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Pranksters target Liz Truss’ Wikipedia and swap her photos before the page was ‘locked’

Liz Truss’ Wikipedia page was locked due to ‘vandalism’ today after rogue editors swapped her photos for random celebrities on the day she was crowned Britain’s next prime minister.

The pranksters ignored the website’s terms of service as they targeted the official profile of the new Tory leader before the page was eventually ‘locked down’ to prevent further malicious edits.

The official Ms Truss Wikipedia page today showed a picture of professional cleaner Kim Woodburn, 80, who co-presented the Channel 4 hit How Clean Is Your House? with Aggie MacKenzie.

Other bizarre entries on the page included altering images to show fictional characters from EastEnders and Celebrity Big Brother star Lauren Harries. In all, his profile was reviewed more than 75 times on Monday morning alone.

Wikipedia later announced at around 12:15 p.m. that the profile of the pending PM had enhanced protections until September 7 in a bid to stamp out “vandalism”.

According to official Wikipedia rules, edits will now only be made to Ms. Truss’s page if a user has been registered for more than 30 days and has made more than 500 edits to existing articles.

Liz Truss, who was announced as the new Tory leader today, received a warm welcome as she said she was ‘honoured’ to be given the job.

Ms Truss's official Wikipedia page instead showed a photo of a professional housekeeper, Kim Woodburn, who co-presented the Channel 4 hit How Clean Is Your House?

Ms Truss’s official Wikipedia page instead showed a photo of a professional housekeeper, Kim Woodburn, who co-presented the Channel 4 hit How Clean Is Your House?

Other bizarre entries on the page included altering images to show the fictional EastEnders character.

Other bizarre entries on the page included altering images to show EastEnders fictional characters Sonia Fowler

Other bizarre entries on the page included images changed to show former EastEnders characters ‘Big Mo’ (left) and Sonia Fowler (right)

A photo showing Celebrity Big Brother star Lauren Harries also appeared on the official Liz Truss page thanks to Wikipedia pranksters

A photo showing Celebrity Big Brother star Lauren Harries also appeared on the official Liz Truss page thanks to Wikipedia pranksters

It comes after comedian Joe Lycett sparked fury from critics after he mockingly clapped Ms Truss and described himself as ‘incredibly right-wing’.

Ms Truss, 47, used Laura Kuenssberg’s first flagship political show on Sunday to promise ‘immediate’ action to help Britons with energy costs if confirmed as Tory leader.

But his interview was followed by sarcastic applause from Lycett who then claimed to be ‘very right wing’ despite his frequent criticism of the Conservative Party and government.

A senior Conservative Party source said: ‘This is supposed to be a serious political agenda.’ I think that made Laura Kuenssberg look stupid… I think that’s nonsense.

“How could this be the right thing for the BBC to do. If I were the BBC I would apologize and say we were wrong, we made a mistake and we will be a serious political program again.

And following the announcement that Liz Truss will be the next Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative Party, Lycett tweeted: “Yes @trussliz absolutely broke it baby!!!”

Ms Truss takes the lead of a country in the throes of a cost of living crisis after rising to the former chancellor’s challenge with the backing of 81,326 party members, compared to Mr Sunak’s 60,399.

The final margin of victory was smaller than the polls had predicted – and lower than that achieved by Boris Johnson, Theresa May and David Cameron.

The new Tory leader has vowed to be ‘bold’ in cutting taxes and reviving the economy after beating Rishi Sunak in the Tory leadership race today.

She said it was an “honor” to be the new leader of the “largest political party in the world”. “I know our beliefs resonate with the British people,” she said.

“I campaigned as a Tory and will govern as a Tory…I will deliver a bold plan to cut taxes and grow our economy.”

In a nod to the imminent prospect of a general election, she added: ‘We will have a big win for the Conservative Party in 2024.’

Pranksters targeted the official profile of the new Tory leader before the page was

Pranksters targeted the official profile of the new Tory leader before the page was ‘locked down’ to prevent further malicious edits

Ms Truss also paid tribute to her ‘friend’ Boris Johnson, who will officially hand over power to her tomorrow, saying he ‘made Brexit, crushed Jeremy Corbyn, rolled out the vaccine and stood up to Vladimir Putin’.

Tweeting his congratulations, Mr Johnson said Ms Truss ‘has the right plan to tackle the cost of living crisis, unite our party and continue the great work of unifying and leveling our country’.

There seemed to be little warmth between the contestants in the room, as they sat a seat apart awaiting the outcome.

But Mr Sunak – who is not expected to be offered a big job in the new government – called for unity.

“It is right that we now unite behind the new Prime Minister, Liz Truss, as she leads the country through difficult times,” he said.

Unlike Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt in 2019, the two candidates were separated at the QEII center in Westminster before this afternoon's announcement.

Unlike Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt in 2019, the two candidates were separated at the QEII center in Westminster before this afternoon’s announcement.

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