Liz Truss becomes first woman in a decade to hold foreign secretary post after Dominic Raab demotion

International Trade Secretary Liz Truss has replaced Dominic Raab as foreign secretary making her one of four women to hold one of the top four posts.

Truss becomes the first woman to hold the post in more than a decade – after Boris Johnson demoted Dominic Raab to justice secretary in the wake of the Afghanistan crisis.

"The prime minister has put in place a strong and united team which is going to deliver for the United Kingdom," Ms Truss said.

Asked whether the prime minister had discussed the job changes with his wife, Carrie Johnson, his spokesperson said no. Johnson’s former chief adviser Dominic Cummings tweeted on Wednesday morning that it would be a “Carrie reshuffle”.

The reshuffle will leave new ministers with only a few weeks to prepare for the Conservative party conference – and, most pressingly, for the government’s spending review, where departments have to make detailed submissions to the Treasury.

Ms Truss, 46, has completed a number of post-Brexit trade deals with countries around the world and is popular with Conservative Party members.

A former justice and environment secretary under Theresa May, Ms Truss' appointment means she is the second-ever female foreign secretary, after Labour's Margaret Beckett under Tony Blair.

Ms Truss, who grew up in Scotland and Leeds, studied philosophy, politics and economics at Oxford University, where she was president of the university's Liberal Democrats before joining the Conservative Party in 1996.

A qualified management accountant, she was a local councillor in Greenwich before becoming the MP for South West Norfolk in 2010.

She was appointed as a junior minister in the Department for Education, then became environment secretary then justice secretary under Theresa May, the first woman to hold the position.

In 2017, Ms Truss was moved to chief secretary to the Treasury, attending cabinet, and became an avid Twitter and Instagram user.

She ran in the leadership campaign against Boris Johnson but was unsuccessful and then endorsed Mr Johnson who rewarded her with the international trade brief.

Truss will remain minister for women and equalities.