Following Boris Johnson’s resignation, the race to elect the Conservative Party’s next leader is ongoing.

Only two candidates remain in the running following the latest round of voting by MPs – Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss.

Six MPs have already been eliminated from the race: Penny Mordaunt, Kemi Badenoch, Tom Tugendhat, Suella Braverman, Nadhim Zahawi and Jeremy Hunt.

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss is set to go head to head with Rishi Sunak for the role of prime minister – but that’s not the only reason she’s a hot topic of conversation online.

The 46-year-old is also a viral meme thanks to a speech that has resurfaced…

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Liz Truss ‘cheese’ speech resurfaces

Amid the Tory leadership race a speech by Liz Truss has gone viral on social media as she speaks about, of all things, cheese.

The clip comes from a talk she gave at a Conservative Party Conference while she was secretary for the environment under David Cameron in 2014.  

At the time, Truss was talking about the UK’s strong food industry including growing wheat, producing cheese and exporting tea.

“We’re producing more varieties of cheese than the French,” she said before the audience roared into applause.

Truss went on to say she wanted to see people eating more food produced in Britain before adding a line that has gone viral for almost a decade.

“At the moment, we import two-thirds of all of our apples. We import nine-tenths of all of our pears. We import two-thirds of our cheese, that is a disgrace,” she said.

The MP’s particular emphasis on the word “disgrace” and the curious topic of cheese instantly turned the clip into an internet meme, and it’s resurfaced again this month.

Memes flood Twitter amid Tory leadership race

Find somebody who smiles at you like Liz Truss does when talking about cheese:

Cheese markets rejoice:

The top Google search:

More cheese in British politics:

The faces of Liz Truss:

Who is Liz Truss?

Liz Truss is a Conservative politician who currently serves as Foreign Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities.

Before that, she served as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Childcare and Education from 2012 to 2014 before being appointed Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

The 46-year-old was Secretary of State for Justice and Lord Chancellor in Theresa May’s government. Then, she became Chief Secretary to the Treasury in 2017.

After becoming prime minister, Boris Johnson appointed her as Secretary of State for International Trade and president of the Board of Trade before she replaced Dominic Raab as Foreign Secretary.

Born in Oxford, England, her family moved to Scotland when she was just four years old but she moved back there to read philosophy, politics and economics at Merton College, Oxford.

At Oxford, she was president of Oxford University Liberal Democrats and a member of the national executive committee of Liberal Democrat Youth and Students. 

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