Liz Truss is UK New Prime Minister. The Queen Will Formally Appoint Her on September 6

The United Kingdom has a new Prime Minister! 

The Conservative Party members of the United Kingdom chose Liz Truss over Rishi Sunak. Truss will replace Boris Johnson, who was forced to step down due to a series of scandals his leadership got involved in.

Liz Truss, 47, will be formally appointed by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, tomorrow, September 6, 2022. The Queen is currently in Balmoral Castle for her summer break.

Queen Elizabeth II will appoint Liz Truss as new PM
Queen Elizabeth II is currently in Balmoral, Scotland

Due to the Queen's mobility issues she could not come to London to formally receive the new Prime Minister in Buckingham Palace, thus, Truss will travel to Scotland for the formal appointment from the monarch. She will be accompanied by the outgoing Prime Minster, Boris Johnson.

Her rival to replace Johnson, Rishi Sunak, was the former Chancellor of the Exchequer whose resignation in July this year triggered the messy ouster of Johnson. 

Liz Truss wins UK prime minister
Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss

Truss' victory by a margin of 57.4 percent to 42.6 percent, has been widely expected in recent weeks after she took a commanding lead in the polls.

Truss is the fourth Prime Minister in six years (her predecessors all resigned - David Cameron, Theresa May, Boris Johnson), and the third woman to hold the position after Margaret Thatcher and Theresa May. 

Truss served in Boris Johnson’s cabinet but she was not part of the Tory rebellion that led to Johnson's resignation. 

One trivia about Truss that is often mentioned by political analysts - While still a student at Oxford University, Liz Truss once called for a vote to abolish the monarchy.

Who is Liz Truss?

She was born Mary Elizabeth Truss on July 26, 1975, in Oxford, England. She served as the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Affairs since 2021 and Minister for Women and Equalities since 2019. 

Liz Truss, UK Prime Minister-designate

She is a member of the Conservative Party and has been a Member of Parliament (MP) for South West Norfolk since 2010. 

A seasoned politician, she has served in various Cabinet positions under Prime Ministers David Cameron, Theresa May, and Boris Johnson. 

Truss attended Merton College, Oxford, and was President of Oxford University Liberal Democrats. While still a student at Oxford, she once called for a vote to abolish the monarchy in the United Kingdom.

In 1996, she both graduated and joined the Conservative Party. Truss was elected for South West Norfolk at the 2010 general election. As a backbencher, she called for reform in several policy areas including childcare, mathematics education, and the economy. 

Though she was a supporter of the Britain Stronger in Europe campaign for the UK to remain in the European Union in the 2016 referendum, she supported Brexit after the result. 

After Cameron resigned in July 2016, Truss was appointed Secretary of State for Justice and Lord Chancellor by Prime Minister, Theresa May, becoming the first female Lord Chancellor in the thousand-year history of the office. 

After Theresa May resigned in 2019, Truss supported Johnson's bid to become Conservative leader. He appointed Truss as Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade. 

She took on the additional role of Minister for Women and Equalities in September 2019. She moved from the Department for International Trade to be promoted to Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Affairs in the 2021 cabinet reshuffle. She was appointed the Government's chief negotiator with the European Union and UK chair of the EU–UK Partnership Council in December 2021.

Liz Truss is married to Hugh O'Leary  since 2000 and have two children together.

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