Theresa May dances on stage at Tory conference before plea for divided Tory party to unite behind her Brexit plan

The PM poked fun at her 'Maybot' image as she got her groove on to Abba's Dancing Queen before appealing to the party to get behind her.

And in a blast at Boris Johnson, Mrs May warned that anyone obsessed with getting "the perfect Brexit" risk leaving us tied to the EU forever.

She also took a pop at the top Brexiteer over his "f**k business" jibe – vowing to "back business" instead.

In her speech in Birmingham, the PM gave a spirited defence of her Chequers plan which has divided MPs and activists.

She said: “We will not betray the result of the referendum, and we will never break up our country.

“I have treated the EU with nothing but respect. The UK expects the same.”

The PM added that her plan would respect the referendum while minimising the economic dangers.

She said: “It delivers on the referendum. It keeps fair with the British people. It is in the national interest.”

Hitting out at hard Brexiteers such as Boris Johnson, the PM added: "Those of us who do respect the result, whichever side of the question we stood on two years ago, need to come together now.

"If we don't – if we all go off in different directions in pursuit of our own visions of the perfect Brexit – we risk ending up with no Brexit at all."

In a second dig at Boris – who has overshadowed the conference by making his own alternative leadership pitch – Mrs May said Tories shouldn't be saying "f**k business" as he did earlier this year.

She said: "To all business – large and small – you may have heard that there is a four-letter word to describe what we Conservatives want to do to you.

"It has a single syllable. It is of Anglo Saxon derivation. It ends in the letter K. Back business!"

She delivered a love letter to Britain, listing the country's achievements and adding: "Don't let anyone tell you we don't have what it takes."


Mrs May also launched a blistering attack on Jeremy Corbyn – warning that Tories have a “duty” to keep him out of power.

The PM said the Labour boss was making Jewish Brits feel unsafe in their own country and claimed the party has lost its moral backbone.

Mrs May said: “The Jeremy Corbyn party rejects the common values that once bridged our political divide.”

She added: "What has befallen Labour is a national tragedy."

She went on: "What has it come to when Jewish families today seriously discuss where they should go if Jeremy Corby becomes Prime Minister?

"That is what Jeremy Corbyn has done to the Labour party. It is our duty, in this Conservative party, to make sure he can never do it to our country."

The crucial address is a last-ditch bid to unite her bitterly divided party and see off threats to her leadership from Boris.

Starting her speech, the PM said: “You do have to excuse me if I do cough during the speech. I’ve been up all night super-gluing the backdrop.”

But in a heartfelt message to supporter, Mrs May added: “There are some things about last year’s conference that I have tried to forget.

“But I will always remember the warmth I felt from everyone in this hall. Thank you.”

The PM has been filmed dancing on several occasions in the past few months, but has been mercilessly made fun of for her awkward style and cringey moves.

She admitted a Strictly invite is unlikely after a toe-curling dance display on a visit to an African school.

Talking about the trip in her speech, Mrs May said: "I was speaking to some inspiring young people full of fire and hope for their futures.

“Some of them told me they wanted to be doctors, others lawyers… “

And with a shake of her shoulders she joked: “Some might even have been inspired to become professional dancers.”

But the PM then shook her head and added: “Maybe not.”




Mrs May spoke out against extremists who have brought a nasty strain of abuse to politics – and stood up for Labour’s Diane Abbott because she’s constantly attacked by trolls.

The PM said: “Something’s changed for the worse. I feel it and I’m sure you do too.

“Rigorous debate between political opponents is becoming more like a confrontation between enemies.

“People who put themselves forward are becoming targets, their families as well.

“We all saw the sickening pictures of a far-left extremist shouting abuse at Jacob Rees-Mogg’s children.

“And it’s not only Conservatives who are facing abuse; the first black woman ever to be elected to the House of Commons receives more racist and misogynist messages today than when she first stood over 30 years ago.

“You don’t have to agree with a word Diane Abbott says to believe passionately in her right to say it free from threats and abuse.”

After talking about her Housing Secretary James Brokenshire’s treatment and recovery from cancer, the PM revealed her own goddaughter died from the disease last year.

She said: “Cancer can strike any of us at any time.

“A few years ago my goddaughter was diagnosed with cancer.

“She underwent treatment and it seemed to be working, then the cancer came back.

“Last summer she sent me a text to tell me she was hoping to see another Christmas. But she didn’t make it.”

Today she opened her address with a joke about last year’s disaster.

The PM said: “You do have to excuse me if I do cough during the speech. I’ve been up all night super-gluing the backdrop.”

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