Over 81,000 out of 160,000 conservatives voted for Truss. Only 60,000 voted for her rival Rishi Sunak. Although Sunak dominated thanks to the support of conservative MPs in the previous five rounds, according to foreign commentators, the head of British diplomacy was better able to convince rank-and-file members of the party. She was also impressed by the fact that, unlike Sunak, she promised the British tax cuts and the maintenance of tough sanctions against Russia.
A native of England who grew up in Scotland
She was born 47 years ago in Oxford, England, into the family of a mathematics professor and a nurse. However, she grew up mostly in Scotland. He holds a BA in Philosophy, Political Science and Economics from the University of Oxford. She has been a member of the Conservative Party since 1996. In her youth, she worked as an accountant for the mining company Shell or as a sales director at the telecommunications company Cable & Wireless.
She broke into high politics in 2010, when she was elected a member of parliament. She replaced several positions in the governments of David Cameron, Theresa May and Boris Johnson. The highlight of her political career so far has been her appointment to the position of Minister of Foreign Affairs in September 2021.
After Johnson’s resignation, she expressed an interest in replacing him as Prime Minister. Although she was not one of the favorites at first, in the fifth round of voting she won over 113 MPs and advanced to the last two candidates. At the beginning of September, she won completely.
Truss, like Margaret Thatcher once, subscribes to economic liberalism. She promised to significantly cut taxes as prime minister, including the recently increased mandatory health insurance contributions. He also wants to prevent the planned increase in corporate tax. Compared to Johnson, he is not as active in green politics.
Interestingly, at the time of the Brexit referendum, she was against the withdrawal of Great Britain from the European Union. “I don’t want my daughters to grow up in a world where they need a visa or a work permit to go to Europe,” Truss said in 2016. But after only a year, she changed her mind, saying that she began to see in Brexit “not only massive economic problems, but also opportunities “.
When asked by British journalists what the future of the United Kingdom should be, she replied: “Free. It means you can do whatever you want, you are in control of your life and no one is telling you what to do.”
In the past, her extra-marital affair with Tory MP Mark Field, whose marriage collapsed because of her, attracted negative media attention.