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Liz Truss poses for a photo in London in July 2022.

Liz Truss has become the United Kingdom’s new prime minister, succeeding Boris Johnson, who resigned in July after a series of scandals.

Truss, 47, defeated rival Rishi Sunak in the Conservative Party leadership contest, and she follows Margaret Thatcher and Theresa May to become Britain’s third female premier.

Throughout her political career, Truss has been compared to Thatcher, who, for many on the right, remains the benchmark for Conservative leaders. Like Thatcher, Truss has come from relatively humble beginnings to dominate a world inhabited largely by men.

Truss was elected to Parliament in 2010. In a relatively short period of time, she has established herself as a political force of nature who pursues her agenda with relentless vigor and unequivocal enthusiasm. She served under three prime ministers in several different cabinet jobs, most recently as foreign secretary.

Since becoming an MP, Truss has gone from being the darling of the liberal Conservative leader David Cameron, who took a personal interest in her career, to the Euroskeptic right’s figurehead.

Truss has been seen by most as the Johnson continuity candidate, and she has enjoyed the backing of many of his loyalists.

Truss is photographed in her London office while she was deputy director of Reform, a policy think tank, in 2009.

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Truss is photographed in her London office while she was deputy director of Reform, a policy think tank, in 2009.

While running for Parliament, Truss canvasses in the village of West Walton in 2010. She was elected later that year. Truss was born in 1975 into a family that she herself has described as

Photos: Liz Truss, the UK’s new prime minister

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While running for Parliament, Truss canvasses in the village of West Walton in 2010. She was elected later that year. Truss was born in 1975 into a family that she herself has described as “to the left of Labour,” Britain’s main left-wing party. She grew up in parts of the UK that didn’t traditionally vote Conservative, moving between Scotland and the north of England.

Truss appears with John Stapleton on the

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Truss appears with John Stapleton on the “Daybreak” television program in February 2014. Truss says she joined the Conservatives in 1996, just two years after she gave a speech at a Liberal Democrat conference calling for the end of the monarchy.

Truss meets students at a school in west London in July 2014. She was launching a new government plan to get more locally sourced and grown food into schools and hospitals.

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Truss meets students at a school in west London in July 2014. She was launching a new government plan to get more locally sourced and grown food into schools and hospitals.

Truss speaks at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester, England, in 2015. At the time, she was secretary of state for environment, food and rural affairs.

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Truss speaks at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester, England, in 2015. At the time, she was secretary of state for environment, food and rural affairs.

Truss stands between John Thomas, the lord chief justice of England and Wales, and John Dyson, master of the rolls at the Royal Courts of Justice, in July 2016. She had been sworn in as lord chancellor and justice secretary in Theresa May's new government.

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Truss stands between John Thomas, the lord chief justice of England and Wales, and John Dyson, master of the rolls at the Royal Courts of Justice, in July 2016. She had been sworn in as lord chancellor and justice secretary in Theresa May’s new government.

Truss speaks with Custodial Manager Wendy-Fisher McFarlane as she is escorted around the HM Prison Brixton in November 2016.

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Truss speaks with Custodial Manager Wendy-Fisher McFarlane as she is escorted around the HM Prison Brixton in November 2016.

Truss arrives at Downing Street in 2017.

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Truss arrives at Downing Street in 2017.

Truss, then as chief secretary to the Treasury, joins Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond and other members of the Treasury team before they presented the government's annual budget to Parliament in 2018.

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Truss, then as chief secretary to the Treasury, joins Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond and other members of the Treasury team before they presented the government’s annual budget to Parliament in 2018.

Truss and London Mayor Peter Estlin join US Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, Karen, at an international trade dinner in London in 2019.

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Truss and London Mayor Peter Estlin join US Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, Karen, at an international trade dinner in London in 2019.

Truss speaks during the annual Conservative Party conference in October 2021.

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Truss speaks during the annual Conservative Party conference in October 2021.

Truss, as foreign secretary, stands with Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid as they met in London in November 2021.

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Truss, as foreign secretary, stands with Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid as they met in London in November 2021.

Truss, center, poses for a group photo with other G7 foreign ministers ahead of a meeting in Liverpool, England, in December 2021.

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Truss, center, poses for a group photo with other G7 foreign ministers ahead of a meeting in Liverpool, England, in December 2021.

Truss attends a meeting with European Commission Vice-President Maros Sefcovic in Sevenoaks, England, in January 2022.

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Truss attends a meeting with European Commission Vice-President Maros Sefcovic in Sevenoaks, England, in January 2022.

Truss takes part in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Moscow in February 2022.

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Truss takes part in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Moscow in February 2022.

Sefcovic and Truss meet in London in February 2022. Truss supported remaining in the European Union in the UK's referendum in 2016. At the time, Truss tweeted that she was backing those who wanted to remain in the bloc because

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Sefcovic and Truss meet in London in February 2022. Truss supported remaining in the European Union in the UK’s referendum in 2016. At the time, Truss tweeted that she was backing those who wanted to remain in the bloc because “it is in Britain’s economic interest and means we can focus on vital economic and social reform at home.” Truss now backs Brexit, saying that her fears before the referendum that it could cause “disruption” were mistaken.

Truss makes a statement on sanctions after Russia invaded Ukraine in February 2022.

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Truss makes a statement on sanctions after Russia invaded Ukraine in February 2022.

Truss and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken hold a joint news conference in Washington, DC, in March 2022.

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Truss and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken hold a joint news conference in Washington, DC, in March 2022.

Truss and Home Secretary Priti Patel, right, sit with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his wife, Carrie, during the National Service of Thanksgiving in June 2022. It was part of celebrations marking the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.

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Truss and Home Secretary Priti Patel, right, sit with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his wife, Carrie, during the National Service of Thanksgiving in June 2022. It was part of celebrations marking the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Truss meets supporters during a campaign event in London in July 2022.

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Truss meets supporters during a campaign event in London in July 2022.

Truss delivers a speech after becoming Prime Minister-elect in September 2022.

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Truss delivers a speech after becoming Prime Minister-elect in September 2022.

Truss waves as she leaves Conservative Party Headquarters in September 2022.

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Truss waves as she leaves Conservative Party Headquarters in September 2022.

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Truss delivers her first speech as prime minister outside No. 10 Downing Street. She pledged to immediately set about tackling the United Kingdom’s spiraling cost-of-living crisis, saying she was confident that “together we can ride out of the storm” of economic problems facing the nation.

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