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Theresa May loses vote… and her voice

Croaky: A hoarse
Theresa May in the
Commons yesterday in an echo of her
2017 speech (below) PICTURES: EPA/REX

AILING Theresa May suffered another betrayal yesterday — by her voice.

The prime minister struggled to croak her words out when facing the Commons, winning sympathy even from critics of her Brexit deal.

Former Tory minister Anna Soubry, now an independent MP, said: ‘Most people take to their beds if unwell but this prime minister battles on. It’s appreciated.’

Mrs May’s hoarse efforts were an echo of her disastrous Conservative party conference speech in October 2017, when she was handed a cough sweet by Philip Hammond. Yesterday, SNP MP Stephen Gethins suggested she should take ‘a moment to get another cough sweet from the chancellor’.

But while the 2017 voice fiasco was compounded by a prankster handing her a P45 and letters falling off the wall behind her, this time she was able to laugh it off.

‘You should hear Jean-Claude Juncker’s voice as a result of our conversation,’ she told MPs.