Liz Truss Biography
Mary Elizabeth Truss (born 26 July 1975), known as Liz Truss, is a British politician. She is the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Affairs since September 2021 in Boris Johnson’s cabinet. She was the Chief Secretary to the Treasury from 2017 to 2019 and a Member of Parliament (MP) for South West Norfolk since 2010.
She also served as the Secretary of State for Justice and Lord High Chancellor from 2016 to 2017, State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs from 2014 to 2016, and Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education and Childcare from 2012 to 2014.
In July 2022, Truss announced her candidacy for Conservative Party leader to replace Boris Johnson in the 2022 Conservative Party leadership election. On 20 July 2022, Truss advanced to the final round of the election and will face Rishi Sunak. On 5 September 2022, it was announced that Truss had defeated her opponent Rishi Sunak in the Conservative leadership race.
Liz Truss Early life
Mary Elizabeth Truss was born on 26 July 1975 in Oxford, England, to John Kenneth and Priscilla Mary Truss (née Grasby). From an early age, she has been known by her middle name. Her father worked at the University of Leeds, while her mother was a nurse and teacher.
The family moved to Paisley, Renfrewshire in Scotland when she was four years old, living there from 1979 to 1985. She studied at the University of Oxford.
Truss was active in the Liberal Democrats. Truss joined the Conservative Party in 1996.
Liz Truss Parliament career
Truss was elected to the parliament during the 2010 general election to represent South West Norfolk.
On 4 September 2012, Truss was appointed as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Education. In this role, she developed some of the policy areas that she had pursued as a backbencher.
In July 2014, Truss was appointed Secretary of State for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs. Truss said that she fully believed that climate change is happening, and that “human beings have contributed to that”.
In July 2016, Truss was appointed as Secretary of State for Justice and Lord Chancellor in Theresa May’s first ministry. Truss became the first woman to hold either position and the first female Lord Chancellor in the thousand-year history of the office.
After Boris Johnson became Prime Minister, Truss was seen as a candidate for an important cabinet role because of her support of Johnson during the 2019 leadership election. She became Johnson’s Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade. After the resignation of Amber Rudd, Truss was also made Minister for Women and Equalities.
In September 2021, Johnson promoted Truss from International Trade Secretary to Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, becoming the second woman to hold the position after Margaret Beckett.
2022 Conservative Party leadership election
Main article: 2022 Conservative Party leadership election (UK)
On 10 July 2022, Truss announced her plans to run in the Conservative Party leadership election to replace Boris Johnson.
Conservative Party MPs chose truss and Rishi Sunak to compete in the final stage of the leadership election. On 5 September 2022, she won the election, beating Sunak by 81,326 votes to 60,399.
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
On 6 September 2022, one day after becoming Leader of the Conservative Party, Truss will be appointed Prime Minister by Queen Elizabeth II.
In 2000, Truss married accountant Hugh O’Leary. They have two children.
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