Royal Borough council leader Cllr Simon Dudley got a bird's eye view of of the comedian who served PM Theresa May with a P45 during her conference speech yesterday.

As leader of the council in Mrs May's constituency Cllr Dudley had a choice spot on the stage two rows back from where Mrs May was speaking.

He said there was a huge throng of photographers between her and the conference room and that Simon Brodkin - alias Lee Nelson - emerged from there.

Cllr Dudley said: "I thought it was a huge lapse in security that he was able to get so close to her. Nobody knew what his intentions were.

"It was kind of frightening. But she recovered well, her speech had some good policy in it."

He says the various disasters have merely convinced him that Mrs May should stay as leader.

He said: "It says everything about someone when they are losing their voice and carry on and give a great speech.

"At the end of the day it enabled her to show her character, that she has the traits we want in a leader. She did a fantastic job in extraordinary circumstances."

As for the team responsible for the collapsing lettering behind the PM, Cllr Dudley said: "I don't think we will be using them again."