Liz Truss promoted to foreign secretary in cabinet reshuffle

Secretary of State for International Trade and South West Norfolk MP Liz Truss Picture: Chris Bisho

Liz Truss has been named the new foreign secretary - Credit: Chris Bishop

Norfolk MP Liz Truss has been promoted to foreign secretary as Boris Johnson carried out a dramatic reshaping of his top team.

The South West Norfolk MP will replace the outgoing Dominic Raab, who has been moved to the Ministry of Justice.

Priti Patel remains at the Home Office while the prime minister sacked Gavin Williamson, Robert Jenrick and Robert Buckland.

Ms Truss has been South West Norfolk's MP since 2010, and previously held the position of international trade secretary.

She will become only the second woman to hold the position of foreign secretary, after Margaret Beckett undertook the role in 2006.

Ms Truss' rise to prominence in the Conservative party has not been an easy ride.

Born in Oxford but raised in Yorkshire, Ms Truss was seen as an outsider in Norfolk's Conservative circles.

She had to fight to be elected to her South West Norfolk seat after local Tory members known as the 'Turnip Taliban' became angered that she had an affair with Tory MP Mark Field.

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Since then, Ms Truss has grown in prominence in the party, and became the youngest female cabinet minister in Britain in 2014 at the age of 38 after she was appointed by David Cameron as Secretary of state for the environment and rural affairs.

In 2016, she had another first, after Theresa May appointed her secretary of state for justice and lord chancellor, becoming the first woman to reach this position. 

Ms Truss became a prominent supporter of Boris Johnson's leadership race in 2019, despite also being tipped as a potential successor of Theresa May. Following his election, she was made international trade secretary, and set about promoting the UK to would-be trade partners in a post-Brexit world. 

Away from politics, Ms Truss has become known for her social media flair, offering an insight into the life of a female politician that otherwise would go unseen.