Who is Liz Truss ? Let’s know about her career, life and family here

She contested for party leadership in a contentious race against former finance minister Rishi Sunak, also known as Mary Elizabeth Truss.

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Mary Elizabeth Truss, a British politician who has been the secretary of state for foreign, commonwealth, and development affairs since 2021, was elected as the ruling Conservative Party’s leader and Britain’s new prime minister on September 5. She follows Theresa May and Margaret Thatcher as the third female prime minister of the UK.

She ran in a contentious party leadership race against the late finance minister Rishi Sunak, also known as Mary Elizabeth Truss. She defeated former chancellor Rishi Sunak, who received 60,399 votes, by garnering 81,326 votes among Tory members.

It’s an honour to be voted as leader of the Conservative and Unionist Party, Truss said in her winning speech from the Queen Elizabeth II Centre auditorium, adding that it was one of the longest job interviews in history.

Former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson claimed he is fine with anyone succeeding him, with the exception of Rishi Sunak, after resigning in July following months of scandal.

Following the election of the new Conservative Party leader, the monarch Queen Elizabeth will invite the new leader to form a government and will meet with him or her in Scotland.

Let’s check who is Liz Truss:

Birth and Family: Truss was born on July 26, 1975, in Oxford to a Latin teacher at Bolton School and an emeritus professor of pure mathematics at the University of Leeds. In 2000, she married Hugh O’Leary, with whom she has two daughters.

Education: In the Roundhay neighbourhood of Leeds, Truss attended Roundhay School. She earned her degree in 1996 after studying philosophy, politics, and economics at Merton College in Oxford.

Professional Career: Her professional career began in 1999 when she became a Chartered Management Accountant (ACMA). Later, she worked with Cable & Wireless, where she attained the position of economic director until leaving in 2005. She then ran in two elections but lost, after which she was hired as Reform’s deputy director on a full-time basis in January 2008.

Political career: Truss presided over the Lewisham Deptford Conservative Association from 1998 to 2000. was chosen in the 2006 Greenwich London Borough Council election to serve as a councillor for Eltham South.

Parliamentary career: On May 6, 2010, she was elected to the House of Commons. On September 4, 2012, Truss was appointed to serve as the Department of Education’s Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State.

Along with this, she was given control over evaluation, curriculum change, credentials, behaviour and attendance, and a study of school nutrition.

Truss replaced Owen Paterson as Secretary of State for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs on July 15, 2014, following a cabinet shuffle.

In Theresa May’s first cabinet, she was appointed as Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice in 2016. With this, she became the first woman in the 1,000-year history of the office to hold either role or serve as Lord Chancellor.

On July 11th, Truss was promoted to the role of Chief Secretary of the Treasury following the 2017 British general elections. Truss only stated in 2019 that she might run for the Conservative Party leadership to follow May, but she supported Boris Johnson.

She was given the job of Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade in exchange for her backing of Boris Johnson. Truss was also named Minister for Women and Equalities after Amber Rudd resigned from the Boris Johnson administration.

Johnson elevated Truss from the position of Secretary of International Trade to Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Affairs during the 2021 Cabinet reorganisation. She succeeded Margaret Beckett as the second woman to hold the position.

On July 10, 2022, Truss declared her intention to contest for the leadership of the Conservative Party as various scandals dogged British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and ultimately led to his resignation.

When running for office, she pledged to slash taxes right away and combat the nation’s soaring inflation. The majority of the leaders of the ruling Conservative Party who have backed her during her campaign have been particularly interested in her views on free trade.