Liz Truss: what she said about cheese and pork markets

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From mocking her outrage at cheese imports to being appointed to one of the major offices of state, Liz Truss’s journey explained

Liz Truss has made it into the bottom two of the Tory leadership contest.

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The Foreign Secretary had insisted she is the “only person who can bring about the change” the UK needs, which is “in line with true Conservative principles”.

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Ms Truss and Trade Secretary Ms Mordaunt had been scrambling to secure votes alongside front-runner Rishi Sunak in the competition for second place on the ballot.

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It was announced on Wednesday afternoon that Ms Mordaunt had been eliminated from the competition in the final round of voting.

Liz Truss is currently the favorite to be Britain’s next prime minister, along with former Chancellor Rishi Sunak.

Ms Truss had promised to reverse the controversial Social Security increase if she was elected the next Tory leader and pledged to “start tax cuts from day one” to help cover living expenses.

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The promise to reverse the Social Security increase marks a departure from her defense of policy as a minister in Boris Johnson’s cabinet before his resignation, when she was bound by collective responsibility to publicly support the increase.

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Who is Liz Truss?

The Yorkshire-raised married mother of two, whose relationship survived an affair with former Tory MP Mark Field prior to her election to the House of Commons, has an impressive CV.

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Despite being brought up by left-leaning parents, Truss has held posts such as education minister, environment minister and justice minister in previous Conservative governments.

Elected to Parliament in 2010, she previously worked in the energy and telecommunications industries and is a qualified chartered accountant.

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From mocking her outrage over cheese imports to her nomination to one of the major offices of state, Truss has made a steady climb up the cabinet ladder.

She was rewarded after seeing her success in her post as International Trade Secretary.

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Truss went from being a pro-Remain to an avid Brexiteer after the 2016 referendum.

As the government faced harsh headlines over deadlocked negotiations with the European Union during the Brexit transition period, the South West Norfolk MP finalized a series of trade deals for the UK to ensure agreed terms were met while an EU member was ready was to continue after leaving the block.

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A coveted trade deal with the US eluded her, but Truss drew praise from the Conservative Party for striking new deals with Japan and Australia, while a New Zealand deal is said to be finalized.

However, her Labor critics complain that she has not delivered “a single trade deal that we didn’t already have within the EU” and say praise within government for her achievement has been overblown.

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Where was she brought up?

Truss studied philosophy, politics and economics at Merton College, Oxford, where she became President of the University Liberal Democrats.

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Almost half of Johnson’s new cabinet went to Oxford or Cambridge universities, and 60% went to private school, a social mobility charity said.

The percentage of privately trained people has fallen slightly from previous Prime Minister’s Cabinets, data from the Sutton Trust suggests.

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New Foreign Secretary Truss, Housing Secretary Michael Gove and Chancellor Rishi Sunak all visited Oxford University.

The Trust said just over a quarter of Cabinet ministers attended both independent schools and Oxbridge.

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What did she say about cheese?

Truss – then Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs – speaks at the 2014 Conservative Party Convention (Photo: Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

Away from politics, Truss has shared a glimpse into her private life with her social media flair through updates her Instagram account with pictures of her relaxing on the beach or behind the scenes at official events.

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The worlds of social media and politics famously connected in 2014 when her impossibly enthusiastic speech about opening pork markets in Beijing went viral and was featured on satirical shows like Have I Got News For You?

She caused further hilarity when she said at the Tory party conference that year: “We import two-thirds of our cheese, which is a shame.”

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How many votes did she get in the voting?

In the most recent round of Tory MPs, Ms Truss received 113 votes.

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Penny Mordaunt received 105 votes and Rishi Sunak 137.

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