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Truss takes office as first female Lord Chancellor

By Cathy Gordon

Published 22/07/2016

Proud: Liz Truss
Proud: Liz Truss

The first woman to be made Lord Chancellor in the thousand-year history of the role has been sworn into office.

Liz Truss, Conservative MP for South West Norfolk, was welcomed to her new appointment by leading members of the judiciary at a colourful ceremony at the Royal Courts of Justice in London yesterday.

The 40-year-old took over the office - which can be traced back to Anglo-Saxon times - from Michael Gove, and also replaced him as Justice Secretary.

Dressed in gold and black garb, she took her oath and pledged to respect the rule of law, defend judicial independence and ensure effective support for the courts.

The country's top judges, including Supreme Court president Lord Neuberger and Master of the Rolls Lord Dyson, were present for the proceedings in a packed, oak-panelled courtroom.

Describing the occasion as "historic", Lord Chief Justice Lord Thomas said that a "long-standing monopoly has been swept away, and it is plainly not before time".

Mother-of-two Truss told the dozens of judges and lawyers in attendance in their traditional robes and wigs: "I am delighted to have been appointed to this role. It is a privilege and an honour for me to have been sworn in today as the first woman Lord Chancellor."

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