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UK governing party to review security after prank on Theresa May

Comedian Simon Brodkin, also known as Lee Nelson, handed UK Conservative Party Leader and Prime Minister Theresa May an unemployment form during a speech.
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Comedian Simon Brodkin, also known as Lee Nelson, handed UK Conservative Party Leader and Prime Minister Theresa May an unemployment form during a speech.

Britain’s governing Conservative Party is reviewing security after a comedian managed to walk up to Prime Minister Theresa May during a speech and hand her an unemployment form.

The prankster — identified in media reports as comedian Simon Brodkin — handed May a P45, the form given to people being laid off, as she was addressing the Conservative conference in Manchester.

As he was bundled away by security, the joker said ‘‘Boris told me to do it.’’

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Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson is widely seen as a rival for May’s job.

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May’s office says the prankster has been arrested for breach of the peace and there will be a ‘‘thorough investigation’’ of how he was able to get into the high-security conference venue.

Brodkin, whose stage name is Lee Nelson, has pulled off other high-profile stunts including showering international soccer federation president Sepp Blatter with money during a 2015 press conference.