It has today been announced that The Rt Honourable Elizabeth Truss MP has been appointed as The Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice. She replaces The Rt Honourable Michael Gove MP to become the first female Lord Chancellor and Justice Secretary.

Elizabeth studied philosophy, politics and economics at Merton College, Oxford and commenced her political career as a Member of Parliament in 2010. She has served as both: Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Education and Childcare in September 2012 and Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs from July 2014 until July 2016.

Prior to embarking upon her political career, Elizabeth worked within the energy and telecommunications industry for 10 years as a commercial manager and economics director. She is a qualified management accountant.

As Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, she has oversight of all business conducted by the Ministry of Justice, from judicial policy to resourcing of the department.

Elizabeth is the third incumbent in succession to have no legal background. We hope that she will acquire the foresight, knowledge, empathy and strength to protect our justice system.

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