Merck Foundation and African First Ladies marking World Cancer Day 2023 through 110 scholarships of Oncology Fellowships in 25 countriesRead more Supporting women leaders and aspirants to unleash their potentialRead more Fake medicines kill almost 500,000 sub-Saharan Africans a year: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) reportRead more Climate crisis and migration: Greta Thunberg supports International Organization for Migration (IOM) over ‘life and death’ issueRead more United Nations (UN) Convenes Lake Chad Countries, Amid Growing Regional CrisisRead more 11 Disruptive Startups Selected for Cohort 3 of the Africa Startup Initiative Program (ASIP) Accelerator Program powered by Startupbootcamp AfricaRead more Africa Data Centres breaks ground on new Sameer facility in NairobiRead more Coffee with a human face: A union that improves livelihoods for Ugandan farmersRead more Trends Predicted to drive the retail industry in 2023Read more Vantage Capital exits Pétro IvoireRead more

Who is UK’s new Prime Minister Liz Truss?

show caption
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - Foreign Secretary Liz Truss arrives at the Conservative Campaign Headquarters in Westminster after winning the Tory leadership contest in London, United Kingdom on September 05, 2022. (Wiktor Szymanowicz - Anadolu Agency)
Print Friendly and PDF

Sep 06, 2022 - 01:54 AM

LONDON (AA) – UK’s 56th prime minister LizTruss, 46, was born in Oxford, England to left-wing parents.

Her father was a university professor and her mother a nurse and teacher.

She studied philosophy, politics and economics (PPE) at Oxford University — the degree of choice for Britain’s political elite.

She was president of the Oxford University Liberal Democrats, the left-liberal party’s student branch.

She joined the Conservative Party after graduation.

Before politics, she worked for oil and gas company Shell and telecommunications company Cable & Wireless.

She is married with two children.

Political career

Truss was elected to the parliament in 2010, representing South West Norfolk. She served in a number of government positions under David Cameron’s premiership and was a high profile figure on the Remain side of the 2016 Brexit referendum.

Under Theresa May’s premiership, Truss was justice secretary, then chief secretary to the Treasury, who is second-in-command to the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

After May’s resignation and under Boris Johnson’s premiership, she was the international trade secretary and then foreign secretary, a position she still holds.

This makes her one of the Conservative government’s longest-serving and most senior Cabinet members.

In 2012, she co-authored a neoliberal book with some other Conservative Party colleagues called Britannia Unchained.

Truss has undergone a political evolution from Liberal Democrat to Conservative, and then from supporting Britain’s membership in the European Union to becoming one of the hardest-line Brexiteers in the Cabinet.

On social issues, she has also taken an increasingly strident stance against what she perceives as excessively progressive positions on issues such as race, sex and gender.

In Johnson’s government, she has often been compared to Margaret Thatcher, the iron lady. Truss has been spotted wearing similar clothes as Thatcher and recreating famous pictures, such as that of her riding in a tank.

She was an early adopter and avid user of social media.

Truss shot to national prominence — and popularity within her own party — as international trade secretary. She signed 63 rollover EU deals with various countries around the world and an updated EU deal with Japan as well as trade deals with Australia and New Zealand. In the eyes of an increasingly hardline Conservative Party membership, she was seen to be “getting Brexit done.” This is despite the trade deals with Australia and New Zealand being excoriated by British MPs and media for, they claim, harming British exporters, in particular British farmers.

Truss started slow in the Conservative leadership race but picked up momentum as she rallied the right wing of the party behind her, focusing her pitch on tax cuts and defending Johnson’s legacy — above all on Brexit. ​​​​​​​

Truss is the third female prime minister of the country after Margaret Thatcher and Theresa May.

  • bio
  • twitter
  • facebook
  • latest posts

MAORANDCITIES.COM uses both Facebook and Disqus comment systems to make it easier for you to contribute. We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles and blog posts. All comments should be relevant to the topic. By posting, you agree to our Privacy Policy. We are committed to maintaining a lively but civil forum for discussion, so we ask you to avoid personal attacks, name-calling, foul language or other inappropriate behavior. Please keep your comments relevant and respectful. By leaving the ‘Post to Facebook’ box selected – when using Facebook comment system – your comment will be published to your Facebook profile in addition to the space below. If you encounter a comment that is abusive, click the “X” in the upper right corner of the Facebook comment box to report spam or abuse. You can also email us.