Elizabeth Truss is the Conservative candidate for South West Norfolk and Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State of Justice. From July 2014 to July 2016 she was Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
Elizabeth is keen to see the highest quality education available for children in South West Norfolk. She is also focused on delivering improved infrastructure, particularly road, rail and broadband, and building on the success of the ‘Make it Marham’ campaign to make RAF Marham a hub for high quality engineering jobs.
In her previous role at the Department of Education, Elizabeth championed improvements to maths and science education, GCSE reform and a new national curriculum, which raises expectations in England in line with high performing countries. Her reforms to childcare have made it easier for schools to open nurseries, expanded the number and quality of early years teachers, and improved access to childminding.
Prior to entering Parliament, Elizabeth was Deputy Director of the think-tank Reform, where she advocated more rigorous academic standards in schools and urgent action to deal with Britain's falling competitiveness. 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. 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.