Serving as Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs since 2021, British politician Liz Truss was announced as the new leader of the United Kingdom's Conservative Party. She is set to be the third woman Prime Minister of United Kingdom after Theresa May and Margaret Thatcher.
Also known as Mary Elizabeth Truss, she contested against divisive party leadership contest that pitted her against former finance minister Rishi Sunak. She won 81,326 votes of Tory members against former chancellor Rishi Sunak who secured 60,399 votes.
In her winning speech from the Queen Elizabeth II Centre auditorium, Truss said, “It's an honour to be elected as leader of the Conservative and Unionist Party, " adding it was one of the longest job interviews in history.
Following his resignation in July after months of scandal, former British PM Boris Johnson had said that he is okay with anyone replacing him, except Rishi Sunak.
With the announcement of the new leader of the governing Conservative Party, will travel to Scotland to meet Queen Elizabeth, who will ask the new leader to form a government.
Born on July 26, 1975, in Oxford to an emeritus professor of pure mathematics at the University of Leeds (father) and a Latin teacher at Bolton School (mother), Truss married Hugh O'Leary in 2000 and has two daughters.
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