BLOG: Big step up for Norfolk MP Liz Truss

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

Tuesday, July 15, 2014
10:47 AM

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

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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.

13 comments

  • Andy T - what you really need to ask yourself is how much the local tax payer has actually been saved over the next 30 years by NOT having an incinerator in the locality. If it was value for money then the Lib - Lab cabinet would have stuck with it instead of walking away from CW. If you're going to try and debunk the Tories then please get your facts straight first,

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    Fenscape 2

    Thursday, July 17, 2014

  • what is her expertise on the environment? and why has she not stopped the nuclear power deal instantly, as being too dangerous and unsustainable? How will she tackle Britains failure to reach its CO2 carbon reduction targets?

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Wednesday, July 16, 2014

  • We need to debunk the myth that the anti-incinerator campaigners are responsible for the compensation bill. The compensation bill is a direct result of the contract which NCC entered in to. The anti-incinerator campaigners merely exercised their legally protected rights.

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    LynnLegend

    Wednesday, July 16, 2014

  • I share your views Andy T. She may be a Cameron luvvie, but outside of SW Norfolk, there's a question mark over her and what her tactics may have cost the rest of us Norfolk taxpayers in pound notes. The compensation cost for that incinerator has meant that the county is suffering cuts in services as a result.

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    Honest Injun

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

  • @EDP picture editor. Caption should read "Nico Dobbens left shoulder..."

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    Mark Adams

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

  • la barbe I agree with you 100 per cent. We had all this nonsense with Tony Blair and his babes. Giving people a job based mainly on their sex to fill some quota or other has been a disaster right across the public sector. Which is why the Labour party in particular has so many duff female MPs who are not there on merit, but are there purely because they came from an all female list. It seems we never learn from past mistakes.

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    BG

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

  • Can't understand this frenzy to appoint females andor younger people to the Cabinet. Surely the country needs to have the best and most capable people in post and not some tokenist, makeweight quota fillers!

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    la barbe

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

  • Who did she kneel in front of for this job?

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    A M

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

  • Be interesting to find out what part she played in getting the credits cancelled on the incinerator, and thereby saddling the Counties tax payers with millions for cancelling the development. I'm sure the taxpayer would love to know how much she has cost them!

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    Andy T

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

  • Wonderful journalism EDP. After mentioning her responsibility for waste you say ".....she fills a gaping hole" Priceless.

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    One Horse Town

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

  • Sorry. Forgot to say that I suppose the EDP will start gushing over her, censoring anything they consider goes against her, same as that other idiot.

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    "V"

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

  • This should be a laugh. Lets see what fluffy bunny soloutions she can come up with about flooding ?. And I agree with you GoneAway. Yet another parasite who has never had a real job

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    "V"

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

  • Oh look - another minister who has never held a real job, or lived in the real world, with real people. That's bound to help.

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    GoneAway

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

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