Theresa May conference speech: 'The only thing she had over Jeremy Corbyn was a reputation for competence, and she's lost that'

Theresa May speech: 'Only Tory gain over Labour and Jeremy Corbyn was competence and they've lost that', says commentator

Dan Hodges spoke to Julia about the impact the Prime Minister's troubled speech will have

Thursday, October 5, 2017

A leading commentator has said Theresa May's disastrous Party Conference speech erased the Conservatives' only advantage over Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party.

The Prime Minister suffered a series of setbacks in her speech at the event in Manchester. 

She coughed repeatedly, a letter fell off the slogan on the wall behind the lecturn, and a man jumped onto the stage to hand May a P45, which he said came from Boris Johnson.

Dan Hodges, a commentator for the Mail on Sunday, said the speech would have wiped out a carefully cultivated party image - the Tories' only remaining trump card against a Labour election victory.

He told Julia Hartley-Brewer: "The one thing they have in contrast to Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party is the issue of competence.

"These are the people who are supposed to be the grownups in the room while Jeremy Corbyn and his party wander around in their cultish way, trying to live out their socialist fantasy.

“That requires a basic level of political management, there is still a basic bar of competence that you have to pass as a political leader and party. 

"The reality is the Tories and Theresa May failed to pass that."

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