About Liz

Conservative Member of Parliament for South West Norfolk

Liz has been the Conservative Member of Parliament for South West Norfolk since 2010 and served as the 56th Prime Minister of the United Kingdom – the first British Prime Minister to have been educated at a state Comprehensive school. She continuously held ministerial office for more than ten years between 2012 and 2022 and, after an initial spell as a junior education minister, sat at the Cabinet table in six different roles, prior to becoming Prime Minister: Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice; Chief Secretary to the Treasury; Secretary of State for International Trade; and Foreign Secretary – as well as Minister for Women and Equalities.

Starting Out

Born in 1975 and raised in Paisley and Leeds, Liz grew up observing first-hand the failures of the left-wing hegemony on Labour-run local authorities. She embarked on a career as an economist and accountant after graduating from Oxford and also became increasingly involved in politics, having joined the Conservative Party shortly after leaving university. She served as a councillor in the London Borough of Greenwich between 2006 and 2010, when she was elected to Parliament for the first time.

Becoming a Member of Parliament

As a backbencher, she served on the Justice Select Committee and was Founder and Convenor of the Free Enterprise Group of Conservative MPs, where she worked with parliamentary colleagues to argue for a low-tax, low-regulation, free-market policy agenda that would help promote economic growth, boost enterprise and deliver increased prosperity for all – themes which define her overarching political vision to this day. During this time she was also co-author of two books, After The Coalition and Britannia Unchained.

In 2012 Liz became one of the first of the 2010 intake of MPs to be promoted to ministerial office, serving initially as a junior minister at the Department for Education, allowing her to put into action in government a number of proposals on which she had campaigned prior to becoming an MP. These included the reform of A-Levels, the promotion of maths teaching – including banning the use of calculators in tests for 11-year-olds – and an attempt to introduce reforms to make childcare more affordable which were alas thwarted by the Liberal Democrats, the Conservatives’ partners in the Coalition Government at the time.

Between 2016 and 2017 she served as Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, in which role she set about recruiting an additional 2,500 frontline staff to transform prisons into places of hard work, discipline and self-improvement, made it easier for victims to give evidence in trials without coming face-to-face with an attacker in open court and introduced a new offence targeting adults grooming children for sexual exploitation.

Liz was appointed to the Treasury in 2017, serving as Chief Secretary for more than two years. Her duties there involved keeping a watchful eye on the public finances and driving productivity in public services, so that taxpayer value for money would be delivered with every pound spent. It was during this time as a one-woman public spending watchdog that she famously called on her ministerial colleagues to demand better value from their officials by insisting that they ‘challenge the blob of vested interests within your department’.

Championing prosperity in Britain

Liz was appointed to the Treasury in 2017, serving as Chief Secretary for more than two years. Her duties there involved keeping a watchful eye on the public finances and driving productivity in public services, so that taxpayer value for money would be delivered with every pound spent. It was during this time as a one-woman public spending watchdog that she famously called on her ministerial colleagues to demand better value from their officials by insisting that they ‘challenge the blob of vested interests within your department’.

With the UK able to dictate its own trade policy for the first time since 1972 following the UK’s exit from the European Union, in July 2019 Liz was appointed Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade. She established the UK’s first independent tariff regime in more than 40 years as the country once again was able to take its own seat at the World Trade Organisation.

She was charged with working on securing new trade deals and partnerships across the world, banging the drum for British business at every opportunity. She signed dozens of key trade deals with important partners such as Japan, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, kicked off negotiations with the US and submitted the UK’s application to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Standing up against the enemies of the West

After being given additional responsibilities as Minister for Women and Equalities, she stood up against identity politics and cancelled plans for gender self-identification without medical checks. She promoted a Conservative approach to equality based on ‘the core principles of freedom, choice, opportunity, and individual humanity and dignity’.

In September 2021 Liz was appointed Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, in which role she was able to continue to act as a cheerleader for Global Britain, improving relationships with allies around the world. She secured the release of British national Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe from an Iranian jail after nearly six years in captivity. With responsibility for post-Brexit relations with the European Union, Liz also introduced the legislation to address the practical problems created by the Northern Ireland Protocol.

At the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, she promoted the development of a network of liberty, bringing together freedom-loving nations around the globe in challenging authoritarian regimes. She took to task the Chinese Government over its threats to national security and actions in Hong Kong; and then, after eyeballing Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at a meeting in Moscow to warn of the consequences of invading Ukraine, she imposed unprecedented sanctions on Russia following its defiant action.

She branded Putin’s regime ‘an international pariah’ when she summoned Russia’s Ambassador to the UK to the Foreign Office and swiftly became a leading figure in the international alliance providing support to Ukraine and its people in their hour of need, including ensuring that the UK was the first country in Europe to send weapons to the Ukrainian armed forces.

Leading the Nation

Following Boris Johnson’s resignation in July 2022, Liz entered the race to become leader of the Conservative Party and succeed him as Prime Minister, winning an overwhelming mandate from Conservative Party members and the support of the majority of MPs declaring a preference during the final stage.

But the following two months were to prove both a momentous and tempestuous period: she took immediate and decisive action to support people and businesses with their energy bills, to accelerate domestic energy supply and to increase the UK’s energy resilience. However just two days after she entered Downing Street, the country was rocked by the death of Queen Elizabeth II and King Charles III acceded to the throne.

After leading the nation in mourning Her Late Majesty, Liz set about implementing her Plan for Growth, including a raft of tax cuts to kick-start economic growth and reforms to boost productivity. Regrettably these reforms did not command sufficient political and economic support. She reached the conclusion that she could not deliver the mandate on which she had been elected and stepped down.

Making the argument for conservatism

In July 2023, Liz convened the Growth Commission, a collective of leading economists who would investigate Britain’s sluggish growth, recommend policies to revitalise the economy and challenge the orthodoxy which had delivered stagnant wages and living standards. The Growth Commission has published several reports and alternative budgets focused on boosting GDP per capita and has become an influential voice in Britain’s economic sphere.

To restore democratic accountability, Liz launched Popular Conservatism in February 2024. This new, grassroots conservative movement seeks to transfer power to families, communities, businesses and individuals, to overcome the powerful institutional blob which has created a hostile environment for conservatives in Britain. Liz continues to fight against the enemies of the West, standing up for conservative values, and delivering freedom and prosperity in Britain.

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Launching 16th April 2024

TEN YEARS TO
SAVE THE WEST

In Ten Years to Save the West, Truss, who as Prime Minister sought to champion limited government and individual freedom, will argue that the rise of authoritarianism around the world and the adoption of fashionable ideas propagated by the global left give us barely a decade to preserve the economic and cultural freedom and institutions that the West holds so dear.