Date of Birth: 26th July 1975

Place of Birth: Oxford, England.

Spouse: Hugh O’Lear



John Kenneth and Priscilla Mary Truss. Her father is an emeritus professor of pure mathematics at the University of Leeds, while her mother was a nurse, teacher and member of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament


Her family moved to Scotland when she was four years old. Truss attended West Primary School in Paisley, Renfrewshire, followed by Roundhay School, in the Roundhay area of Leeds, a school which she later said had “let down” children. She read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Merton College, Oxford, graduating in 1996.

Professional career

From 1996 to 2000: worked for Shell. She qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant (ACMA) in 1999. From 2000 to 2005: in Cable & Wireless and rose to economic director before leaving in 2005. In 2008: full-time deputy director of Reform in January 2008. She co-authored The Value of Mathematics and A New Level.

Political career

Truss was active in the Liberal Democrats. She was president of Oxford University Liberal Democrats and a member of the national executive committee of Liberal Democrat Youth and Students (LDYS). Truss joined the Conservative Party in 1996.

6 May 2010: Member of Parliament for South West Norfolk


4 September 2012 – 15 July 2014: Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Childcare and Education

15 July 2014 – 14 July 2016: Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

14 July 2016 – 11 June 2017: Secretary of State for Justice Lord Chancellor

11 June 2017 – 24 July 2019: Chief Secretary to the Treasury

24 July 2019 – 15 September 2021: Secretary of State for International Trade President of the Board of Trade

10 September 2019: Minister for Women and Equalities

15 September 2021: Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs

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