Mary Elizabeth Truss is a British politician who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for South West Norfolk for more than a decade now. She assumed office as Foreign Secretary in 2021. She served earlier as Minister for Women and Equalities from 2019 to 2021. She is a member of the Conservative Party.
Liz Truss is now making a buzz in the UK political circles as she secured 113 votes and came in second while former finance minister Rishi Sunak got 137 votes in the latest round held on 20th July.
As such, Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak are now the 2 top contenders in the race to succeed Boris Johnson and become the next prime minister of the United Kingdom.
Let us try to know more about Liz Truss in our article below!
Everything about Liz Truss
Mary Elizabeth Truss was born in the year 1975 in Oxford, England. Her family relocated to Scotland when she was just four years old. Truss studied at West Primary School in Paisley, Renfrewshire, and later at Roundhay School, in Leeds.
She completed her graduation from Merton College, Oxford, graduating in 1996 where she studied Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. Truss was President of Oxford University Liberal Democrats.
She was a member of the national executive committee of Liberal Democrat Youth and Students.
Post completion of her graduation, Truss started her professional career at Shell in 1996. She then joined Cable & Wireless company in 2000 and resigned as economic director in 2005.
Truss became the full-time deputy director of The Reform research Trust in 2008 after she lost her first two elections. She co-authored The Value of Mathematics and A New Level and many other reports.
She then founded the Free Enterprise Group of Conservative MPs. Truss wrote or co-wrote many papers and books like After the Coalition (2011) and Britannia Unchained (2012).
From 1998 to 2000, Truss served as the chair of the Lewisham Deptford Conservative Association. In 2006, she was elected as a councilor for Eltham South in Greenwich and submitted her resignation in 2010 just before her term of office ended.
She then went on to serve as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Childcare and Education for two years (2012 – 2014). She was later appointed by Prime Minister David Cameron as Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the cabinet reshuffle took place in 2014.
She has served in various cabinet positions under Prime Ministers David Cameron, Theresa May, and Boris Johnson in her political career of more than 15 years.
Truss announced her objective to run as Prime Minister for the Conservative Party leadership election to replace Boris Johnson this month on the 10th. After a few days, she polled second amongst Conservative parliamentarians.
Truss tweeted today, “Thank you for putting your trust in me. I’m ready to hit the ground running from day one. #LizForLeader”. She added, “I have a clear @Conservatives economic plan to lead our party and unleash the full potential of our great country. I’m the candidate with a true Conservative economic plan.”
Foreign secretary Truss along with Rishi will present their case to Conservative party members, who will then collectively decide on the new leader of the party who will be the de-facto prime minister of the UK in August. The results are expected to be announced on 5th September 2022.
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