Reuters reported on Wednesday that former British finance minister Rishi Sunak and foreign secretary Liz Truss had advanced to the final round of the race to succeed Boris Johnson as prime minister of the United Kingdom.
In the final round of the competition to succeed Boris Johnson, Rishi Sunak has secured his spot and will compete against Foreign Secretary Liz Truss as one of the two finalists to lead the Conservative Party and serve as British Prime Minister.
Liz Truss :
The Foreign Secretary ran a pro-EU campaign before embracing Brexit with the fervour of a convert after the vote went against him.After undergoing a political makeover, Liz Truss is now considered the front-runner to succeed Boris Johnson as leader of the Conservative party and prime minister of the United Kingdom.
The Foreign Secretary ran a campaign to keep Britain in the EU before he embraced Brexit with the fervour of a convert after the vote went against him. She went from shouting slogans as a child against Margaret Thatcher’s Conservative administration in the 1980s to serving as the president of Oxford University’s Liberal Democrat society and becoming the favourite of the Tory Party’s right wing.
Only former Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak remains in Truss’ way as she is now six weeks and one ballot away from securing the top position in UK politics. She has been made the favourite by British bookmakers, and YouGov’s survey of party members predicts she will easily defeat her opponent in the runoff vote among the party’s grassroots.
Truss, who will turn 47 next week, has gained support from the right flank of her party by championing free markets, supporting low taxes, and regularly railing against the “nanny state” meddling in the affairs of common Brits.
By fighting the EU over the Brexit agreement reached by Johnson’s own administration and drafting a bill overriding the majority of its provisions on Northern Ireland, she has gained the admiration of fervent Brexit supporters.
The foreign secretary hasn’t done much to hide her intentions to succeed Johnson, mingling with colleagues at social gatherings known as “fizz with Liz” and maintaining a highly manicured Instagram page that competed with Sunak’s team’s social media operation.
The Tory icon she once protested against, Thatcher, has also been openly compared to her. This may entail posing in a tank in Eastern Europe, similar to what the former premier did in 1986 during a visit to the British military stationed in Germany.
After falling behind Sunak and Trade Minister Penny Mordaunt in the first four rounds of voting among Tory MPs, Truss made it to the final two. She only managed to defeat Mordaunt in a close fifth vote. She has held ministerial positions since 2012 and has been in the cabinet since 2014, serving three different prime ministers. She is the longest-serving member of the government and a political survivor.
Born and Brought up in Left Ideological parent’s
She was raised by left-leaning parents, attended anti-Thatcher rallies, and has expressed interest in joining them at rallies against nuclear weapons. She was born in 1975
I’ve been on a political path ever since my parents were left-wing campaigners, Truss remarked in a Sunday ITV debate of Tory leadership contenders. She admitted she was mistaken about Brexit on Thursday on BBC radio.
Truss was born and raised in Scotland before moving to Leeds, where she attended a comprehensive school before continuing her education at Oxford University to study philosophy, politics, and economics. She subsequently worked as an industrial economist for Shell before transferring to Cable & Wireless andMoreover, think tank reform.
Prior to being elected to the House of Representatives in 2010 to represent South West Norfolk, She served for four years as a councillor in southeast London. In September 2012, the then-prime minister, David Cameron, appointed her to her first ministerial position at the Department for Education. In 2014, he elevated her to the cabinet as the secretary for the environment.
Before being promoted to the position of foreign secretary, one of the four “major offices of state” in British politics, she served in the Cabinet positions of justice secretary, chief secretary to the Treasury, and commerce secretary. She said on Thursday on BBC radio that her experience in the cabinet had prepared her for the top position.
What I’ve demonstrated is that I can handle pressure, said Truss. “I’ve experienced the worst jail riots since Strangeways, some of the worst floods in a decade, and the worst war in Europe.”
Despite having been in the cabinet for a long period, Truss has occasionally had trouble gaining the respect of her peers, the media, and the general public. Her 2014 statement, which was included in a compilation video of her “finest moments” that went viral on Twitter this week, in which she called it a “disgrace” that the UK imports the majority of its cheese, was criticised.
According to interviews Bloomberg conducted with more than a dozen individuals who know Truss, she also has a reputation for being awkward. She was known for her “stare,” which is the practice of gazing intently into another person’s eyes while grinning silently for a few seconds during a conversation. Allies speculate that it’s an effort to be cordial. Others call it unsettling.