Liz Truss gets foreign secretary as two of four top jobs go to women

Politics

International Trade Secretary Liz Truss has replaced Dominic Raab as foreign secretary meaning two of the top four cabinet jobs are occupied by women.

Moments before she arrived at Downing Street, Mr Raab left and it was announced he has been appointed as deputy prime minister, lord chancellor and justice secretary.

Ms Truss, 46, has completed a number of post-Brexit trade deals with countries around the world and is popular with Conservative Party members.

She will remain as minister for women and equalities.

A former justice and environment secretary under Theresa May, Ms Truss’ appointment means she is the second-ever female foreign secretary, after Labour’s Margaret Beckett under Tony Blair.

It means two women now occupy two of the four top cabinet jobs after Priti Patel was confirmed as keeping her job as home secretary.

The other two top jobs are chancellor, kept by Rishi Sunak, and the prime minister himself.

Ms Truss, who grew up in Scotland and Leeds, read philosophy, politics and economics at Oxford University, where she was president of the university’s Liberal Democrats before joining the Conservative Party in 1996.

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