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Britain’s Prime Minister Liz Truss: What you need to know

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Liz Truss, at the moment Britain’s overseas secretary, will change into the United Kingdom’s 56th prime minister following the resignation of Boris Johnson in July.

Britain’s Conservative Get together introduced Monday that Truss defeated rival Rishi Sunak, the previous treasury secretary, in a management election, paving the way in which for Truss to change into Britain’s third feminine prime minister after Theresa Could and Margaret Thatcher.

Truss will change into Britain’s new Prime Minister after an viewers with Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II on Tuesday.

Right here’s what it’s good to find out about Britain’s new Conservative prime minister:

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Rising up in a ‘left-wing family’

Mary Elizabeth Truss was born in Oxford in 1975, the daughter of a math professor and a nurse.

Liz Truss and Conservative Get together chairman Andy Stephenson shake palms outdoors the Conservative Marketing campaign Headquarters (CCHQ) following the announcement that she is the brand new Conservative social gathering chief, and can change into the following Prime Minister, in London, on Monday.
(Kirsty O’Connor/PA by way of AP)

Her left-leaning dad and mom took her on anti-nuclear and anti-Thatcher protests as a toddler, the place she recalled shouting: “Maggie, Maggie, Maggie — out, out, out!”

Truss described in a 2018 speech that she started creating her personal political opinions early, “arguing in opposition to my socialist dad and mom in our left-wing family.”

Regardless of being the kid of left-wing dad and mom, Truss grew as much as be an admirer of Conservative Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

Comparisons to Margaret Thatcher 

As Britain’s third-ever feminine prime minister, the 47-year-old Truss has continuously been in comparison with the Iron Girl – as Conservative chief Margaret Thatcher was identified.

In this 1980 file photo, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher poses for a photograph in London. Truss has frequently been compared to Britain's Iron Lady.

On this 1980 file picture, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher poses for {a photograph} in London. Truss has continuously been in comparison with Britain’s Iron Girl.
(AP Picture/Gerald Penny, File)

Mark Littlewood, a libertarian commentator who has identified Truss since college, stated Britain’s new chief is much less a conservative than a “radical,” who — like Thatcher — needs to “roll again the intervention of the state” in folks’s lives.

David Legal guidelines, a former Cupboard minister who labored with Truss in authorities a decade in the past, recalled her as energetic and “mind-bogglingly formidable,” evaluating her in his memoir to “a younger Margaret Thatcher on velocity.”

Liz Truss most recently served as Britain's foreign secretary under Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Liz Truss most lately served as Britain’s overseas secretary underneath Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
(AP Picture/Rui Vieira, File)

Victoria Honeyman, affiliate professor of British politics on the College of Leeds, stated that by stressing her modest background, Truss is evoking comparisons to grocer’s daughter Thatcher – “the working-class woman accomplished good.”

Truss in Conservative politics

Truss, 47, was appointed overseas secretary, in September 2021 by Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

As Britain’s prime diplomat, Truss drew reward for securing the discharge of two British residents jailed in Iran, the place her predecessors had failed.

Liz Truss arrives at Conservative Central Office in Westminster after winning the Conservative Party leadership contest in London, on Monday. Truss will become Britain's new Prime Minister after an audience with Britain's Queen Elizabeth II on Tuesday.

Liz Truss arrives at Conservative Central Workplace in Westminster after successful the Conservative Get together management contest in London, on Monday. Truss will change into Britain’s new Prime Minister after an viewers with Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II on Tuesday.
(AP Picture/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

She was beforehand commerce secretary underneath Johnson and earlier than that served as justice secretary earlier than former Prime Minister Theresa Could demoted her to a extra junior function within the Treasury in 2017.

Truss served as an area councilor in London and ran unsuccessfully for Parliament twice earlier than being elected to signify the jap England seat of Southwest Norfolk in 2010.

Work earlier than politics

Earlier than getting into politics, Truss labored as an economist for power firm Shell and telecommunications agency Cable and Wi-fi. 

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She additionally labored for a right-of-center assume tank whereas turning into concerned in Conservative politics and championing free market Thatcherite views.

The Related Press contributed to this report.

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