Twitter users went into meltdown following Theresa May's catastrophic keynote speech at the Conservative Conference - with many expressing sympathy for her plight.

The speech took a farcical turn after comedian Simon Brodkin, also known as Lee Nelson, interrupted the Prime Minister by waving a P45 . He was swiftly escorted out of the venue.

Mrs May was further hindered by a coughing fit which caused her to struggle for the remainder of her speech. Chancellor Philip Hammond even stepped in to hand over a cough sweet.

To top off the calamitous speech, letters then fell off the slogan on the wall behind May, which originally read: "Building a country the works for Everyone".

Viewers of the spectacle were left aghast and took to social media to express their amazement.

Others, however, felt sympathy for the prime minister - including some of her critics.

There also were more than a few funny tweets, too.

_or _ucks sak_?

— mark little (@marklittlenews) October 4, 2017

However some opponents saw it as an opportunity to attack Mrs May further, with some even calling her to resign:

Others just opened the popcorn, and enjoyed as the disaster unfolded:

Theresa May's speech in full #CPC17

— TechnicallyRon (@TechnicallyRon) October 4, 2017

Theresa May's cabinet as soon as her speech is over #CPC17

— Andrew Williams (@AGWOfficial) October 4, 2017

Oh my God I'm an evil person, I can't stop laughing at the shambles that was Theresa May's speech. 😂😂😂@

— Amanda Carroll (@artymanda) October 4, 2017

The media if Jeremy Corbyn had delivered that speech...#CPC17

— EL4C (@EL4JC) October 4, 2017

Wow - the BBC have already made a dramatisation of Theresa May's speech- very accurate! #CPC17

— EL4C (@EL4JC) October 4, 2017

Theresa May's speech in full #CPC17

— John Rain🔹 (@MrKenShabby) October 4, 2017

That speech

— Sarah Manavis (@sarahmanavis) October 4, 2017

That Theresa May speech in summary....

— Euan Purchase (@euanspc) October 4, 2017