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British PM Theresa May kicks off keynote speech with ABBA's 'Dancing Queen'

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London, UK (CNN)British Prime Minister Theresa May attempted to shrug (and shuffle and swivel) off memories of a disastrous speech last year by dancing onto the stage to the tune of ABBA's Dancing Queen.

To rapturous applause at the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham, she twirled somewhat awkwardly -- a self-depracatory reference to dance moves she displayed on a recent visit to Africa.

"You'll have to excuse me if I cough during this speech. I've been up all night supergluing the backdrop," joked May, referring to last year's keynote speech in which she was plagued by a cough, a prankster and signage falling from the wall behind her.

"There are some things about last year's conference I am trying to forget," said May to the packed hall of party faithful in Birmingham. "But I will always remember the warmth I felt from everyone in the hall who supported me all the way -- thank you," May added.

Her keynote speech comes just hours after one Member of Parliament signed a a letter of no confidence in her leadership.

The previous day former foreign secretary Boris Johnson launched a scathing attack on May's Brexit plan -- known as "Chequers" after the prime minister's country residence where it was approved by the Cabinet in July.

"This is the time to chuck Chequers," Johnson told the Conservative conference on Tuesday. "It is not taking back control, it is forfeiting control," added the party's former foreign secretary who quit earlier this year over May's blueprint for leaving the EU.

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