Liz Truss has also been promoted to foreign secretary in Boris Johnson’s cabinet reshuffle, while retaining her role as minister for women and equalities.
Truss was seen entering 10 Downing Street on Wednesday (15 September), and in a tweet Downing Street later confirmed: The Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss MP has been appointed Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs.
“She remains as Minister for Women and Equalities.”
— UK Prime Minister (@10DowningStreet) September 15, 2021
Truss, who was trade secretary, replaces outgoing foreign secretary Dominic Raab, who has faced immense pressure over his actions during the fall of Afghanistan to the Taliban.
He is now justice secretary and deputy prime minister – a role last filled by Nick Clegg during the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition.
The news of Truss’ promotion comes amid continued criticism over her approach to LGBT+ rights.
In May this year, the government’s own LGBT Advisory Panel collapsed after several members resigned, accusing the Conservatives of creating a “hostile environment” for LGBT+ people in the UK.
Truss told MPs that the LGBT Advisory Panel was disbanded after a “fundamental disagreement” over members’ support for gender recognition law reforms.
During the same month, she indicated the government may be dropping its long-promised LGBT Action Plan, insisting that delivering the pledges laid out in 2018 was no longer a “priority”.
Under Truss, the Government Equalities Office has scrapped all plans to reform the “dehumanising” gender recognition process, despite polling clearly showing that the majority of the British public supports it.
Left-wing activist George Aylett wrote on Twitter: “Remember when Liz Truss dismissed concerns over the current demeaning bureaucratic process trans people have to go through right now?
“She said ID reform was ‘not the top priority for transgender people’ despite trans people saying otherwise and overwhelming calls for self ID… Liz Truss is a disgrace.”
Remember when Liz Truss dismissed concerns over the current demeaning bureaucratic process trans people have to go through right now?
She said ID reform was ‘not the top priority for transgender people’ despite trans people saying otherwise and overwhelming calls for self ID.. https://t.co/lnhlg3E48g
— George Aylett (@GeorgeAylett) September 15, 2021
Kobe Bibbon, trans rep for Young Liberals, the youth and student wing of the Lib Dems, tweeted: “It in an insult to trans, non-binary and gender diverse people across the country that Liz Truss remains minister for women and equalities.
“The Tories anti-trans agenda allows flames of transphobia to raise even higher. Young Liberals will keep fighting hard for trans rights.”
It in an insult to trans, non binary and gender diverse people across the country that Liz Truss remains minister for women and equalities. The tories anti-trans agenda allows flames of transphobia to raise even higher. @YoungLiberalsUK will keep fighting hard for trans rights
— Kobe (@Kobebibbon) September 15, 2021
British Labour Party politician Marsha de Cordova quit her role on the opposition frontbench as shadow women and equalities minister on Tuesday (14 September).
Announcing her departure from the shadow cabinet, she said the decision was made with “much sadness”.
Sources told LabourList that her resignation has “absolutely nothing to do with trans rights”.
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