Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade and Minister for Women and Equalities

The Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss MP

Biography

Elizabeth Truss was appointed Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade on 24 July 2019. She was appointed Minister for Women and Equalities on 10 September 2019. She was elected as the Conservative MP for south west Norfolk in 2010.

Education

Elizabeth studied philosophy, politics and economics at Merton College, Oxford.

Political career

Elizabeth entered Parliament in 2010. She was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Education and Childcare in September 2012. Elizabeth served as the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs from July 2014 until July 2016.

Elizabeth was Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice from July 2016 until June 2017. She was Chief Secretary to the Treasury from June 2017 until July 2019.

Career outside politics

Elizabeth was previously Deputy Director at Reform. She also worked in the energy and telecommunications industry for 10 years as a commercial manager and economics director, and is a qualified management accountant.

Personal life

Elizabeth is married with 2 children.

Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade

Principal responsibilities:

  • securing new free trade agreements, while maintaining access to existing agreements
  • establishing new freeports across the UK and attracting investment from overseas
  • getting British business ready to trade following the UK’s exit from the European Union and the Ready to Trade GREAT campaign
  • overall responsibility for the business of the department, including the running of the department and its finances

More about this role

Department for International Trade and UK Export Finance

Minister for Women and Equalities

The Minister for Women and Equalities has overall responsibility for:

  • policy on women
  • policy on sexual orientation and transgender equality
  • cross-government equality strategy and legislation

Before July 2014, this role was covered by the Minister for Women and the Minister for Equalities.

More about this role

Government Equalities Office and Department for International Trade

Previous roles in government

  1. Chief Secretary to the Treasury
  2. Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice
  3. Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
  4. Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Education and Childcare

Announcements

  1. US to lift ban on UK beef exports
  2. Minister for Women and Equalities Liz Truss speech at The House magazine's Women in Westminster: The 100 event
  3. Britain is back: Liz Truss calls for new rules at WTO to tackle unfair trade practices
  4. Elizabeth Truss outlines bold new era for trade
  5. Liz Truss kick-starts UK-US trade talks
  6. Notice of Determination: Countervailing duty on certain rainbow trout originating in Turkey
  7. International Trade Secretary meets US Trade Representative
  8. Government launches new business support campaign
  9. Roksanda AW2020 showcases British fashion in the Foreign Office
  10. Update on Airbus dispute