South West Norfolk MP Liz Truss. Picture: Ian Burt

South West Norfolk MP Elizabeth Truss is the new Foreign Secretary.

Her new role was announced on Wednesday as part of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s major reshuffle of his top team of cabinet ministers.

She replaces Dominic Raab, who will be Justice Secretary, Lord Chancellor and Deputy Prime Minister.

Ms Truss, whose last appointment was International Trade Secretary, remains as minister for women and equalities.

Ms Truss, 46, has held previous offices including Chief Secretary to the Treasury from 2017 to 2019, Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice from 2016 to 2017 and Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs from 2014 to 2016.

She is the Conservative Party’s first female foreign secretary and only the second female to be appointed to the post after Labour’s Margaret Beckett.

On Twitter she said she was “delighted” to be appointed and looked forward to promoting a “positive outward-looking global Britain.”

She also said she looked forward to “working with allies to tackle the greatest global challenges” and “ensuring our foreign policy delivers for people” across the country. 

Ms Truss was elected MP for South West Norfolk in 2010.