Elizabeth Truss Portrait

Elizabeth Truss

Conservative - South West Norfolk

First elected: 6th May 2010


Elizabeth Truss is not a member of any APPGs
Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury, Minister for the Civil Service, and Minister for the Union
6th Sep 2022 - 25th Oct 2022
Leader of the Conservative Party
5th Sep 2022 - 24th Oct 2022
Minister for Women and Equalities
10th Sep 2019 - 6th Sep 2022
Foreign Secretary
15th Sep 2021 - 6th Sep 2022
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
24th Jul 2019 - 15th Sep 2021
Chief Secretary to the Treasury
11th Jun 2017 - 24th Jul 2019
Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice
14th Jul 2016 - 11th Jun 2017
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
15th Jul 2014 - 14th Jul 2016
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
6th Sep 2012 - 15th Jul 2014
Justice Committee
29th Nov 2010 - 5th Nov 2012


Scheduled Event
Friday 15th March 2024
Private Members' Bills - Main Chamber
Health and Equality Acts (Amendment) Bill: Second Reading
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Division Votes
Wednesday 31st January 2024
Political Parties, Elections and Referendums
voted Aye - in line with the party majority
One of 270 Conservative Aye votes vs 0 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 273 Noes - 190
Speeches
Wednesday 6th December 2023
Gender Recognition
I congratulate my right hon. Friend on her statement. I agree with her that the law concerning sex and gender …
Written Answers
Tuesday 26th September 2023
Department for Education: Taiwan
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 14 June 2023 to Question 187963 on …
Early Day Motions
None available
Bills
Wednesday 6th December 2023
Health and Equality Acts (Amendment) Bill 2023-24
A Bill to regulate access to hormone therapy for children under the age of 18; to make provision relating to …
MP Financial Interests
Monday 30th October 2023
3. Gifts, benefits and hospitality from UK sources
Name of donor: Gatwick Airport Limited
Address of donor: Destinations Place, Gatwick Airport RH6 0NP
Amount of donation or nature …

Division Voting information

During the current Parliament, Elizabeth Truss has voted in 349 divisions, and 4 times against the majority of their Party.

22 Mar 2023 - Northern Ireland - View Vote Context
Elizabeth Truss voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 22 Conservative No votes vs 281 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 515 Noes - 29
16 Jan 2024 - Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill - View Vote Context
Elizabeth Truss voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 57 Conservative Aye votes vs 262 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 58 Noes - 525
16 Jan 2024 - Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill - View Vote Context
Elizabeth Truss voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 58 Conservative Aye votes vs 262 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 68 Noes - 529
17 Jan 2024 - Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill - View Vote Context
Elizabeth Truss voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 59 Conservative Aye votes vs 266 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 65 Noes - 536
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

Speeches made during Parliamentary debates are recorded in Hansard. For ease of browsing we have grouped debates into individual, departmental and legislative categories.

Sparring Partners
Lindsay Hoyle (Speaker)
(75 debate interactions)
Emily Thornberry (Labour)
Shadow Attorney General
(34 debate interactions)
Keir Starmer (Labour)
Leader of Her Majesty's Official Opposition
(18 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Department for International Trade
(506 debate contributions)
Cabinet Office
(241 debate contributions)
Wales Office
(32 debate contributions)
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Legislation Debates
Northern Ireland Protocol Bill 2022-23
(3,138 words contributed)
Trade Bill 2019-21
(1,935 words contributed)
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South West Norfolk Petitions

e-Petitions are administered by Parliament and allow members of the public to express support for a particular issue.

If an e-petition reaches 10,000 signatures the Government will issue a written response.

If an e-petition reaches 100,000 signatures the petition becomes eligible for a Parliamentary debate (usually Monday 4.30pm in Westminster Hall).

Petitions with highest South West Norfolk signature proportion
Petitions with most South West Norfolk signatures
Elizabeth Truss has not participated in any petition debates

Latest EDMs signed by Elizabeth Truss

Elizabeth Truss has not signed any Early Day Motions

Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Elizabeth Truss, and are more likely to reflect personal policy preferences.

MPs who are act as Ministers or Shadow Ministers are generally restricted from performing Commons initiatives other than Urgent Questions.


Elizabeth Truss has not been granted any Urgent Questions

Elizabeth Truss has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

5 Bills introduced by Elizabeth Truss


A Bill to make provision about the implementation of international trade agreements; to make provision establishing the Trade Remedies Authority and conferring functions on it; and to make provision about the collection and disclosure of information relating to trade.

This Bill received Royal Assent on 29th April 2021 and was enacted into law.


A Bill to make provision about the disclosure of information relating to trade.

This Bill received Royal Assent on 17th December 2020 and was enacted into law.


Make provision about the effect in domestic law of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland in the EU withdrawal agreement, about other domestic law in subject areas dealt with by the Protocol and for connected purposes

Commons Completed
Lords - 60%

Last Event - Committee Stage
Monday 7th November 2022
Introduced: 23rd February 2017

A Bill to make provision about prisons; make provision about practice and procedure in courts and tribunals, organisation of courts and tribunals, functions of the judiciary and of courts and tribunals and their staff, appointment and deployment of the judiciary, and functions of the Judicial Appointments Commission; and make provision about whiplash claims.

Commons - 60%

Last Event - Committee Stage: House Of Commons
Thursday 20th April 2017

A Bill to regulate access to hormone therapy for children under the age of 18; to make provision relating to social transition practices in schools and other settings; to make provision regarding the meaning of the protected characteristic of sex; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading
Wednesday 6th December 2023
Next Event - 2nd Reading
Friday 15th March 2024
Order Paper number: 3
(Likely to be Debated)

Elizabeth Truss has not co-sponsored any Bills in the current parliamentary sitting


16 Written Questions in the current parliament

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22nd Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 21 June 2023 to Question 187961 on The Department of Business and Trade: Taiwan, if she will identify which minister represented her Department for each meeting it held with representatives of the Taiwan Government in (a) 2018, (b) 2019, (c) 2020, (d) 2021 and (e) 2022; and if she will identify the (i) job title and (ii) grade of the most senior official who represented her Department when a minister was not present for each meeting it held with representatives of the Taiwan Government in (A) 2018, (B) 2019, (C) 2020, (D) 2021 and (E) 2022.

From 2018 to 2022 the annual UK-Taiwan Trade Talks were co-hosted by the Minister of State for Trade Policy. These were Sir George Hollingbery (2018), the Rt Hon Sir Conor Burns (2019), the Rt Hon Greg Hands (2020 and 2022), and the Rt Hon Penny Mordaunt (2021).

The Second Permanent Secretary met with representatives of the Taiwanese Administration in 2022.

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
6th Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, whether her Department has had discussions with representatives of the Government of Taiwan in each of the last five years.

The UK has no diplomatic relations with Taiwan but a strong, unofficial relationship, based on deep and growing ties in a wide range of areas, underpinned by shared democratic values.

The Department for Business and Trade has had discussions with representatives of the Taiwan administration in 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022.

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
6th Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, whether her Department has had discussions with representatives of the Government of Taiwan in each of the last five years.

The UK has no diplomatic relations with Taiwan but a strong, unofficial relationship, based on deep and growing ties in a wide range of areas, underpinned by shared democratic values.

The Department for Science, Innovation and Technology was newly created on 7 February 2023, and the Department has since had discussions with representatives of the Taiwan administration.

1st Sep 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 14 June 2023 to Question 187962 on Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Taiwan, if she will identify which minister represented her Department for each meeting it held with representatives of the Taiwan Government in (a) 2018, (b) 2019, (c) 2020, (d) 2021, (e) 2022 and (f) 2023; and if she will identify the (i) job title and (ii) grade of the most senior official who represented her Department when a minister was not present for each meeting it held with representatives of the Taiwan Government in (A) 2018, (B) 2019, (C) 2020, (D) 2021, (E) 2022 and (F) 2023.

From 2018 to 2022 there has been no Ministerial led discussions with representatives of the Taiwan administration.

The Department did have official level meetings with representatives of the Taiwanese administration during this period, in line with our longstanding policy on Taiwan.

6th Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether her Department has had discussions with representatives of the Government of Taiwan in each of the last five years.

The UK has no diplomatic relations with Taiwan but a strong, unofficial relationship, based on deep and growing ties in a wide range of areas, underpinned by shared democratic values.

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has had a number of discussions with representatives of the Taiwan administration on areas of mutual interest over the last five years.

1st Sep 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 14 June 2023 to Question 187963 on Department for Education: Taiwan, if she will identify which minister represented her Department for each meeting it held with representatives of the Taiwan Government in 2022; and if she will identify the (i) job title and (ii) grade of the most senior official who represented her Department when a minister was not present for each meeting it held with representatives of the Taiwan Government in 2022.

No Department for Education Ministers met with representatives of the Taiwan administration in 2022.

The Department had regular official level meetings with representatives of the Taiwanese administration during this period, both in the UK and through the British Office in Taipei, in line with our longstanding policy on Taiwan.

6th Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether her Department has had discussions with representatives of the Government of Taiwan in each of the last five years.

The UK has no diplomatic relations with Taiwan. It has a strong, unofficial relationship based on deep and growing ties in a wide range of areas, underpinned by shared democratic values.

The department had discussions with representatives of the Taiwan administration in 2022.

Robert Halfon
Minister of State (Education)
1st Sep 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 12 June 2023 to Question 187964 on Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Taiwan, if she will identify which minister represented her Department for each meeting it held with representatives of the Taiwan Government in (a) 2018, (b) 2019, (c) 2020, (d) 2021, (e) 2022 and (f) 2023; and if she will identify the (i) job title and (ii) grade of the most senior official who represented her Department when a minister was not present for each meeting it held with representatives of the Taiwan Government in (A) 2018, (B) 2019, (C) 2020, (D) 2021, (E) 2022 and (F) 2023.

The Department had regular official level meetings with representatives of the Taiwanese administration during this period, both in the UK and through the British Office in Taipei, in line with our longstanding policy on Taiwan.

Mark Spencer
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
6th Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether her Department has had discussions with representatives of the Government of Taiwan in each of the last five years.

The UK has no diplomatic relations with Taiwan but a strong, unofficial relationship, based on deep and growing ties in a wide range of areas, underpinned by shared democratic values.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has had discussions with representatives of the Taiwan administration in years 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023 on agri-food matters.

Mark Spencer
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
1st Sep 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 13 June 2023 to Question 187965 on Department for Transport: Taiwan, if he will identify which minister represented his Department for each meeting it held with representatives of the Taiwan Government in (a) 2018, (b) 2019, (c) 2020, (d) 2021, (e) 2022 and (f) 2023 ; and if he will identify the (i) job title and (ii) grade of the most senior official who represented his Department when a minister was not present for each meeting it held with representatives of the Taiwan Government in (A) 2018, (B) 2019, (C) 2020, (D) 2021, (E) 2022 and (F) 2023.

Between 2018 and 2023, DfT Ministers have met with representatives of Taiwan once. In 2020, Baroness Vere of Norbiton met with the Taipei Representative to the UK to discuss transport matters.

The Department also had regular official level meetings with representatives of the Taiwanese administration during this period, both in the UK and through the British Office in Taipei, in line with our longstanding policy on Taiwan.

6th Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has had discussions with representatives of the Government of Taiwan in each of the last five years.

The UK has no diplomatic relations with Taiwan but there is a strong, unofficial relationship, based on deep and growing ties in a wide range of areas, underpinned by shared democratic values.

The Department for Transport has had discussions with representatives of the Taiwan administration in each of the last 5 years.

1st Sep 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 30 June 2023 to Question 190783 on Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Taiwan: Foreign Relations, if he will identify which minister represented his Department for each meeting it held with representatives of the Taiwan Government in (a) 2018, (b) 2019, (c) 2020, (d) 2021, (e) 2022 and (f) 2023; and if he will identify the (i) job title and (ii) grade of the most senior official who represented his Department when a minister was not present for each meeting it held with representatives of the Taiwan Government in (A) 2018, (B) 2019, (C) 2020, (D) 2021, (E) 2022 and (F) 2023.

There have been no meetings between ministers from this Department and Taiwan in the years 2018 to 2023. The Department has had regular official level meetings with representatives of the Taiwanese administration during this period, both in the UK and through the British Office in Taipei, in line with our longstanding policy on Taiwan.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
1st Sep 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Affairs, whether he plans to take diplomatic steps to support Taiwan’s application to join CPTPP.

The UK has welcomed Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) members' willingness to expand the group. Membership is open to all economies willing and able to meet the high standards of the agreement, and with a demonstrated pattern of complying with their trade commitments. The UK's priority now is the key parliamentary processes needed to take place before the deal can be ratified, and we will not be commenting on the specifics of Taiwan or any other economies' interest in the agreement.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
1st Sep 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Affairs, whether he has made an assessment with Cabinet colleagues of the potential impact of (a) a blockade and (b) an invasion of Taiwan on the economy.

The UK's longstanding position on Taiwan has not changed. The UK has a clear interest in peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait. We consider the Taiwan issue one to be settled peacefully by the people on both sides of the Taiwan Strait through constructive dialogue, without the threat or use of force or coercion. The Government is continually working to strengthen the UK's contingency planning across a range of international challenges, including threats to global supply chains. The Integrated Review Refresh outlines clearly and in detail our commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific; and sets out how we protect UK interests including our economy and supply chains.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
22nd Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether his Department has had discussions with representatives of the Government of Taiwan in each of the last five years.

The UK has no diplomatic relations with Taiwan but a strong, unofficial relationship, based on deep and growing ties in a wide range of areas, underpinned by shared democratic values. The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office has had discussions with representatives of the Taiwan administration in years 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
22nd Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department has had discussions with representatives of the Government of Taiwan in each of the last five years.

The UK has no diplomatic relations with Taiwan but a strong, unofficial relationship, based on deep and growing ties in a wide range of areas, underpinned by shared democratic values.

The Ministry of Defence has had no discussions with representatives of the Taiwan administration in the last five years.

James Heappey
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence) (Minister for the Armed Forces)