Liz Truss Early Life, Family and Career

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Mary Elizabeth Truss current prime minister of the United Kingdom and leader of the Conservative Party.

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She previously held various Cabinet offices under prime ministers David Cameron, Theresa May and Boris Johnson, most recently as foreign secretary from 2021 to 2022.

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Truss has been Member of Parliament (MP) for South West Norfolk since 2010.

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Mary Elizabeth Truss was born on 26 July 1975 in Oxford, England, to John Truss and Priscilla Truss.

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She has three younger brothers, Chris, Patrick and Francis.

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From an early age, she has been known by her middle name.

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Her father is an emeritus professor of pure mathematics at the University of Leeds, while her mother was a nurse and teacher.

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Truss has described her parents as being "to the left of Labour"; her mother was a member of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament.

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When Truss later stood for election to Parliament as a Conservative, her mother agreed to campaign for her, while her father declined to do so.

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Truss's parents divorced in 2003; at the 2004 Leeds City Council election, her mother unsuccessfully stood for election as a Liberal Democrat.

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The family moved to Paisley, Renfrewshire, in Scotland when she was four years old, living there from 1979 to 1985, with Truss attending West Primary School.

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Aged 12, she spent a year in Burnaby, British Columbia, where she attended Parkcrest Elementary School while her father taught at Simon Fraser University.

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From 1996 to 2000, Truss worked for Shell, during which time she qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant (ACMA) in 1999.

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In 2000, Truss was employed by Cable & Wireless and rose to economic director before leaving in 2005.

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Truss served as the chair of the Lewisham Deptford Conservative Association from 1998 to 2000.

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