Theresa May on Boris Johnson and that party conference speech: Three things we learned

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Prime Minister Theresa May has said she didn't "get into politics for an easy life" and that she did not consider leaving the stage during what's been labelled a disastrous speech at the Conservative Party Conference this week.

She made the comments in an interview with The Sunday Times, one of her first since the speech was made. Here's what we learned.

1. On that party conference speech

May said the speech in which she had to overcome a persistent cough, a comedian handing her a P45 and the stage falling apart behind her, was "frustrating" but she's not someone who gives up. She revealed she received supportive texts afterwards, in addition to the big hug from husband Philip as she was still on stage.

"I didn't come into politics for an easy life," she said.

May also added, when asked if it was the worst day of her life, "this was a speech" and that she has to respond to terrorist attacks and events such as the Grenfell fire.

"So let’s keep this in proportion. I had to give a long speech with a bad cough, a somewhat shaky set and a so-called comedian intent on getting his 15 minutes of fame. Was it uncomfortable? Certainly. But let’s not get carried away!"

2. On not being able to win when it comes to public perception

"One minute journalists are accusing me of being an ice maiden or a robot, then they claim I’m a weeping woman in dire need of a good night’s sleep!" she said

"The truth is my feelings can be hurt, like everyone else, but I am pretty resilient."

3. On Boris

"It has never been my style to hide from a challenge," said May, responding to a question about what she would do about Boris, who has in recent weeks caused trouble for the PM, though she diplomatically avoided answering directly.

She added that it was her job to make sure she has the best people in her cabinet and said "I have a terrific cabinet" and that "leadership is not gossip and game-playing".

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