Because they are vying to become the next Prime Minister of the United Kingdom to follow Boris Johnson, Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak have been making headlines everywhere. Liz Truss, the third woman to hold the position of prime minister in British history, won the election by defeating Sunak.
Liz Truss: Who Is She?
Mary Elizabeth Truss is the full name of Truss. She is currently serving as the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Affairs. She is a British politician. Since 2019, she has served as the minister of women’s and equal rights.
The 47-year-old Conservative Party member held numerous positions in the administrations of former Prime Ministers Boris Johnson, Theresa May, and David Cameron.
Truss, who was born in England, has resided in Canada and Scotland. In 1996, she received her degree from Oxford’s Merton College.
She advocated legalizing marijuana and ran an anti-Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 campaign while serving as president of Oxford University’s Liberal Democrats.
Worked as a Chartered Management Accountant
Truss earned her Chartered Management Accountant (ACMA) designation in 1999. She worked her way up the corporate ladder at British telecom business Cable & Wireless to become the organization’s economic director.
She later collaborated on several reports, including Fit For Purpose, The Value of Mathematics, Back to Black: Budget 2009 Paper, A New Level, and others.
Liz Truss Political Career
When Truss ran for the West Yorkshire constituency of Hemsworth in 2001, she began her political career. Even though she lost, the Conservative party recorded a 4% increase in votes.
She rose to become a key figure in the party under David Cameron. She received more than 50% of the votes cast in favor of her in 2009, winning the South West Norfolk seat.
She published numerous papers in 2011 and spearheaded campaigns to improve math instruction. Truss served as the Department of Education’s Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in 2012. Later, she provided details on initiatives to modernize childcare in England. Many organizations embraced her suggestions.
In 2014, Truss advanced to the position of Secretary of State for Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs. She sided with environmentalists and asserted that “humans have contributed to climate change.”
She was one of only two cabinet members to vote against requiring plain packaging for cigarettes in 2015. In Theresa May’s first administration, Truss was appointed Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice in 2016.
Truss was chosen for the role of Chief Secretary to the Treasury during the 2017 midterm elections. The Conservative leader was appointed Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Affairs after holding numerous other jobs in between.
2022 UK Elections
She will soon become Britain’s third female prime minister.
If elected, she has pledged, “I plan to set forth swift action on energy bills and energy supply during the first week of my new administration.”