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Liz Truss claims the civil service is staffed by ‘trans activists’ and ‘environmental extremists’


  • The former PM was speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference

Liz Truss has claimed that the civil service is being staffed by ‘trans activists’ and ‘environmental extremists’.

The former prime minister said she was thwarted by the ‘deep state’ which opposed her mini-budget and caused the downfall of her government.

In a speech at a major grassroots conservative conference in the US, she also appeared to endorse Donald Trump, telling delegates: ‘We need a Republican back in the White House. We need it desperately.’

She was speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference (Cpac) which has become a platform for supporters of Mr Trump, who will address delegates on Saturday.

His allies rail against what they term the ‘deep state’ – career government staffers they accuse of attempting to thwart their agenda.

Liz Truss has claimed that the civil service is being staffed by 'trans activists' and 'environmental extremists' while speaking  at the Conservative Political Action Conference (Cpac)

Liz Truss has claimed that the civil service is being staffed by ‘trans activists’ and ‘environmental extremists’ while speaking  at the Conservative Political Action Conference (Cpac)

Ms Truss joined Nigel Farage and Steve Bannon, Mr Trump's former chief White House strategist, on a panel on Wednesday

Ms Truss joined Nigel Farage and Steve Bannon, Mr Trump’s former chief White House strategist, on a panel on Wednesday

Ms Truss joined Nigel Farage and Steve Bannon, Mr Trump’s former chief White House strategist, on a panel on Wednesday to mark the opening night of the conference.

She reserved most of her criticism for the civil service which she accused of being biased.

‘Now people are joining the civil service who are essentially activists. They might be trans activists, they might be environmental extremists, but they are now having a voice within the civil service… we have a wholly new problem,’ she said.

She also criticised quangos, defining them as ‘the administrative state, the deep state. We have more than 500 of these quangos in Britain and they run everything.’

Railing against ‘wokenomics’, she told delegates that her plans to transform Britain’s economy had been undermined by vested interests by the establishment.

She said she had faced resistance from the civil service and other institutions – and even the US President Joe Biden.

‘I faced the most almighty backlash to those conservative policies I tried to put in place from the usual suspects in the media, from the usual suspects in the corporate world,’ she said.

Truss claimed that the civil service is being staffed by 'trans activists' and 'environmental extremists. Pictured: File photo of the Cabinet Office in Whitehall

Truss claimed that the civil service is being staffed by ‘trans activists’ and ‘environmental extremists. Pictured: File photo of the Cabinet Office in Whitehall 

‘Also, people that were meant to work for the government, the Office of Budget Responsibility, the Bank of England, these organisations sought to undermine the policies.

‘Even the IMF intervened. Even President Biden intervened to have a go at my policies. Can you imagine being attacked on your economic policies by the inventor of Bidenomics? Talk about offensive.

‘The reality is with that level of antagonism I simply was not able to implement those policies, which I believe – Conservative Party members believe – would have delivered for our country.’

She also criticised the UK’s failure to end EU laws following Brexit, telling delegates: ‘You may think that we voted for Brexit and back in 2016.

‘I’m sure you’re going to be surprised to hear that the vast majority of those EU laws are still on our statute books.

‘A bit like getting divorced and still living in the same house as your ex-husband.’



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