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The front-runner to replace Boris Johnson wants to be a new Iron Lady

By Mark Landler

25 Aug 2022 · 5 min read

The New York Times profiles Liz Truss, the conservative leader who has “wrapped herself in the mantle” of Margaret Thatcher and is the odds-on favorite to become the U.K.’s next prime minister.

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BIRMINGHAM, England — When a British journalist asked Liz Truss on Tuesday to name the character flaw she would most like to fix, she confessed, “I think some of my friends would say I’m a bit relentless.”

Her answer elicited chuckles from a gathering of Conservative Party members; after all, that question is usually an invitation for a politician to resort to a humble brag. Yet this time it had the ring of truth, coming after a campaign in which Truss, Britain’s foreign secretary, has piled up big-name endorsements, upbeat media coverage and a seemingly unshakable lead in polls of party members.

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