News | Published September 11 2019

Liz Truss appointed as equalities minister

Following the resignation of Amber Rudd from government and the Conservative party this Saturday, Liz Truss has been appointed as Minister for Women and Equalities. 

The role covers policies relating to equality and women.

Truss, also the secretary for International Trade, tweeted: “Great to be appointed minister for women & equalities. Vital we remove barriers to opportunity and enable everyone to be free to live the life they want.”

The Labour party have criticised the prime minister for treating the position as an “inconvenience”.

Dawn Butler, the shadow secretary for women and equalities, has voiced concern that the position is being “undermined”.

She has shadowed five women and equalities ministers in the past two years.

She told the Commons "When the next person is appointed, they will be the tenth to be appointed to the brief since 2010”.

Truss has previously been criticised for her support of Mumsnet, a site which was involved in accusations of promoting transphobic hate speech, as some users called for a new “Section 28” aimed at members of the trans community.

Truss’ new role will see her become responsible for any reforms to the Gender Recognition Act. The act determines the legal rights of trans and non-binary people.

A report into the act was intended to be published, following public consultation, prior to parliament’s summer recess, however, it has been confirmed by the equalities office that the response has been delayed.

The position has previously been held by Theresa May, Justine Greening and Nicky Morgan.

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Alice Jaspars
Culture Editor
September 11 2019

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