social media was, as you might expect, immediate.

Brodkin confirmed he was behind the prank later on Twitter, after being led out of the hall by security and surrounded by a scrum of journalists.

Past stunts include a stage invasion of Kanye West at Glastonbury and the delivery of a “bribe” to FIFA chairman Sepp Blatter at a press conference (below).

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The Prime Minister continued with her speech, despite struggling with a cough throughout the address.