Portillo halted mid-sentence

Former Secretary of State Michael Portillo was forced to suspend hisaddress to the conference after a member of the audience collapsed on theopening morning.

Mr Portillo was halfway through his address when the delegate was takenill, and organisers were forced to clear the auditorium while the manreceived medical treatment before being transferred to a localhospital.

The audience returned 40 minutes later.

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