In the race to become the next prime minister of Britain, Liz Truss defeated Rishi Sunak. After a summer-long internal campaign ignited by Boris Johnson’s departure in July, she defeated her opponent by 81,326 votes to 60,399 votes. After winning the leadership contest, she vowed to move on with her plans to slash taxes and address the escalating energy issue.
Truss, who has long been the front-runner in the campaign to succeed Johnson, will become the fourth prime minister from the Conservatives since the 2015 election. Over that time, the nation has been tossed from crisis to crisis, and now faces what is expected to be a protracted recession brought on by skyrocketing inflation that peaked in July at 10.1%. Liz, as the new PM, has to face the upcoming headwinds. In this context, let’s know more about the third woman PM of the UK.
Liz Truss was born in Oxford, England, in 1975 under the full name Mary Elizabeth Truss. Her mother was a nurse, whereas her father taught mathematics. Liz claims in the BBC story that her parents are advocates of the Left. Liz, though, is a fan of Britain’s conservative philosophy, which is the most intriguing development.
Liz’s mother’s involvement in the anti-Thatcher government campaign for nuclear disarmament from 1981 to 1983 is another intriguing facet of her childhood. Her mother was an ardent participant in a group that vehemently opposed the US government’s installation of nuclear weapons in West London.
Liz earned degrees in philosophy, politics, and economics from the esteemed University of Oxford in the United Kingdom.
She began working as an accountant for a cable firm after completing her studies in 2000. There, she wed her coworker Hugh O’Leary. They have two children. She formally began her political career the very next year after getting married.
She argued for the elimination of the monarchy in Britain at the Democrats Party conference in 1994, according to BBC reports. She reportedly remarked, “I don’t believe in monarchy, we Liberal Democrats believe that everyone should have equality of opportunity, I don’t believe in the idea,” in an excerpt from her address that was published by the BBC.
She ran for office for the first time as a Conservative Party representative from Hemsworth, West Yorkshire, but lost. She ran from West Yorkshire again in 2005 but was also unsuccessful there. This was the time when Liz was continuously failing in her attempts to pursue a career in politics.
When examining Liz’s politics, it appears that as time has gone on, she has altered her political ideologies, her political parties, and her political beliefs. For instance, Liz, a Labor Party member and supporter of left-wing ideology, switched to the Liberal Democratic Party and its philosophy while attending Oxford. Later, after dropping out of college, she improved her political career by joining the Conservative Party, a party with a conservative ethos.
David Cameron, the leader of the Conservative Party, chose her to represent the party’s reserved seat in South-West Norfolk in the 2010 elections. With more than 13,000 votes in this seat, Truss scored the first political victory of her career.
She originally assumed the role of Education Minister in 2012, the year she was elected to the House of Representatives. Liz assumed control of the Environment Ministry in 2014 and made a number of significant decisions.
Consistently opposed BREXIT:
One of the most vociferous opponents of Brexit is Liz Truss. She was appointed Justice Secretary in the Theresa May administration in 2016. She held the position of Chief Secretary for the Ministry of Finance as well. Boris Johnson appointed her Minister of International Trade after taking office as Prime Minister in the year 2019.