Theresa May is latest victim of Britain's booing ministers
Home secretary follows George Osborne's example in smiling through chorus of boos in Paralympic stadium in Stratford
First George Osborne, then Theresa May. As the home secretary stepped forward to present the medals for the men's 1500m T20 event on Tuesday night, she was treated to the latest Paralympic sport to entertain the 80,000 spectators in the Stratford stadium – booing members of the government.
Just as Osborne had done the night before, when he received his own swelling chorus of derision at the men's 400m T38 medal ceremony, May made a stab at a sporting smile before presenting gold to Payman Bazanjan of Iran. An echoing catcall from tens of thousands of people may not be exactly pleasant, but at least May is used to it – her job involves addressing the police federation annual conference.
David Cameron has had a mixed reception at the Games – receiving as many cheers as boos on Monday when presenting Ellie Simmonds with her second swimming gold – the sports minister Hugh Robertson, also a member of the government, has generally been greeted warmly.
Former Labour Olympics minister Tessa Jowell and sports minister Kate Hoey have also been cheered, and even Gordon Brown, making a rare public appearance to present medals at the Aquatics centre, received a generous welcome. Boris Johnson is cheered roundly whenever he appears.