Who is Liz Truss? | The Sun

LIZ TRUSS has been appointed the new UK prime minister after beating rival Rishi Sunak by 57 per cent of the vote.

She is now the third female prime minister in history. Here's a look into the life of Britain's new prime minister and Tory leader as she enters Downing Street.

Who is Liz Truss?

Mary Elizabeth Truss born on July 26, 1975is the new UK prime minister – after winning the Conservative leadership contest on Monday, September 5, 2022.

She now goes by her middle name and is known as Liz Truss.

Prior to her appointment as PM Truss served as the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs since 2021.

She has also served as Minister for Women and Equalities since September 2019, and a Conservative MP for South West Norfolk since 2010.

Truss was born to left-wing parents and is the eldest of four siblings.

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During her education, Truss went on to study philosophy, politics and economics at Merton College, Oxford.

She launched a career as an economist and accountant before being elected as a councillor in Greenwich in 2006.

Truss describes herself "disruptor-in-chief" and someone who is "not afraid to speak her mind".

She also refers to herself as a "prolific tweeter" and is among the most followed government ministers on social media with 313.1k followers on Twitter and 53.3k on Instagram.

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Truss is also well known for her memorable speeches – especially the one where she spoke about cheese during her speech at the 2014 Conservative Party conference.

When did Liz Truss become Prime Minister?

Liz Truss was elected as the new UK prime minister on Monday, September 5, 2022 and well now take over from Boris Johnson.

She ran against fellow rival Rishi Sunak and won with 57 per cent of the vote.

Her husband Hugh O'Leary sat beside her when the winning news was announced.

Speaking in Westminster, whilst delivering her victory speech, Truss said: ''It's an honour to be elected as leader of the Conservative and Unionist Party.

''I'd like to thank the 1922 Committee, the party chairman, and the Conservative Party for organising one of the longest job interviews in history.

''Thank you very much. I'd also like to thank my family, my friends, my political colleagues, and all of those who helped on this campaign. I'm incredibly grateful for all of your support.

''I'd like to pay tribute to my fellow candidates, particularly Rishi Sunak. It's been a hard-fought campaign. I think we have shown the depth and breadth of talent in our Conservative party.

I also want to thank our outgoing leader, my friend, Boris Johnson. Boris, you got Brexit done. You crushed Jeremy Corbyn. You rolled out the vaccine and you stood up to Vladimir Putin. You are admired from Kyiv to Carlisle.''

Truss then went on to say: ''I will deliver on the energy crisis, dealing with people's energy bills, but also dealing with the long term issues we have on energy supply.

''And I will deliver on the National Health Service.''

How did Liz Truss vote on Brexit?

Truss is a hardline Brexiteer, she voted to leave the EU in the 2016 referendum.

As Foreign Secretary, she helped lay the groundwork for terminating participation in the Northern Ireland Protocol via legislation.

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Truss said: "I will fight the election as a Conservative and govern as a Conservative.

"Under my leadership, I would start cutting taxes from day one to take immediate action to help people deal with the cost of living."

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