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Liz Truss: What You Should know About New UK Prime Minister

has been named as Boris Johnson’s replacement as prime minister of the United Kingdom, effective immediately after his resignation.

Over 170,000 Conservative members, or a tiny portion of the electorate in Britain, participated in a summer-long election, and the foreign secretary ultimately defeated former finance minister Rishi Sunak by a margin of roughly 57% to 43%.

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As the third female prime minister of the UK after Theresa May and Margaret Thatcher, she will have to deal with Britain’s worst economic crisis in decades after winning the race for the conservative party leadership.

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On Tuesday, Truss (Johnson’s replacement) will officially assume office after Johnson gives Queen his letter of resignation.

Early years and professional career of  Liz Truss

Liz Truss was born on July 26, 1975, in Oxford, England, to Priscilla Mary Truss, a nurse, teacher, and supporter of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, and John Kenneth Truss, an emeritus professor of pure mathematics at the University of Leeds.

The family moved to Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland when she was four years old. They lived there from 1979 to 1985. She attended West Primary School there before transferring to Round hay School in the Round hay neighbourhood of Leeds.

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Before being accepted to study Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at Merton College in Oxford, Truss spent a year living and studying in Canada. She earned her degree there in 1996.

Her dedication to the Liberal Democrats throughout her time in school led to her being elected as the president of the Oxford University Liberal Democrats and a representative on the national executive committee of the Liberal Democrat Youth and Students (LDYS).

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From 1996 to 2000, Truss was employed by Shell, and in 1999, she earned her Chartered Management Accountant (ACMA) designation.

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Prior to departing in 2005, she advanced to the position of economic director while working at Cable & Wireless.

After losing her first two elections, she joined Reform as a full-time deputy director in January 2008 and began promoting higher academic standards in schools, a stronger emphasis on combating serious and organized crime, as well as the need for immediate action to address Britain’s declining competitiveness.

She is a co-author of several books, including Back to Black: Budget 2009 Paper, Fit for Purpose, A New Level, and The Value of Mathematics.

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Liz Truss- Political Career

Truss led the Lewisham Conservative Association as its chair from 1998 to 2000.

She ran for the Vanbrugh ward on the Greenwich London Borough Council in 1998 and the Blackheath Westcombe seat in 2002, both unsuccessfully.

She won the Eltham South seat in the Greenwich London Borough Council election on May 4, 2006.

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Truss ran for the West Yorkshire constituency of Harmsworth in the 2001 general election. It was a safe seat for the Labour Party, and she finished a distant second, but she increased the Conservative vote by 4%.

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Members of the constituency Conservative Association chose her for the South West Norfolk seat in October 2009, and she defeated five other candidates in the first round of the election with more than 50% of the vote.

Due to her inability to disclose a former romance with married Conservative MP Mark Field, numerous constituency association members voiced their objections to her selection shortly after she was chosen.

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A resolution to withdraw Truss’ candidacy was put out, but it was rejected by 132 votes to 37 in the association’s general meeting three weeks later.

On May 6, 2010, she ran a campaign for causes that included keeping the RAF Tornado base at RAF Marham in her district. Over the course of seven months, she secured a special discussion, wrote scores of letters to ministers, posed 13 questions in the Commons about RAF Marham, and gathered signatures for a petition that was delivered to Downing Street.

Truss was given the opportunity to advance some of the policy objectives she had pursued as a backbencher when she was appointed on September 4, 2012, as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Education, where she was also given responsibility for assessment, qualifications and curriculum reform, behaviour and attendance, and school food review.

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Owen Paterson was replaced as Secretary of State for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs by Truss amid a cabinet reorganisation in July 2014.

Liz Truss stated that she firmly thought that climate change was occurring and that humans were responsible for it, in apparent contrast to her predecessor.

By November 2014, she had introduced a new 10-year bee and pollinator strategy to try to halt the decline in bee populations.

This strategy includes a plan to rehabilitate traditional meadows, which are the most fertile habitat for pollinators.

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In July 2015, she approved the temporary lifting of a limited EU ban on the use of two neonicotinoid pesticides, allowing their use for 120 days on about 5% of England’s oil seed rape crop to

On July 14, 2016, Theresa May appointed Truss to her first ministry as the Secretary of State for Justice and Lord Chancellor.

In the 1,000-year history of the office, she was the first woman to hold either role and the first female Lord Chancellor.

Even while Lord Faulks, the former minister of state for justice, who later quit the government, criticised May’s choice to nominate her, she did so because she questioned if Truss would have the power to challenge the Prime Minister when necessary on behalf of the judges.

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Following the general election, Truss was demoted on June 11, 2017, to the role of Chief Secretary to the Treasury, attending cabinet meetings but not holding a full membership.

Truss presented the Trade Act 2021 to Parliament on March 19, 2020, creating the necessary legal framework for the UK to negotiate trade agreements with other countries.

Liz  Truss became the second woman to hold the job after Margaret Beckett on September 15, 2021, when she was promoted from International Trade Secretary to Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Affairs during a cabinet reshuffle.

Truss made her intention to challenge Boris Johnson for the position of Conservative Party leader public on July 10, 2022.

That is the latest foreign News Today on Liz Truss

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