‘That could have been a terrorist’ – Norfolk MP raises security questions over comic’s prank during Theresa May conference speech

George Freeman MP. Picture: Ian Burt

George Freeman MP. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

'Serious questions' remain about how a prankster was able to get within feet of the prime minister during her party conference speech, a senior Norfolk MP has said.

Comedian Lee Nelson confronts the prime minister Theresa May during her speech. Picture: OWEN HUMPHR

Comedian Lee Nelson confronts the prime minister Theresa May during her speech. Picture: OWEN HUMPHREYS/PA - Credit: PA Wire/PA Images

Mid Norfolk MP George Freeman, chairman of the Conservative Policy Board, said of comic Simon Brodkin's stunt: 'There should be some very serious questions – that could have been a terrorist.'

Mr Brodkin, also known as Lee Nelson, handed Mrs May a fake P45 during the keynote speech in Manchester on Wednesday, October 4.

He was bundled out of the hall and arrested to keep the peace.

MORE: Coughs, splutters and a P45: Stoic Theresa May battles through speechHe was later released because he had legitimate accreditation to attend the event, Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said.

Mr Freeman added: 'My understanding is he's a comedian, he's often used by the BBC and questions will be asked about how he was allowed to get that close.'


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GMP Chief Superintendent John O'Hare said people entering the conference had to go through 'airport-style' searches.

However he added: 'In light of this we will be reviewing the accreditation process with the Conservative Party.'

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A Conservative spokesman said: 'In light of the arrest during the prime minister's speech we are working with the police to review the accreditation process and security arrangements for party conference.'

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