Everything you need to know about Liz Truss

Bookmakers and pollsters roundly expect Truss to succeed Boris Johnson as Conservative Party leader and Prime Minister.

Truss, 43, worked as an accountant and economist before entering politics.

She was elected as a local councillor in London in 2006 and became a member of parliament in 2010.

Truss has held several roles in government, most recently serving as the second in command at the finance ministry, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury.

She had been tipped to run for the leadership herself but instead backed Johnson and has been a vocal advocate for him during the campaign.

Truss has said Britain should cut taxes on income and buying property and simplify the tax system to boost the economy.

She also wants to enhance the role that private investment plays in delivering infrastructure and recommit to reducing debt as a share of GDP.

At the age of seven, Liz Truss played the role of Margaret Thatcher in her school's mock general election.

Mary Elizabeth Truss was born in Oxford in 1975. She has described her father, a mathematics professor, and her mother, a nurse, as "left-wing".

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