By Kyle James  |  10-03-2018   News
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The start of Theresa May's speech at a conference in South Africa began with her dance moves which first drew laughter from the crowd. May made light of the laughter to warm up the crowd ahead of her keynote speech at the Conservative party conference in Birmingham. The tune she was dancing to was Abba's Dancing Queen and her awkward moves were reminiscent of her recent attempt to dance in South Africa.

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The crowd may have awkwardly laughed along with the Prime Minister but it probably would have gone better if she had actually choreographed a dance beforehand and practiced it. This strategy of making fun of yourself when you reach the stage shows that she does not have a giant ego and that could be a calculated tactic. On social media, the moves fared a bit worse with some just making a straight-up mockery of her.

The Prime Minister is known for her witty humor and she didn't disappoint when she apologized if she coughed because she had been up all night supergluing the backdrop. This not-so-subtle reference refers to last year when a sign fell down behind her. She knows how to get the audience on her side as she at least got praise from Tory deputy chairman James Cleverly who described her as "classy" and the MP Michael Fabricant said her performance was "totally brill".

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May went on in her speech to say that after a decade of austerity people need to know the hard work has paid off. Diane Abbot was also mentioned in her speech as May addressed the problem of the amount of abuse that MPs and their families received. She said, "Whoever thought that was a good idea should be sacked. I am looking at you, Robbie Gibb." The remark is meant as a reference to the Downing Street director of communications.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">&quot;A decade after the financial crash, people need to know that the austerity it led to is over.&quot;<br><br>Theresa May says that because of the “sacrifices” made by the British people, &quot;there are better days ahead&quot;. <a href="https://t.co/h3EaaXN50K">pic.twitter.com/h3EaaXN50K</a></p>&mdash; Channel 4 News (@Channel4News) <a href="https://twitter.com/Channel4News/status/1047472173147938816?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 3, 2018</a></blockquote>

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May's speech has seen an equal amount of praise as the criticism over her dancing. The Labour MP Angela Rayner called the dance #Cringe on Twitter while SNP MP Joanna CHerry said it was "an affront to my favorite song". Others made fun of the bizarre choice to incorporate the half-way dancing instead of cutting it or actually learning to dance.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">As Swedish Ambassador I can only say Bravo to <a href="https://twitter.com/theresa_may?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@theresa_may</a> for starting her conference speech with ABBA’s Dancing Queen. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/CPC18?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#CPC18</a></p>&mdash; Torbjörn Sohlström (@sohlstromt) <a href="https://twitter.com/sohlstromt/status/1047440718166478848?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 3, 2018</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">I hope they put a &quot;some viewers may find these scenes disturbing&quot; warning on the news before showing the ignominious death of Dancing Queen <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TheresaMay?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#TheresaMay</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/CPC18?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#CPC18</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/PoliticsLive?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#PoliticsLive</a></p>&mdash; Tony Sharpe (@tonetalk) <a href="https://twitter.com/tonetalk/status/1047447376552706049?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 3, 2018</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Comms person: &quot;People liked the dancing and hate that you&#39;re a f***ing robot. Remember that.&quot;<br>* May walks out doing robot dance *<br>* Comms person buries head in hands. *</p>&mdash; Andrew Livingston (@andylivingston) <a href="https://twitter.com/andylivingston/status/1047446740968849408?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 3, 2018</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">I use to love Dancing Queen by Abba <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Cringe?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Cringe</a> 😩 <a href="https://t.co/MGeBGhf0Gi">https://t.co/MGeBGhf0Gi</a></p>&mdash; Angela Rayner (@AngelaRayner) <a href="https://twitter.com/AngelaRayner/status/1047445512339804160?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 3, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Source: https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/oct/03/dancing-queen-theresa-may-steps-out-again

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