Meet the new Justice Secretary Liz TrussPosted: July 14, 2016
First female Lord Chancellor in almost 1,000 years
Liz Truss has replaced Michael Gove as Justice Secretary and become the first woman to hold the post of Lord Chancellor in 950 years.
The 40-year-old was raised in a left-wing household in Yorkshire, where her father was a professor of maths at the University of Leeds. She was a member of the Liberal Democrats as a student, but was elected Conservative MP for South West Norfolk in 2010.
Delighted to be appointed Secretary of State for Justice and Lord Chancellor. Looking forward to getting stuck in.
— Elizabeth Truss (@trussliz) July 14, 2016
Liz Truss’ career to date
- Remain: fought for Britain to remain in the EU during the referendum campaign
- Minister: she became the youngest female cabinet minister in British history when she was appointed Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs since July 2014. While there, she fought to protect bee populations, cut taxpayer subsidies for solar panels on agricultural land and campaigned for better rural broadband and rail networks. But she was not so popular with farmers due to the major failures in the roll-out of Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) payments.
- Junior Minister: she was one of the first of her intake to be made a minister when she was appointed as a junior childcare minister in the Department for Education.
- Justice Select Committee: she served as a member of the Justice Select Committee from March 2011 until September 2012.
- Market-friendly: she founded the Free Enterprise Group of Conservative MPs, which campaigns for economic reform and promotes profit-making enterprises. She has been linked to the “radical right,” promoting unfettered capitalism, scrapping all trade barriers and cutting the benefits cap.
- Right-wing think-tank: she was deputy director at think-tank Reform, which researches the UK’s public services, advocating rigorous academic standards in schools and criminal justice reform.
- Author: she co-authored a book entitled Britannia Unchained , making the case for Britain to follow the example of free-market economics in countries like Singapore and Canada, as well as implementing welfare cuts.
- Private sector: she worked as a commercial manager and economics director in the energy and telecommunications industry for a decade before becoming an MP.
- Oxbridge: she studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford University
Liz Truss loves cheese and pork in a viral way
Ms Truss is perhaps most famous for her enthusiastic endorsement of British cheese and pork during a speech in 2014. A video of the speech went viral and was featured on the BBC’s Have I Got News For You.
Reaction to the new Justice Secretary
Francis Crook, chief executive of the Howard League for Penal Reform, said: “We welcome today’s appointment. It will be up to her as his successor to continue on the direction of travel set by Mr Gove”.