Liz Truss praised for diverse cabinet

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Liz Truss praised for diverse cabinet

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Liz Truss speaks during her first weekly prime minister’s questions session at the House of Commons on Thursday © UK Parliament/AFP/Getty Images

First black chancellor of the exchequer among prime minister’s appointees.

Addressing MPs in the House of Commons chamber on Wednesday, former prime minister Theresa May wryly observed that of the UK’s three elected female prime ministers all have hailed from the Conservative party. 

Not only is Liz Truss the UK’s third female PM, but her new cabinet is also the most ethnically diverse ever, with none of the great offices of state — Number 10, the Treasury, the Foreign Office and the Home Office — held by a white man. 

With Kwasi Kwarteng as the UK’s first black chancellor of the exchequer and Wendy Morton as the first Conservative female chief whip, the party’s front benches look very different to two decades ago.

Click here to read the full article published by Financial Times on 7 September 2022.

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