Elizabeth Truss was first elected as the Member of Parliament for South West Norfolk in 2010. Elizabeth is the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice. From July 2014 to July 2016, she was Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. From September 2012 to July 2014, she was Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Education.
Elizabeth founded the Free Enterprise Group of Conservative MPs which campaigns for economic reform and a positive attitude to profit making enterprise. She is a co-author of ‘After the Coalition’ which seeks to challenge the consensus that Britain’s economic decline is inevitable by arguing for the return of a more entrepreneurial and meritocratic culture. The authors published a further book in September 2012 'Britannia Unchained' which argues that Britain needs to learn lessons from rising and reforming nations. Elizabeth also authored the papers “Academic Rigour and Social Mobility” arguing for an end to the bias against serious academic subjects and “Affordable Quality” which argues that child care in Britain fails to provide value for money for both parents and the Government and that change is needed to the structure of the child care market.
Prior to entering Parliament, Elizabeth was Deputy Director at the think-tank Reform, where she advocated more rigorous academic standards in schools, a greater focus on tackling serious and organised crime and urgent action to deal with Britain's falling competitiveness. Before that, Elizabeth worked in the energy and telecommunications industry for ten years as a commercial manager and economics director and is a qualified management accountant.
Brought up in Yorkshire, Elizabeth read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Merton College, Oxford University. Elizabeth has been a member of the Conservative Party for the past eighteen years. She has served as an Association Chairman and a councillor and fought parliamentary seats in 2001 and 2005. Elizabeth is married with two daughters, and lives in Downham Market and London.
Campaigning for South West Norfolk
Elizabeth's key campaigns include better broadband and improved rail and road infrastructure. Elizabeth is keen to ensure that young people get a good education in English, maths and science, and have access to apprenticeships and university.
Elizabeth will fight to protect the character of Thetford, Downham Market and Swaffham whilst helping to encourage new enterprise, jobs and services. She is also determined to see rural villages retain shops, GP surgeries, small businesses and pubs which are the lifeblood of local life.
Local businesses need highly skilled workers and Elizabeth is a vocal supporter of the career opportunities available at RAF Marham, the extensive food and farming industry and the high-tech engineering sector in South West Norfolk. She also champions the unique landscape of the Fens and Brecks and is keen to promote the area to a wider audience.