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It was meant to be a unifying speech—but the prime minister struggled to make herself heard

Even aside from the coughing and P45, there was no avoiding the elephant in the room: May has lost all authority

By Tom Quinn  

Prime Minister Theresa May struggles with a cough as she speaks at the Conservative Party Conference. Photo: PA

What a difference a year makes. At the Conservative Party conference in 2016, Theresa May set out a bold vision for Brexit Britain, taking on the liberal elite and Thatcherite economic orthodoxies in equal measure. May was at the height of her powers leading a seemingly united party while facing a shambolic Labour Party led—if “led” is even the right word—by Jeremy Corbyn, who had recently survived a coup by his…

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