Liz Truss, a.k.a. Mary Elizabeth Truss, is a British politician and the head of the Conservative Party. She is the new Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, having taken over from Boris Johnson who was forced to resign after series of scandals.
The politician’s birthdate is July 26, 1975. Considering her birthdate, she is currently 47 years old (as at 2022).
Truss wed fellow accountant Hugh O’Leary in 2000; the two are parents to two daughters.
She had an extramarital relationship with married MP Mark Field, who the Conservative Party had designated as her political mentor, from 2004 until mid-2005.
Her union with O’Leary did, however, remain intact.
Truss was president of the Oxford University Liberal Democrats and a student at Oxford’s Merton College. She earned her degree and joined the Conservative Party in 1996.
Career Before Politics
Truss worked at Shell from 1996 to 2000, during which time she earned her Chartered Management Accountant (ACMA) certification in 1999.
Truss started working with Cable & Wireless in 2000 and advanced to the position of economic director before departing in 2005.
Truss joined Reform as a full-time deputy director in January 2008 after losing her first two elections. There, she pushed for higher academic standards in schools, a stronger emphasis on combating serious and organized crime, and immediate action to address Britain’s declining competitiveness.
Among other studies, she coauthored Back To Black: Budget 2009 Paper, Fit for Purpose, A New Level, and The Value of Mathematics.
In the general election of 2010, Truss won the South West Norfolk district. She advocated for change as a backbencher in a number of policy areas, including childcare, mathematics instruction, and the economy.
She established the Free Enterprise Group of Conservative MPs and authored or co-authored a number of papers and books, including Britannia Unchained (2011) and After the Coalition (2011). (2012).
Prior to winning the position of UK PM, she had held the positions of Minister for Women and Equalities from 2019 and Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Affairs since 2021.
She is a Conservative Party member and has served as the South West Norfolk MP since 2010. Under Prime Ministers Theresa May, Boris Johnson, and David Cameron, she held a number of Cabinet positions.
Prior to being named by Cameron to the Cabinet as Secretary of State for the Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs during the 2014 cabinet reshuffle, Truss served as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Childcare and Education from 2012 to 2014.
She backed the Britain Stronger in Europe movement, which favored the UK’s continued membership in the EU, during the 2016 referendum, although she later backed Brexit.
Truss became the first female Lord Chancellor in the 1,000-year history of the position when she was appointed Secretary of State for Justice and Lord Chancellor by May following Cameron’s resignation in July 2016.
Truss was chosen to serve as the Treasury’s chief secretary after the 2017 presidential election. Truss endorsed Johnson’s ambition to lead the Conservatives when May announced her resignation in 2019.
Truss was given the positions of President of the Board of Trade and Secretary of State for International Trade by him.
In September 2019, she assumed the additional post of Minister for Women and Equalities. In the 2021 cabinet reshuffle, she transferred from the Department of International Trade to become Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Affairs. In December 2021, she was named the government’s principal negotiator with the EU and UK chair of the EU-UK Partnership Council.
Truss defeated Rishi Sunak to win the Conservative Party leadership election on September 5, 2022.
She will become the third woman to hold the office of prime minister when she takes office on September 6.
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