The Tory management race has now been whittled down to 5 candidates vying to turn into the subsequent Prime Minister. Former Chancellor Rishi Sunak at present takes the lead, adopted by commerce minister Penny Mordaunt, whereas present international secretary Liz Truss locations third. Whereas MPs resolve their favourites because the race continues and hustings start, their respective views and standpoints will likely be put below the highlight within the coming weeks.
Hailing from Oxford, Ms Truss, 46, has served as MP for South West Norfolk since 2010 and the UK’s international secretary since 2021. She was the minister for girls and equality earlier than this after being appointed as such in 2019.
Nevertheless it doesn’t cease there. Her intensive profession in politics has seen her occupy a variety of positions in her time since coming into parliament in 2010.
Ms Truss was appointed parliamentary below secretary of state for schooling and childcare in 2012, earlier than heading on to function the secretary of state for atmosphere, meals and rural affairs from 2014 to 2016.
Ms Truss additionally occupied roles as lord chancellor and secretary of state for justice from 2016 to 2017, from which she took on the function of chief secretary to the treasury from June 2017 to July 2019.
It comes as no shock the international minister threw her hat within the ring for a better place, and by making fairly a family title for herself, has obtained sturdy backing from her associates to date.
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Talking to cupboard backers at an occasion in Westminster, Ms Truss mentioned: “I can lead, I could make powerful choices and I can get issues finished.”
She added: “I’m able to be Prime Minister from day one.”
With debates, hustings, and additional rounds of the management race to go over the subsequent week or so, the frontrunners will likely be battling to win over fellow MPs with their respective campaigns and management propositions.
Talking to the Telegraph on Sunday, Ms Truss mentioned: “It isn’t proper to be placing up taxes now.
“I’d reverse the nationwide insurance coverage improve that got here in throughout April, ensure that we preserve company tax aggressive so we will entice enterprise and funding into Britain, and put the Covid debt on a longer-term footing.”
So, what else does Ms Truss stand for?
Liz Truss on Brexit
Ms Truss initially backed the Stay marketing campaign within the run-up to the EU referendum in 2016, stating: “I’m backing stay as I imagine it’s in Britain’s financial curiosity and means we will concentrate on very important financial and social reform at house.”
Nonetheless, the MP has swiftly modified her tune since taking up roles as commerce and international secretary, telling the BBC in 2017: “I voted to Stay as a result of I used to be involved in regards to the economic system, however what we’ve seen because the Brexit vote is our economic system has finished properly.
“We’ve attracted new abroad funding, we haven’t seen the dire predictions come to go.”
She has since developed extra of a hard-line stance towards the EU, signing a variety of post-Brexit commerce offers and controversially scrapping components of the Northern Eire Protocol.
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Liz Truss on Tax
Ms Truss has nearly at all times voted for growing the speed of VAT, larger taxes on banks, in addition to aircraft tickets.
Nonetheless, she has nearly at all times voted to cut back the speed of company tax and towards the so-called ‘mansion tax’, an annual property tax on high-value properties.
She additionally voted towards growing the tax on revenue of over £150,000, however did vote to lift the brink at which individuals begin to pay revenue tax.
Liz Truss on Welfare and Advantages
Ms Truss has persistently voted towards elevating welfare advantages in step with costs.
Liz Truss on Immigration
Ms Truss has persistently voted for stronger enforcement of immigration guidelines, in addition to stricter guidelines on asylum.
Liz Truss on Training
Ms Truss voted to lift England’s undergraduate tuition price cap to £9,000 per 12 months.
She persistently voted to finish monetary help for some 16-19-year-olds in coaching and additional schooling and didn’t take part within the vote on whether or not to increase free college meals.