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.
Elizabeth studied philosophy, politics and economics at Merton College, Oxford.
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.
Elizabeth is married with 2 children.
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
- 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
Minister for Women and Equalities
Previous roles in government
- 2017 to 2019
- 2016 to 2017
- 2014 to 2016
- 2012 to 2014
- UK & Australia commit to rapid and ambitious free trade agreement
- UK launches Maritime Trade and Investment Plan to turbocharge multibillion-pound maritime sector
- Campaign launch targets increased UK-China partnership
- £20 million export win for Liverpool supercar manufacturer
- UK International Trade Secretary visits New Zealand, Australia and Japan
- Prime Minister pledges to bring shipbuilding back to the UK
- New Security Export Strategy will boost British exports
- UK agreed trade continuity with six African nations
- Liz Truss hosts first meeting of the Freeports Advisory Panel
- International Trade Dinner speech