Who is Liz Truss? Know About UK’s Shortest-Serving Prime Minister

Former PM George Canning was the shortest-serving PM who got the chance to be in office for 119 days before his sad demise in August 1827. Now, Liz Truss has earned the reputation of shortest-serving Prime Minister after she resigned from the position only after 45 days in office.

After replacing Boris Johnson as PM, Ms Truss won by 81,326 votes against his competitor, Rishi Sunak’s 60,399 votes. The leader of the Conservative Party saw a slow decline in her popularity. The British politician was the third-ever woman prime minister that the United Kingdom had after Margaret Thatcher and Theresa May. 

However, there has been a lot of controversy surrounding Liz Truss since even after former PM Boris Johnson was ejected from his office, Truss chose to be loyal to him at some point. Truss was later questioned for fuel inflation, increased mortgage rates and turmoil in the economy of Britain.

With so many issues during her term, Liz Truss has now become the shortest-serving prime minister. But who is Liz Truss and how has been her journey so far? Let us dig deeper into her life history.

Who is Liz Truss?

On 26th July 1975, Liz Truss was born in Oxford. Her father was a brilliant maths professor whereas her mother was a nurse. As a matter of fact, her mother was an active part of the marches for the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament.

Her family always stood for what is right for the nation. At the age of four, her family relocated to Paisley which was situated west of Glasgow. They then relocated to Leeds and she studied at the Roundhay school. 

Who Power Succeed Liz Truss As UK Prime Minister (1)
Who Power Succeed Liz Truss As UK Prime Minister

She was admired by students at her school and one of her school mates once said to BBC, “I remember a school trip to Sellafield and her asking difficult questions and giving them a grilling. I remember that quite distinctly.”

Later Liz Truss went to Oxford University where he learned more about politics, economics and philosophy. Even during her time in college, she would devote her time to politics.

Liz Truss’s Political Journey

Though the Prime Minister is now a proud Conservative, Liz Truss actually started her political career as a Scottish liberal. Since her college days, she has been active in politics and even became the president of the university’s Liberal Democrats.

She has always been vocal about her opinions throughout her career. During a 1994 conference about abolishing the monarchy, she said, “We Liberal Democrats believe in opportunity for all. We do not believe people are born to rule.”

She also actively took part to try to decriminalize cannabis. In 1999, she started her career as a Chartered Management Accountant (ACMA). She used to work at Cable & Wireless and after her hard work, she secured the position of economic director.

In 2005, she quit the company. Between the years of 1998 and 2000, she was given the chair of the Lewisham Deptford Conservative Association. After that, she competed in two elections but lost both times.

In 2006, Truss was appointed as the councillor for Eltham South in the Greenwich London Borough Council election. By January 2008 she was appointed as the acting full-time deputy director of Reform.

However, her main parliamentary career was initiated back in 2010 when she got the majority vote to become a part of the House of Commons. Liz Truss has played many significant roles and portfolios starting from then. And history was made when Liz Truss became the female Lord Chancellor in 2016.

Liz always showed her immense support to former PM Boris Johnson. After that, she became the Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade. Then post the cabinet reshuffling in 2021, she got another major promotion and went from International Trade Secretary to Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs.

This was another major achievement since she was the only woman after Margaret Beckett to be honoured with this role.  In 2022, Boris Johnson was removed from his service as Prime Minister. So, after re-election, Liz Truss won against Rishi Sunak and became the new Prime Minister of the UK on 5th September 2022.

Liz Truss Promises Energy Plan
Liz Truss Promises Energy Plan

But the journey was not easy for her. The business giants demanded immediate action to the high energy cost and tight labour markets. Truss promised to handle the crisis but failed. Now, PM Liz Truss has become the shortest-serving prime minister after resigning from her post.

Though Liz Truss is no longer the prime minister, she has the support of her husband Hugh O’Leary whom she married in 2000. She has two beautiful daughters and they are always proud of their mom. So, even after she failed governance, we wish Liz Truss the best of luck for her future. 

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