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Truss’s track record is far from impressive

Truss and those around her haven't exactly reached great levels of success, even outside of governing, over the years

Liz Truss leaves Number 10 Downing Street after Boris Johnson reshuffles his Cabinet to appoint a "strong and united" team in September 2021. Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/PA Images.

I’d have more faith in Liz Truss and those around her if they’d only managed to build up greater track records of success outside of government.

Take the veteran PR man Mark Fullbrook, who has lately joined Truss’s leadership campaign. He was a director – along with Sir Lynton Crosby – of an IT business called Outra. It faced a winding-up petition last week at the high court in London. The nature of the debt prompting the threat of closure was not disclosed. The petition was dismissed after the money owed was paid. Outra, set up in 2016, had managed to amass net liabilities of £14.5m as of December 31 2020

Fullbrook’s directorship at the firm was a short-lived stint in 2017 and Crosby severed his links earlier this year. The pair are also no longer in business together at CT Group, the polling venture Fullbrook walked away from to establish Fullbrook Strategies.

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