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UK Meltdown Puts Pressure on Keir Starmer to Make His Mark

Keir Starmer heads into his party’s annual conference with an opportunity to make political capital from the government’s much derided tax cuts.

Pedestrians walk past a tourist souvenir stall on Westminster Bridge in London. 

Pedestrians walk past a tourist souvenir stall on Westminster Bridge in London. 

Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

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With new UK Prime Minister Liz Truss facing a storm over her plans for the economy, the pound in freefall and her Conservative Party trailing in opinion polls, confidence among her opponents ordinarily might be as high as energy prices.