On Monday, 5th September, Liz Truss was elected the Conservative Leader, taking over from Boris Johnson as the new Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. But, here are 15 facts about the Conservative Leader.
- 1. Truss was born on 26 July 1975 in Oxford, England, to John Kenneth and Priscilla Mary Truss.
2. She is currently serving as the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs since 2021 and Minister for Women and Equalities since 2019.
3. Truss attended Merton College, Oxford, and was President of Oxford University Liberal Democrats.
4. In 1996, she both graduated and joined the Conservative Party.
5. Truss served as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Childcare and Education from 2012 to 2014, before being appointed to the Cabinet by Cameron as Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in the 2014 cabinet reshuffle.
6. Though she was a supporter of the Britain Stronger in Europe campaign for the UK to remain in the European Union in the 2016 referendum, she supported Brexit after the result.
7. Truss was appointed Secretary of State for Justice and Lord Chancellor by May, becoming the first female Lord Chancellor in the thousand-year history of the office.
8. Following the 2017 general election, Truss was appointed Chief Secretary to the Treasury.
9. Truss served as the chair of the Lewisham Deptford Conservative Association from 1998 to 2000.
10. She took on the additional role of Minister for Women and Equalities in September 2019.
11. She was appointed the Government’s chief negotiator with the European Union and UK chair of the EU–UK Partnership Council in December 2021.
12. Truss is now the third woman to become UK’s Prime Minister after Margaret Thatcher and Theresa May.