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Lady Chancellor? Theresa May appoints first female Justice Secretary

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Michael Gove sacked, now meet the woman taking his place

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Theresa May has appointed Liz Truss as Justice Secretary — the first woman ever to hold this position.

In what’s shaping up to be yet another turbulent day in British politics, former Justice Secretary Michael Gove was ruthlessly sacked this morning by brand new Prime Minister May.

For the next hour, Twitter agonised over who the new replacement would be.

Many lawyers feared it’d be round two for Chris Grayling, who has been accused of cocking up the justice system while he was Lord Chancellor. Others speculated it would be Jeremy Hunt, who no one really likes either.

But the firm favourite, in the legal twittersphere anyway, was former Attorney-General Dominic Grieve QC.

So imagine the surprise when May announced the new justice secretary was, er, none of these people.

Enter Liz Truss: MP for South West Norfolk.

A bit about her: her background is not in law — she studied Politics, Economics and Philosophy at Oxford and then went on to work in sales and economics. She used to be the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Her father was a professor of maths at the University of Leeds, and Truss has a head for figures, too: while working as deputy director of Reform, she co-authored a report called The Value of Mathematics.

Like May — but unlike Gove — Truss fought for the UK to remain in the EU. She’s also been very vocal about her desire to scrap the Human Rights Act, something PM May also wants.

Rather excitingly, there is now speculation about whether Truss will be known as ‘Lady Chancellor’.

So, lawyers, breathe a sigh of relief: Grayling is not our new Justice Secretary!!!!!

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Anonymous

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Anonymous

Every position cabinet should be filled by clones of Boris Johnson.

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Anonymous

Not that exciting referring to a woman as a Lady instead of Lord. Each to his own though I suppose.

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ScaredLawyer

Legal Aid was always going to go the way of the bees.

“indissolubly wedded to a set of theories about how the world should be, that are impervious to argument, facts or experience. Lynn Truss was among the first ministers to put her own department on the block in the latest spending review, volunteering massive cuts. She seems determined to dismantle the protections that secure our quality of life: the rules and agencies defending the places and wildlife we love.”

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Anonymous

Didn’t Lynn Truss write that book about pandas and apostrophes?

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Anonymous

Yes. I didn’t think a quote from George Monbiot could be made more risible but ScaredLawyer’s managed it. Top comedy sir.

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Anonymous

Let’s just cut all benefits (bar for disability). I am sick of having to maintain all these parasitic freeloaders.

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Anonymous

Pensioners you mean? By far the largest bit of the welfare bill… http://visual.ons.gov.uk/welfare-spending/

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Michael

Liz Truss – whose insight into the world revolves around the Nordic nations. If the Swedes do it, then it must be ok for us to do it too.

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Proctor & Gamble

I can do it too with Kandoo!

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Anonymous

No more like button 🙁 R.I.P Legal Cheek

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Anonymous

It’s been coming and going for the past few days. I guess Alex forgot to pay his ISP.

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Peter

Of course she isn’t “Lady Chancellor”, just as her boss isn’t (and Margaret Thatcher wasn’t) “First Lady of the Treasury”, and just as none of the female Leaders of the House of Commons or Leaders of the House of Lords has ever been “Lady Privy Seal” or “Lady President of the Council”.

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Insider

Described as having very set views that are unalterable about the world and a very large ego that believes she is always correct , so I would not hold out much hope

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Lord Lyle of Law, Briefs and Trials

Lynne Truss did indeed pen Eats, Shoots & Leaves. Which makes her eminently qualified to be a justice secretary, particularly as she knows nothing of law.
Gone died the British constitution when the head of the judiciary was Lord Chancellory, a title extinct, and replaced with Minister of Injustice and Lawlessness, where the sin qua non for the post, be total forensic ignorance.

Could my learned friends kindly adopt a pen name, rather than everyone being Anonymous?

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