Brexit: Theresa May barely able to talk as she faces almost certain defeat on her deal

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Theresa May she was able to talk as she began addressing

She began to croak as she stood at the despatch box.

Mrs. May was forced to make her case despite knowing she was having to lose after both.

Mrs. May tried to retain her authority as she warned that the Commons did not vote with her.

But the beleaguered PM struggled to make herself heard as her voice and she had to interrupt her speech to take a sip of water.

Tory backbencher James Cartlidge made reference to the PM's condition as he spoke out against a referendum.

It was a painful reminder of her infamous conference coughing fit

He said: "She might have lost her voice but if we were to have another referendum 17.4m people would have lost their voice."

Her rasping voice today was reminiscent of the infamous coughing fit derailed her conference speech in 2017.

The Prime Minister had been suffering from a heavy cold in the party's annual conference in Manchester.

But it really kicked in halfway through her headline speech – forcing her to stop several times to cough, drink water and accept cough sweet from Chancellor Philip Hammond.

Members gave the words "record numbers of jobs".

As Philip Hammond, the Prime Minister said, "I hope you know that gentlemen, the Chancellor giving something away free!"

Today Labor MP Angela Eagle said: "I hope her voice will last until the end of the speech" as she pointed out that the DUP would not be backing the deal.

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