BLOG: Big step up for Norfolk MP Liz Truss

PUBLISHED: 10:47 15 July 2014 | UPDATED: 12:33 15 July 2014

Nico Dobben, headteacher of the Thetford Alternative Provision Free School, with Elizabeth Truss MP

Nico Dobben, headteacher of the Thetford Alternative Provision Free School, with Elizabeth Truss MP


The irony of the MP who saw off the so-called Turnip Taliban getting the top agriculture job has not been lost on Westminster.

But ever since she entered parliament in 2010 Liz Truss has been tipped for the top.

She one of the rarer breeds of the Conservative Party - a working class woman who grew up in the north.

But her appointment is far from a token to boost the female ranks around the cabinet table - she is also deemed extremely capable.

Her politics may differ from those on the opposition benches, but she is admired on both sides of the house.

There have been setbacks in her Westminster career, which only begun in 2010.

Nick Clegg took her on, and won, on her plans to relax childcare quotas last year.

And she has seen others promoted around her, amid frenzied media coverage and speculation about her prospects.

But in the 2010 intake race, she appears to have won, in landing this key job at the top table.

It is a big step up, and a department full of hot potatoes.

She will be in charge of flood defences in the aftermath of the wettest winter on record, and will take on the controversial badger cull, which plagued her predecessor Owen Paterson.

And the ardent anti-King’s Lynn incinerator campaigner will also take on the less glamorous responsibility of waste.

She will also have to win over the farmers, who it is claimed tried to save Mr Paterson from the chop.

But as well as taking the helm of a big department, she also wins a place in the heart of Government.

She fills a gaping hole - a voice for rural Norfolk at the highest level of power when cabinet meets each Tuesday.

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