Hometown: Oxford, England
Age: 47 Years
Husband: Hugh O’Leary
|Real name/Full name||Mary Elizabeth Truss|
|Names earned||• Miss Dynamite Eastern Daily Press
• Human hand grenade Eastern Daily Press
|Physical Stats & More|
|Height (approx.)||in centimeters– 168 cm
in meters– 1.68 m
in feet & inches– 5’ 6”
|Weight (approx.)||in kilograms– 60 kg
in pounds– 132 lbs
|Hair Colour||Extra light beige blonde|
|Political Party||Conservative Party (1996-present)|
|Political Journey||• In 1996, she joined Conservative Party.
• She was appointed as the Chairperson of Lewisham Deptford Conservative Association (1998-2000).
• In 2006, the party elected her as a councillor for Eltham South in Greenwich.
• She became the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Education on 4 September 2012.
• On 15 July 2014, she was appointed as the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
• She was appointed as the Secretary of State for Justice and Lord Chancellor on 14 July 2016.
• In June 2017, she was chosen as the Chief Secretary to the Treasury.
• In 2019, she was appointed as the Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade.
• On 15 September 2021, she became the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Affairs.
|Date of Birth||26 July 1975 (Saturday)|
|Age (as of 2022)||47 Years|
|School||• West Primary School in Paisley, Renfrewshire
• Roundhay School in the Roundhay area of Leeds, England
• Parkcrest School, Canada
|College/University||Merton College, University of Oxford. England|
|Educational Qualification||Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from Merton College Independent|
|Address (official)||House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA Conservatives|
|Controversies||• In 2019, Liz went on a trade tour to Australia, New Zealand, and Japan. For this trip of hers, she hired a professional photographer to take her pictures, who was paid from the money belonged to the taxpayers. A picture to her getting clicked in front of the Sydney Harbour Bridge under the pouring rain while sitting on London-manufatured Brompton bicycle and holding an umbrella went viral on social media. Reportedly, the personal photographer cost more than £2,500 to take these photos. It was also revealed under the Freedom of Information Act that her PR-related activities cost £1,190. BuzzFeed News|
|Relationships & More|
|Affairs/Boyfriends||Mark Field, former Tory MP (2004-2005)|
|Marriage Date||Year, 2000|
|Husband/Spouse||Hugh O’Leary, Finance Director|
|Children||She has two daughters named Liberty and Frances. Metro|
Father– John Kenneth Truss (professor of pure mathematics at the University of Leeds)
Mother– Priscilla Mary Truss (nurse, teacher, and member of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament)
|Siblings||She has three younger brothers.|
|Assets/Properties||• A family home in the market town of Thetford, Norfolk. It is her main residence.
• A three-bedroom detached house located 30 miles from Norwich
• A property in London Evening Standard
|Net Worth (approx.)||£8.4million Express|
Some Lesser Known Facts About Liz Truss
- Liz Truss is a British politician, who is a running candidate for the 2022 Conservative Party leadership elections to become the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
- She belongs to a Christian family in England. At the age of 4, she moved to Scotland with her parents. Everyone at home used to call her by her middle name Elizabeth when she was a child. YOU
A childhood photo of Liz at the age of 12
- While living in Scotland, her parents took her to an anti-nuclear and anti-Thatcher protest when she was a kid. Every protestor chanted a particular slogan while marching against the Tory government. Liz also copied them and chanted the slogan in a Scottish accent. In an interview, remembering this memory from her childhood, she said,
I remember standing in the Paisley piazza and we were chanting that slogan and other slogans. It was in Scottish so it was ‘Maggie, Maggie, Maggie, oot, oot, oot.’” Daily Record
- When she attended Merton college in England, she became a supporter of Liberal Democrats. She was the president of Oxford University Liberal Democrats and became a member of the National Executive Committee of Liberal Democrat Youth and Students. She gave a speech at the 1994 Liberal Democrat Federal Conference. She stood up in the support of the legalisation of cannabis and the abolition of the monarchy.
- Liz began to work in the corporate sector in 1996. She worked at the British oil and gas company, Shell for 4 years till 2000. She became a certified Chartered Management Accountant (ACMA) in 1999. She joined a British telecommunications company, Cable & Wireless in 2000. She became the economic director of the company before she left it in 2005. She became the full-time deputy director of a research trust called Reform in 2008. At Reform, she co-authored several reports including The Value of Mathematics and A New Level.
- She met her husband, Hugh O’Leary, for the first time at the Conservative party Conference in 1997, who was also her fellow accountant.
- According to sources, Liz had an 18-month long relationship with former Tory MP, Mark Field. They began to date each other in 2004 till June 2005. After the news of their relationship got public, Mark Field went through a divorce in 2006 after a marriage of 12 years. However, Liz’s marriage did not break. Express
- Liz became the chairperson of the Lewisham Deptford Conservative Association in 1998. In 2006, she became the councillor for Eltham South in Greenwich but she resigned from the position before the end of her term, which was about to take place in 2010.
- In 2009, Liz was selected for the South West Norfolk seat by members of the constituency Conservative Association. In the first round of elections, she won 50% of the votes; however, when the news about Liz and Conservative MP Mark Field’s affair surfaced, her selection for the post was opposed by some members of the constituency association. Three weeks later, at a general meeting of the association’s members, a decision was made regarding Liz’s candidacy but lost by 132 votes to 37.
- In 2011, she successfully persuaded the government for converting the A11 trunk road into a dual carriageway. In an interview, she said,
My constituents were delighted to hear in the autumn Comprehensive Spending Review that the final stretch of the A11 was to be dualled. This will have a magnificent impact on economic growth in the county and local businesses. Yet we are still to hear exactly when this major work will take place.” Eastern Daily Press
- In 2011, She played a major role in protecting Thetford Forest from selling out, which comes under Forestry Commission land. With the help of other Parliamentarians and council leaders, she urged Defra secretary of State, Caroline Spelman, to give Thetford Forest the status of a Heritage Forest.
- She wrote a paper for Education Policy Institute (EPI) in 2011, which is an education policy think tank. In the paper. she wrote about how students that belong to low-income families are not given the opportunity to have high-paying jobs and how stopping biased culture against serious academic subjects in the education system can improve social mobility. In the next year, she wrote about the replacements that are done regarding the system of childcare market in Britain.
Liz speaking at the policy exchange about why freedom is the key to British success on 30 January 2018
- In 2011, she founded a group titled Free Enterprise Group with the help of more than 40 other Conservative MPs. She was the co-author of the book “After the Coalition” in September 2011 with four other members of the Free Enterprise Group. Liz wrote another book titled “Britannia Unchained,” with the same four members of the group, published in 2012. The publisher promoted the book as the work of “the Conservative Party’s rising stars.”
Cover page of the book ‘Britannia Unchained’
- In September 2012, when Liz was appointed as the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Education, she visited Shanghai in China to visit the schools and teacher-training centres to see what learning techniques the children follow to become the world’s top mathematicians.
- In 2013, Liz prevented the building of a waste incinerator at King’s Lynn by convincing the government to withdraw its grant to the county council. In the same year, Liz visited the road junction of the A47 after hearing about a large number of crashes that occurred at the Road junction of the A47 trunk road, including several resulting in deaths and serious injuries. Later, she began a campaign for design improvements and was positively received by the Department for Transport. She played a key role in preventing accidents on the A47 road, which made Liz, South West Norfolk MP, the Road Safety Parliamentarian of the Month by road safety charity Brake.
- On 10 July 2022, Liz announced to participate in the 2022 elections to become the Prime Minister of the UK after Boris Johnson‘s resignation from the position of Prime Minister of the UK. She pledged that if she became the Prime Minister, she would decrease the taxes from the first day of her tenure and help people who are finding it hard to deal with the cost of living. After the resignation of Boris Johnson, Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak both became the frontrunners to become the Prime Minister of England. Several debates took place between both the candidates in which they opposed each other. In one similar debate on a news channel, while Liz was speaking, Kate McCann, the debate moderator, fainted on stage due to which the debate had to be ceased, simultaneously.
- At the 2022 Bermingham Commonwealth Games, Liz as the candidate for the position of the Prime Minister of the UK made a statement regarding trade agreements. Her government would promote trade with other commonwealth countries under the ‘New Commonwealth Deal.’ She said,
As one of the largest groups of freedom-loving democracies, we must ensure there are clear benefits to remaining a member of the Commonwealth and offer nations a clear alternative to the growing malign influence from Beijing.” The Hindu
- According to news agencies, Liz is a supporter of LGBTQ+ rights and has voted for gay marriage, but put limitations on transgender rights. According to her, only women have a cervix and medical check-ups are necessary for transgender people to identify themselves. In February 2022, she wrote a letter to Equalities and Human Rights. In the letter, she wrote,
The Equality Act makes it clear that providers have the right to restrict the use of spaces on the basis of sex as currently takes place. The Government has no interest in changing the current situation where transgender people are able to use facilities of their chosen gender. I very much support your attempts to correct the record and know that you will be seeking to engage and reassure LGBT groups on these issues privately too.” The i
The letter written by Liz to Equalities and Human Rights Commission
- Reportedly, Liz is known to clear out the blockages that are created by the bureaucrats in any department she is transferred to. This quality of hers earned her titles like “Miss Dynamite” and the “human hand grenade.” Eastern Daily Press
- Her three-bedroom detached residence, which is located 30 miles away from Norwich, is the place where the famous TV series Dad’s Army (1968-1977) was filmed.
- Liz loves baking and is an expert at making cinnamon buns and croissants. YOU
Liz making Christmas pudding
- In 2019, Liz was interviewed by YOU magazine and was also featured on its cover page.
Liz on the cover page of YOU magazine
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