Theresa May offers voter British dream in bid to relaunch premiership

PMs keynote speech interrupted by P45 prankster as she pledges cap on energy bills and 2bn investment in affordable housing

Theresa May said she wanted to offer voters the” British dreaming” but the most personal speech of her premiership was overshadowed by a prankster handing her a P45, an incessant cough and a stage malfunction.

The prime minister attempted to shift the focus from Brexit infighting to domestic policy on energy bills and council housing at the end of her party’s annual seminar, but from time to time struggled to deliver her terms as her voice faltered.

Accepting a glass of water and cough sweet from the chancellor, Philip Hammond, May tried to relaunch her premiership with her vision for society, repeatedly telling delegates” that’s what I’m in this for “.

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She also apologised for losing the Conservative majority in an election campaign that was ” too scripted, too presidential”, saying:” I hold my hands up for that. I take responsibility. I resulted the campaign. And I am sorry .”

May offered delegates, who kept prolonging their applause in empathy to help her voice to recover, a number of new policies as she 😛 TAGEND

Accused the energy market of penalise allegiance with higher bills and promised to introduce draft legislation next week for an energy price cap encompassing 17 million families on criterion variable “rip-off” rates. The legislation, which will be enacted if Ofgem fails to act, caused the share prices of Centrica and SSE to immediately fall.

Promised to invest an additional PS2bn in affordable housing, and get” the governmental forces back into the business of build houses” with a new generation of council homes, saying she would” dedicate my premiership to fixing this problem “. But critics said 25,000 additional homes in five years fell well short of what was needed.

Announced an independent review of the Mental Health Act by Prof Simon Wessely.