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ABBA Look At These Moves From Theresa May

UK Prime Minister Theresa May boogied out to ABBA's Dancing Queen at a Conservative Party conference, appearing to poke fun at herself after being mocked for her dance moves on a recent trip to Africa.

The PM traveled to several African nations in August this year, breaking out into dance multiple times throughout the trip. First with school children in South Africa, then a few days later with a groups of scouts in Nairobi.

She was widely mocked as "cringe-worthy" and "wooden", but also praised for her willingness to let loose on trip.

But when she returned, she embraced her new found reputation as slightly awkward dancing queen.

Her musical entrance to the Tory Party conference was therefore a nod to what is quickly becoming her signature move.

BBC reports that the song was always planned -- and is one of the PM's favourites -- but the dance, Downing Street insists, was spontaneous.

It comes after last year's disastrous conference, during which May struggled with a persistent cough, had a prankster deliver her a fake P45 notice (a UK form for an employee leaving work), and as a final insult, had the stage disintegrate behind her.

This time around, May got through her speech incident-free, defending her Brexit plan after critics, including Boris Johnson, called for a rethink, following the EU's rejection of her Chequers plan.

"If we all go off in different directions in pursuit of our own vision of the perfect Brexit, we risk ending up with no Brexit at all," she said.

She also pledged to end a decade of austerity, promising that Brexit would mark an end to public spending cuts.

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But it's the PM's dancing moves have captured international attention, and she's hardly the first politician to court a bit of public goodwill with some daggy dancing moves.

Closer to home, Scott Morrison, Barnaby Joyce, Kevin Rudd, Tony Abbott, Anthony Albanese have all given it a crack.

Politicians And Their Daggy Dance Moves

Contact the author: abrucesmith@networkten.com.au

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