Liz Truss is being accused of being like Margaret Thatcher in cosplay, having reached the last round of the Tory leadership contest where she is now favourite to replace Boris Johnson as prime minister.
Speaking to BBC Radio 4, the foreign secretary denied the allegation, as Tory members decide whether her or Rishi Sunak should be the next prime minister. "I don’t accept that," she said. "I am my own person."
“I’m from a very different background. I grew up in Yorkshire. I went to a comprehensive school. I am somebody who has worked all my life to get things done. And that’s what I want to do in the job.”
Meanwhile in an interview with GB News later on the same day, she called the comparisons “frustrating”.
“It is quite frustrating that female politicians always get compared to Margaret Thatcher, whereas male politicians don’t get compared to Ted Heath,” she said.
\u201cHas Liz Truss got a photo album of Margaret Thatcher publicity photos she is slowly emulating?\n\nShe's currently on page 6, but I think there are plenty more in her portfolio\u201d
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Then there is an image of Truss wearing protective gear, including a bulletproof vest and helmet, on a trip to Estonia. The photo is reminiscent of a 1986 photo of Thatcher in a British Army tank on a visit to troops in West Germany.
Here are a few other examples:
\u201cLiz Truss on R4's Today programme:\n\n"People see you dress and model yourself on Margaret Thatcher"\n\n"I don't accept that, I am my own person."\u201d