France: Liz Truss warns to ‘stop threatening’ UK
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The new league tables published by Conservative Home, show that Liz Truss is still the most popular cabinet member by a staggering lead. Ranked by Conservative Party members, Foreign Secretary Liz Truss has a score of 85.5 based on her performance in October, in comparison, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has a score of 19.7.
Ms Truss has continuously achieved a satisfaction score between 82.8 and 89.8 since December 2020.
But since June, Boris Johnson has consistently scored below 20 points.
Mr Johnson’s cabinet reshuffle in mid-September saw Ms Truss taking a new role, switching from Trade Secretary to Foreign Secretary.
In her time as International Trade Secretary, Ms Truss traversed the world securing trade deals with 68 countries as well as the European Union.
She was applauded for her work as Trade Secretary and became the face of “Global Britain” cementing her place as a favourite among Conservative Party loyalists, according to politics reporter Amy Mackinnon.
As Foreign Secretary, Truss has smashed a glass ceiling, becoming the second woman ever, and first from the Conservative Party, to hold the job.
In political circles, it is believed that Mr Johnson promoted Ms Truss to the position of Foreign Secretary to reward her hard work and acknowledge her popularity, whilst also ensuring she was out of the domestic spotlight to ward off any leadership bids.
Garvan Walshe, a former national and international security policy advisor to the Conservative Party, said: “Despite being sent abroad, she’ll find ways to insert herself into the domestic political debate.”
In 2019, as Theresa May’s tenure came to an end, Ms Truss briefly put forward a leadership bid but later became the first cabinet member to endorse Mr Johnson in his successful run to take up the Conservative Party’s helm.
Explaining her decision to set out her leadership vision, Ms Truss said as a woman in politics she had learned that “you have to be prepared to put yourself forward because nobody else is going to”, according to the Daily Mail.
When the opportunity next arises, it seems likely that Ms Truss would be eager to take over the Tory leadership from Mr Johnson.
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Reports have emerged that Ms Truss and her rival colleague Rishi Sunak are on “constant manoeuvres” to line themselves up as future leaders amongst their Tory peers.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak and the Foreign Secretary are said to have been “sounding out” colleagues, and allies of Ms Truss, including her parliamentary private secretary Bim Afolami, have allegedly been “working it quite hard” to see if she has a chance, the Daily Mail reports.
But both ministers could be waiting a while for the next leadership election as the Prime Minister reportedly intends to outlast Margaret Thatcher’s 11-year tenure at Downing Street.
YouGov statistics found that approximately 51 percent of people have heard of Ms Truss, a figure that she will need to raise if a leadership bid is on the horizon.
Georgina Wright, director of the Europe program at the Institut Montaigne in Paris said that Ms Truss’s time as Foreign Secretary will be “her chance to show the UK who she is and what she’s capable of doing”.
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Recently, Ms Truss has won the respect of Britons by threatening France with legal action after Emmanuel Macron’s ministers issued “completely unreasonable” threats to cut off the UK’s energy supply and close French ports to British fishermen.
The French President backed down in a huge win for the Foreign Secretary.
Malcolm Chalmers, a former senior advisor to Labour Foreign Secretaries Jack Straw and Margaret Beckett, said of Ms Truss: “She plays to that very gung-ho optimistic soft nationalism that Johnson conveys quite successfully and has done quite successfully.
“It’s not a dour, pessimistic, backward-looking nationalism.
“It’s a ‘we can do it. We’re the UK Anything is possible,’ style of nationalism.”
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