Inside Liz Truss’ background and education as PM race continues
Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss are going head to head to become the Conservative party’s next leader following Boris Johnson’s resignation earlier this month.
Penny Mordaunt was eliminated from the race on Wednesday (July 20th), with Chancellor Rishi topping the fourth ballot and Liz Truss following behind.
Five other MPs have already been voted out of the race by Tory MPs: Kemi Badenoch, Tom Tugendhat, Suella Braverman, Nadhim Zahawi and Jeremy Hunt.
The country’s new prime minister will be announced in early September and the pair have already begun their campaigns.
Read on to find out more about potential PM Liz Truss, including her background and education…
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Liz Truss was born in Oxford
The 46-year-old, who has been MP for South West Norfolk since 2010, was born in Oxford but her family moved to Scotland when she was just four years old.
Her father is an emeritus professor of pure mathematics as the University of Leeds and her mother was a nurse, teacher and member of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament.
Both of her parents are strong left-wing Labour supporters and she has previously opened up about how her father wouldn’t support her when she took for election to Parliament as a Conservative.
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Inside her education
The MP attended West Primary School in Paisley, Renfrewshire in Scotland then moved to Leeds and went to Roundhay School.
After that, she lived in Canada for a year before attending Oxford’s Merton College where she read Philosophy, Politics and Economics.
Whilst at university, she was president of Oxford’s Liberal Democrats and a member of the national executive committee of Liberal Democrat Youth and Students.
After graduating in 1996, Truss worked for Shell as a management accountant, then became economic director Cable & Wireless at Reform before becoming deputy director of the think tank Reform.
Following university, she also changed her political alliance to the Conservative party.
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The MPs political career
Liz Truss served as the chair of the Lewisham Deptford Conservative Association from 1998 to 2000 and was then elected as a councillor for Eltham South in Greenwich in 2006.
After failing to gain a seat in Hemswoth and Calder Valley, the 46-year-old was selected for the South West Norfolk Seat which she won in 2010 and has held ever since.
She served as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Childcare and Education from 2012 to 2014 in David Cameron’s government before becoming Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
Theresa May then appointed her as Secretary of State for Justice in 2016 and Lord Chancellor and Chief Secretary to the Treasury in 2017.
After Boris Johnson became prime minister, she was then appointed as Secretary of State for International Trade and president of the Board of Trade.
In December 2021, the MP replaced Dominic Raab as Foreign Secretary, the ministerial position which she currently holds alongside Minister for Women and Equalities.
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