Prime Minister Elizabeth Truss

The Prime Minister is the leader of Her Majesty’s Government and is ultimately responsible for the policy and decisions of the government. As leader of the UK government, the Prime Minister also:

  • oversees the operation of the Civil Service and government agencies
  • chooses members of the government
  • is the principal government figure in the House of Commons

As Minister for the Union, the Prime Minister works to ensure that all the government is acting on behalf of the entire United Kingdom: England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. Cabinet Office and Prime Minister’s Office, 10 Downing Street


First Lord of the Treasury

The First Lord of the Treasury is one of the Lords Commissioners of the Treasury. This role is usually held by the Prime Minister. Since the 17th century, the Lords Commissioners of the Treasury have collectively carried out duties that were previously held by the Lord High Treasurer (head of Her Majesty’s Treasury). The Lords Commissioners of the Treasury also include:

  • the Second Lord of the Treasury – the Chancellor of the Exchequer, who has most of the functional financial responsibilities
  • Junior Lords Commissioners of the Treasury – other members of the government, usually government whips in the House of Commons

10 Downing Street is the official residence of the First Lord of the Treasury, and not of the Prime Minister. More about this role


Minister for the Civil Service

The Minister for the Civil Service is responsible for regulating the Civil Service. The Civil Service (Management Functions) Act of 1992, allows the Minister for the Civil Service to delegate power to other ministers and devolved administrations. This role was created in 1968 and is always held by the Prime Minister. More about this role   Cabinet Office


Minister for the Union

As Minister for the Union, the Prime Minister works to ensure that all of the government is acting on behalf of the entire United Kingdom: England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales.


10 Downing Street, London, UK

10 Downing Street, Office of The Rt Hon Liz Truss Prime Minister also known colloquially in the United Kingdom simply as Number 10, is the headquarters of the Government of the United Kingdom and the official residence and office of the First Lord of the Treasury, a post which, for much of the 18th and 19th centuries and invariably since 1905, has been held by the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.


Introduction – by Sir Anthony Seldon

10 Downing Street, the locale of British prime ministers since 1735, vies with the White House as being the most important political building anywhere in the world in the modern era. Behind its black door have been taken the most important decisions affecting Britain for the last 275 years. In the 20th century alone, the First and Second World Wars were directed from within it, as were the key decisions about the end of the empire, the building of the British nuclear bomb, the handling of economic crises from the Great Depression in 1929 to the great recession, and the building up of the welfare state.

Some of the most famous political figures of modern history have lived and worked in Number 10, including Robert Walpole, Pitt the Younger, Benjamin Disraeli, William Gladstone, David Lloyd George, Winston Churchill and Margaret Thatcher. Number 10 has 3 overlapping functions. It is the official residence of the British Prime Minister: it is their office, and it is also the place where the Prime Minister entertains guests from Her Majesty The Queen to presidents of the United States and other world leaders. The Prime Minister hosts countless receptions and events for a whole range of British and overseas guests, with charitable receptions high up the list.

The building is much larger than it appears from its frontage. The hall with the chequered floor immediately behind the front door lets on to a warren of rooms and staircases. The house in Downing Street was joined to a more spacious and elegant building behind it in the early 18th century. Number 10 has also spread itself out to the left of the front door, and has taken over much of 12 Downing Street, which is accessed by a corridor that runs through 11 Downing Street – the official residence of the Chancellor of the Exchequer.


Biography

Education

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

Political career

Elected Prime Minister 5 September 2022. 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.

About

Prime Minister Elizabeth Truss is the Member of Parliament for South West Norfolk. Appointed Minister for Women and Equalities. Born in Leeds to left-wing parents, Liz broke the mould and started her career as an economist and accountant with a Conservative membership card. She was elected as a councillor in Greenwich in 2006, and then as MP for South West Norfolk in 2010. She was one of the first MPs of her intake to enter Government in 2012. Since then she has been an Education Minister, Secretary of State for the Environment (proudly championing the virtues of British cheese) and Justice Secretary and Chief Secretary to the Treasury. Liz is currently Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade, as well as Minister for Women and Equalities.

A staunch defender of South West Norfolk’s interests, she has fought many successful campaigns for the area, including the dualling of the A11, the F35 fighter jets to be based at RAF Marham and for better rural broadband. Liz is passionate about giving every child basic maths and science skills, and recently provided funding for more maths teachers, a premium for schools whose students study maths, and the extension of the Maths Schools programme. As self-styled ‘Disruptor-in-Chief’, Liz is not afraid to speak her mind, and believes liberating people to start and grow businesses without burdensome red tape is the key to our economic future. She has argued strongly against the Big State policies of Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party, which she believes will damage choice, innovation and prosperity.

As Chief Secretary, Liz was tasked with keeping a watchful eye on the public finances and driving productivity in public services, so taxpayers get the most for every pound spent. She travelled to Japan, South Korea, Brazil and Chile to see how countries around the globe are turbocharging economic growth, controlling public finances and delivering world-class public services. In July 2019, Liz became Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade. As Secretary of State, she has overall responsibility for the business of the department. At a crucial time for Brexit, Liz is charged with securing new trade deals and partnerships across the world. As Minister for Women and Equalities, Liz is responsible for cross-government equality strategy and legislation. A prolific tweeter, Liz is among the most followed government ministers on social media. You can keep up with Liz’s activity by following on Instagram  or Gov Twitter

Personal

Elizabeth lives with her husband and two daughters, dividing her time between Norfolk and London.

 

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