Liz Truss’ property portfolio: from Norfolk to London — here’s where the PM hopeful lives and works

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Liz Truss’ property portfolio: from Norfolk to London — here’s where the PM hopeful lives and works
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Foreign secretary Liz Truss is down to the final two in the race to replace Boris Johnson as Britain’s next prime minister.

The “true-blue” MP, who cites Margaret Thatcher as her inspiration, has represented her South West Norfolk constituency since 2010, and has a more modest property portfolio than her rival Rishi Sunak.

While Sunak and his billionaire heiress wife have a five-bedroom Kensington mews property and a Santa Monica holiday house, Truss’ main residence is her family home in the market town of Thetford, Norfolk, where she lives with her husband and two daughters.

The MP lives in a three-bedroom detached house in the town, which is located 30 miles from Norwich and was the filming location for the popular TV series Dad’s Army. According to Rightmove, detached properties in Thetford have sold for an average of £336,506 in the past 12 months.

Liz Truss strolls through the grounds of Chevening House with the foreign ministers of three Baltic states (Hollie Adams/PA) (PA Wire)
Liz Truss strolls through the grounds of Chevening House with the foreign ministers of three Baltic states (Hollie Adams/PA) (PA Wire)

In addition to her Norfolk home, Truss also has a London property though its exact location is unknown. She also has access to Grade I-listed Chevening House, a 3,000 acre country mansion in Kent which has a lake, maze, and a double hexagonal walled kitchen garden.

Found between Sevenoaks and Biggin Hill, Chevening House dates back 800 years and is used by the foreign secretary for business meetings, though she does have to share the 115-bedroom property with deputy PM Dominic Raab.

The unusual agreement was a compromise by former prime minister Boris Johnson, who agreed to allow the two high-profile cabinet members to share the building for personal and business purposes.

The official Chevening House website says that Truss is the current inhabitant, stating: “The present Nominated Person is the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs.”

Number 1 Carlton Terrace: The official grace-and-favour home of the foreign secretary (Flickr: Garry Knight (Creative Commons))
Number 1 Carlton Terrace: The official grace-and-favour home of the foreign secretary (Flickr: Garry Knight (Creative Commons))

As foreign secretary, Truss was also entitled to take up No 1 Carlton Gardens, two floors of a John Nash-designed building in Westminster which since 1945 has been used as a grace-and-favour flat for those holding the ministerial role.

However Truss was reportedly happy to let former housing secretary Michael Gove move in there instead, despite him being a lower ranked minister. The flat will soon be empty again after Gove was sacked from his cabinet role by Johnson.

While her own property portfolio is relatively low-key, Truss did find herself at the centre of a row over her department’s plans to buy a £20 million “party house” for British diplomats in New York.

A leaked memo seen by The Mail on Sunday stated that Truss was “very supportive” of plans to buy the freehold on a 19th Century townhouse from Guy Wildenstein, an art dealer who is facing a retrial accused of £500 million tax fraud, which he denies.

According to reports the 9,600 sq ft Manhattan townhouse, which has views over the East River, would be used mainly by Dame Barbara Janet Woodward, the UK’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations.

However a Foreign Office spokesperson told the Mail: ‘The Foreign Secretary has not been consulted and has made no decisions on this issue. She has therefore not expressed any views.’

Of course, if Truss is successful in the race to become the next Prime Minister she might choose to relocate her family to number 10 or number 11 Downing Street instead.

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