She said her husband Philip was worried for her safety after Simon Brodkin managed to get so close to her despite intense security in Manchester last week.
Mrs May was asked whether she had contemplated giving up midway through her address to delegates after her voice repeatedly broken down.
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She said she hadn’t, adding: “I’d had a cough sweet before I went on and some cough medicine earlier. I suppose I just thought I would be okay.”
That issue came after the comic — also known as Lee Nelson — gave her a fake unemployment notice and joked that Boris Johnson had asked him to perform the stunt.
Prime Minister Theresa May coughs during her address to delegates at the Conservative Party Conference. Picture: AP Photo/Rui VieiraSource:AP
Mrs May said there had been a moment where she thought “has something gone wrong, am I supposed to be stopping?” but then realised it was not someone official.
She said: “I think he had been a bit worried about the individual who approached me, probably more so than I had been on my position up there on the podium.
“As everybody now knows, he gave me a really big hug because he just wanted to say well done for getting through it.”
British Prime Minister Theresa May and her husband Philip May. Mrs May said she needed a stiff drink more than a hug after her troubled conference speech. Picture: AFP Photo/Tolga AkmenSource:AFP
He was asked if she needed the big hug her husband gave her once she finally got through the speech, she said: “I think I probably needed a stiff drink afterwards.”
After the speech a plot to oust her from Number 10 Downing Street was revealed, with ex-party chairman Grant Shapps at the helm.
During the radio segment, Mrs May also repeatedly refused to say if she would vote for Brexit if the UK held another EU referendum today.
The Prime Minister — who voted Remain last time around — was asked during a phone-in interview whether her position has changed, reports The Sun.
Theresa May refusing to say whether she would vote Leave or Remain were a referendum to be held today.
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She began by telling the caller on LBC, a talk radio show in Britain, she did not answer “hypothetical” questions.
But after she was pushed the PM said: “I could sit here and I could say I’d still vote Remain or I’d vote Leave, just to give you an answer.”
“I’m being open and honest with you.
“What I did last time round was I looked at everything and came to a judgment and I’d do exactly the same this time round.”
Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May said Brexit will happen in 2019. Picture: AFP Photo/PRUSource:AFP
The failure to say she would want to plump for the very thing she is now in charge of delivering is sure to worry Brexiteers anxious about our exit.
Mrs May added: “But we’re not having another referendum. That’s absolutely crucial.”
“We are going to deliver on the vote of the British people, we are going to deliver Brexit — 29th March 2019, we come out of the European Union.”
She also reconfirmed her commitment to staying on as leader until at least the next election in 2022, saying: “I’m not a quitter — there’s a long-term job to be done.”
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Asked about the disgraced former minister she said: “I have parliamentary colleagues who have a variety of views.”
But pressed further on the attempted coup, which she saw off at the weekend she said: “You should have any disagreements in private.”
In a final lighthearted question the PM was asked which of her Cabinet colleagues “would you most like to keep you company” if she was cast adrift.
British Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street to deliver a statement on Brexit to Parliament. Picture: AP Photo/Matt DunhamSource:AP
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After laughing she said: “Now this is going to be one of those terrible questions, but you know what the name that first went through my mind — and maybe it’s just because I’ve had a cough is Dr Liam Fox, because I’m sure he’d be very practical.”