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Potential Prime Minister Liz Truss’ Wolds links

Could one of the candidates to become the next leader of the Conservative Party and subsequently the person to take over from Boris Johnson as Prime Minister have links with the Wolds Weekly area?

Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak are currently going head-to-head to become the new head of the Conservatives, with the result of a vote by members set to be confirmed by Monday 5th September.

As debates between the two were broadcast to a national audience, the Wolds Weekly was alerted to a potential connection that Ms Truss, the MP for South West Norfolk, has to Driffield and the Wolds.

A tweet posted by the current Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs on 29th April 2012 reads: ‘My great grandfather brought up in Wetwang. Moved family to bright lights of Driffield’.

Former Driffield and Langtoft resident, and keen local historian, Mike Kennie, visited the Wolds Weekly office last week.

Mike explained that he lived next-door to Ms Truss’ great-grandad and great-grandma, George and Mary Grasby, on George Street in Driffield.

Mike recalls that George was badly injured during World War One, possibly in the Battle of Passchendaele, and lost his leg.

However, upon his return, George ran a cobbler’s shop on Adelphi Street and would often be climbing ladders outside the building.

George, had a son, George Raymond, who would be Liz Truss’ grandad.

So where does the surname Truss come from? Mike explained that George Raymond married a Truss, whose forename he believes was Priscilla and they had two children.

Whether she retains any links to the area is unknown, with Ms Truss born in Oxford before moving to Scotland and attending schools in Paisley and Leeds.

The Wolds Weekly has contacted Ms Truss’ office for comment, however, we have yet to receive a response.

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