We’re all snookered! Theresa May is challenged to a game of pool by Italian PM and isn’t a natural

This footage shows the moment Theresa May is challenged to a game of pool by a European leader – as the puzzled PM struggled to even hold the cue.

Mrs May joined Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte in the game and admitted to him: ‘I’ll have a lot of support but I’ll be hopeless. You’ll have to show me how.’

After taking his shot he invites Mrs May to ‘try please’ and her skills with the pool cue leave quite a lot to be desired.

Theresa May is handed a cue by Italian PM Giuseppe Conte and then says to him 'you have to show me how [to play]' as he lines up to take a shot

Theresa May is handed a cue by Italian PM Giuseppe Conte and then says to him 'you have to show me how [to play]' as he lines up to take a shot

Theresa May is handed a cue by Italian PM Giuseppe Conte and then says to him ‘you have to show me how [to play]’ as he lines up to take a shot

After taking his shot he invites Mrs May to 'try please' and her skills with the pool cue leave quite a lot to be desired

After taking his shot he invites Mrs May to 'try please' and her skills with the pool cue leave quite a lot to be desired

After taking his shot he invites Mrs May to ‘try please’ and her skills with the pool cue leave quite a lot to be desired

The PM isn't exactly a natural and awkwardly holds the cue while trying balance it on her hand and take a shot

The PM isn't exactly a natural and awkwardly holds the cue while trying balance it on her hand and take a shot

The PM isn’t exactly a natural and awkwardly holds the cue while trying balance it on her hand and take a shot

Gavin Barwell, her chief of staff, tries his best to explain how play while Mr Conte chalks up Mrs May’s cue.

The PM awkwardly grips the cue while trying balance it on her hand as she tries to follow the advice of Mr Barwell.

Mrs May then hits the cue ball and the video ends shortly after that.

It’s not clear if Mrs May managed to pot any balls or win the game against Mr Conte, who posted the one minute video on his Twitter account.

Mrs May, who is currently attending an EU-League of Arab States summit, is not the first politician to be snookered in front of camera.

Previous Prime Minister’s Margaret Thatcher, Tony Blair and David Cameron have all been snapped playing as well – but all admittedly looked a bit more assured while taking their shots.

Conservative Party leader Margaret Thatcher trying her hand at a game of pool during a Briefing Conference for Prospective Conservative Euro-Candidates, at the Penta Hotel on February 27 1979

Conservative Party leader Margaret Thatcher trying her hand at a game of pool during a Briefing Conference for Prospective Conservative Euro-Candidates, at the Penta Hotel on February 27 1979

Conservative Party leader Margaret Thatcher trying her hand at a game of pool during a Briefing Conference for Prospective Conservative Euro-Candidates, at the Penta Hotel on February 27 1979

Ex-Prime Minister Tony Blair joins in a game of pool during a visit to the Chatham community project in Kent

Ex-Prime Minister Tony Blair joins in a game of pool during a visit to the Chatham community project in Kent

Ex-Prime Minister Tony Blair joins in a game of pool during a visit to the Chatham community project in Kent

David Cameron plays pool on a visit to Spear in Hammersmith, West London during the 2010 General Election Campaign

David Cameron plays pool on a visit to Spear in Hammersmith, West London during the 2010 General Election Campaign

David Cameron plays pool on a visit to Spear in Hammersmith, West London during the 2010 General Election Campaign

The light-hearted game comes after Mrs May delayed the next ‘meaningful vote’ on Brexit by two weeks and said that it will be held by March 12.

Retweeting the video, Chief Secretary to the Treasury Liz Truss, joked: ‘Pleased to see nothing’s been taken off the table.’  

It’s not the first time the PM has been left red-faced after previously awkward ‘Maybot’ dancing with schoolchildren during a visit to South Africa in August lat year.

The Prime Minister’s embarassing moves came as she watched a display of traditional singing and dancing sparked comparisons with footballer Peter Crouch’s famous ‘robot’.

Responding to the slew of ridicule Mrs May admitted: ‘I suspect my dancing this morning might not make it on to Strictly.’

The Prime Minister was visiting the I.D. Mkize Secondary School, which takes part in a British Council funded teacher exchange, to promote ties between Britain and South Africa. 

 

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