Liz Truss Age, Husband, Children, Family, Biography & More
|Full name||Mary Elizabeth Truss|
|Names earned||• Miss Dynamite Eastern Daily Press
• Human hand grenade Eastern Daily Press
|Known for||• On 6 September 2022, she became the 56th Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
• She became the 3rd Prime Minister of the UK after Margaret Thatcher and Theresa May.
|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 the 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.
• On 5 September 2022, she assumed the office of the Leader of the Conservative Party.
• On 5 September 2022, she defeated Rishi Sunak in the Tory leadership contest; Truss earned 57% of valid votes cast. BBC
• On 6 September 2022, after becoming the 56th Prime Minister of Engalnd, she gave her speech in front of her house at Downing Street in London.
• On 20 October 2022, she resigned as Prime Minister after 45 days in the job; the resignation came after Tory revolt. BBC
|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|
|Controversy||In 2019, Liz went on a trade tour to Australia, New Zealand, and Japan. Reportedly, for this trip, she hired a professional photographer to take her pictures, who was paid from the money belonged to the taxpayers. A picture of 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||Hugh O'Leary, British accountant and Finance director
|Children||She has two daughters named Liberty and Frances. Metro
|Parents||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 Evening Standard||• A house in the market town of Thetford, Norfolk. It is her main residence.
• A three-bedroom house located 30 miles from Norwich
• A property in London Evening Standard
|Net Worth (approx.)||£8.4million (as of July 2022) Express|
Some Lesser Known Facts About Liz Truss
- Liz Truss is a British politician, who became the 56th Prime Minister of the United Kingdom in September 2022. Earlier, she held many key positions in the UK government, including Foreign Secretary, a post that she held from 2021 to 2022. On 20 October 2022, she resigned as Prime Minister after Tory MPs rebelled in a chaotic parliamentary vote. BBC
- 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
- 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, she recalled this and 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 dated each other from January 2004 to 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, this wasn’t the case with Liz as she saved her marriage from divorce. 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, Liz managed to save her MP seat; she secured 132 votes, while her opponents secured only 37 votes.
- 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.
- In 2011, she wrote a paper for Education Policy Institute (EPI), an education policy think tank in Central London. In the paper, she wrote how students, that belonged to low-income families, were not given the opportunity to have high-paying jobs, and how stopping biased culture against serious academic subjects in the education system could improve social mobility. In the next year, she wrote about the replacements that were done regarding the system of childcare market in Britain.
- 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.”
- 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 followed to become brilliant students in mathematics.
- 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; some crashes caused several 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 were finding it hard to deal with the cost of living. After the resignation of Boris Johnson, Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak became the frontrunners to become the Prime Minister of England. Several debates took place between both 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.
- 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. Liz promised that 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 some media reports, although Liz is a supporter of LGBTQ+ rights and has voted for gay marriage, her views on transgender rights are different as she thinks that there should be limitations on transgender rights. According to her, medical check-ups are necessary for transgender people to identify themselves. In February 2022, she wrote a letter to Equalities and Human Rights Commission. 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
- Reportedly, Liz is known to clear out the blockages that are created by the bureaucrats in any department she is transferred to, and this has 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.
- In 2019, Liz was interviewed by YOU magazine and was also featured on its cover page.
- After Liz Truss became the 56th Prime Minister of England, Queen Elizabeth invited her to form a new government on 6 September 2022.
- The Government formed by Liz Truss is the first government in the UK without a white man holding the top 4 offices of the state. Kwasi Kwarteng as Chancellor, Suella Braverman as Home Secretary, James Cleverly as Foreign Secretary, and Therese Coffey as Deputy Prime Minister and Health Secretary. BBC News
- In October 2022, she had to apologise for the tumultuous first few weeks of her leadership that involved some of the most dramatic U-turns in British politics. After she sacked her close ally Kwasi Kwarteng, her entire tax-cutting agenda was reversed by her new Chancellor, Jeremy Hunt. In September 2022, Truss and Kwarteng unveiled 45 billion pounds of unfunded tax cuts to snap the economy out of stagnation; however, it received a brutal response from bond investors that caused borrowing costs to surge, and lenders pulled mortgage offers following which the Bank of England stepped in to stop pension funds going under. These events caused investor confidence to evaporate and her poll ratings to plunge, and she had to apologise for “mistakes” in her programme. She said,
I do want to accept responsibility and say sorry for the mistakes that have been made.”
- On 20 October 2022, she had to resign as Prime Minister amid political turmoil that engulfed her government following the ditching of most of her economic policies. Following her resignation, Liz Truss became the shortest-serving PM in British history. In a speech outside Downing Street, she said,
I recognise that I cannot deliver the mandate on which I was elected by the Conservative Party.” BBC