Who is liz Truss? Everything You Wanted to Know About the Expected Forthcoming Prime Minister of the U.K.
The bitter summer campaigning is over, and Liz Truss is the clear favorite to succeed Boris Johnson as leader of the Conservative Party and prime minister of the United Kingdom. This marks the pinnacle of a political career marked by a swift ascent through the British political hierarchy and significant shifts in opinion. Here s what we know about Liz Truss so far.
Who is Liz Truss?
Right-wing Conservative Party politician Liz Truss is currently the front-runner to succeed scandal-plagued Boris Johnson as prime minister of Great Britain.
The 47-year-old joined Parliament in 2010, and by 2014, she had gotten used to her first cabinet job under David Cameron as secretary of state for agriculture, food, and rural affairs.
Since then, she has held several posts for Theresa May and Johnson. She was given the position of foreign secretary in 2021.
She was not always a conservative, though. As a teenager, she was a member of the centrist Liberal Democrats and was raised by left-leaning parents. At the age of 19, she argued for the overthrow of the monarchy.
Now, David Jeffery, lecturer in British politics at the University of Liverpool, told Al Jazeera that Truss is “on the Conservative party’s right, and she is an instinctive free-trade libertarian and is not a natural supporter of leveling up,” referring to a policy promoted by Johnson aimed at reducing inequality.
|Real Name||Mary Elizabeth Truss|
|Nick Name||Liz Truss|
|Date of Birth||26 July 1975|
|Place of Birth||Oxford, England|
|Father’s name||John Kenneth|
|Mother‘s name||Priscilla Mary Truss|
|Education||Graduate from Oxford University|
|Profession||Accountant and Politician|
|Special Achievements||First Female Secretary of State for Justice and Lord Chancellor in Theresa May’s first ministry|
Early Life of Liz Truss
July 26, 1975, saw the birth of Mary Elizabeth Truss in Oxford, England, to parents John Kenneth and Priscilla Mary Truss (née Grasby). Her middle name has been recognized since a young age.
Her mother, a nurse, a teacher, and a supporter of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, is the offspring of a Latin teacher who taught at Bolton School.
Her father is an emeritus professor of pure mathematics at the University of Leeds. According to Truss, her parents are “on the left of Labour”. Later, when Truss ran for Parliament as a Conservative, her mother agreed to run her campaign while her father declined.
When Truss was four years old, her family relocated to Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland. They stayed there from 1979 until 1985 when Truss attended West Primary School. Later, she attended Roundhay School in Leeds’ Roundhay neighborhood, which she claimed had “let down” students. She then resided in Canada for a year. In contrast to her experience at Roundhay School, Truss has lauded its coherent curriculum and the Canadian mindset that it was “very excellent to be top of the class”. She completed her philosophy, politics, and economics studies at Merton College in Oxford in 1996.
Within the Liberal Democrats, Truss was active. She served on the national executive committee of Liberal Democrat Youth and Students and as president of the Liberal Democrats at Oxford University (LDYS). Truss advocated against the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act of 1994 while she was a member of the Liberal Democrats, supporting the legalization of marijuana and the overthrow of the monarchy.
In 1996, Truss switched to the Conservative Party.
Personal life of Liz Truss
A fellow accountant named Hugh O’Leary and Truss were married in 2000; they are the parents of two girls. She had an extramarital relationship with married MP Mark Field, whom the Conservative Party designated her political mentor, from 2004 until mid-2005. Her union with O’Leary did, however, remain intact.
I share the values of the Christian faith and the Church of England, but I’m not a regularly attending religious person, Truss stated in 2022.
The professional and political career of Liz truss
Truss worked at Shell from 1996 to 2000, earning her Chartered Management Accountant (ACMA) certification in 1999. Truss started working with Cable & Wireless in 2000 and advanced to the economic director position 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.
From 1998 to 2000, Truss presided over the Lewisham Deptford Conservative Association. Truss ran unsuccessfully for the Vanbrugh ward in 1998 and the Greenwich London Borough Council in 2002. (in Blackheath Westcombe). In the Greenwich London Borough Council election on May 4, 2006, she was chosen to represent Eltham South as a councilor. Following the 2010 general election announcement on April 6, the dissolution of Parliament on April 12, and the deadline for submitting MP candidacy papers on April 20, Truss decided not to run for re-election to the council on May 6.
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