A discreet husband and two teenagers: family portrait of the new British PM

A low-key husband and two teenage boys: family portrait of Britain's new PM< /p> UPDATE DAY

LONDON | Like her predecessors, Liz Truss moves to Downing Street with her family, her husband and their two teenage daughters, who will have to get used to this new life on the front of the stage. 

< p>Hugh O'Leary, husband of Liz Truss for 22 years, was at her side on Monday when the Conservative Party recorded its victory, then again on Tuesday, accompanying his wife on her entry into Downing Street.

At 48 years, this chartered accountant graduated from the London school of economics, is a man reputed to be discreet, who “could walk in the street without being recognized, even in Downing Street”, recently mocked the daily The Mirror .

Liz Truss and her husband.

He thus stayed away from his wife's campaign this summer, despite his long-standing political involvement with the Conservatives – he and Liz Truss met in 1997 at the party's annual convention. “He doesn't want to have a major public role,” Ms. Truss told the Telegraph at the start of the campaign.

Observers often compare him to the ex-husband of Prime Minister Theresa May, who had chosen to keep a low profile, unlike Carrie Johnson, the wife of the outgoing Prime Minister.

Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie.

According to the newspaper The Guardian, he would rather “take care of domestic business during the week, while his wife is busy at Westminster”.

“When I need a late discussion on a reform of supply policy or on econometrics, I always have someone on hand”, however told Liz Truss, quoted by The Mirror.

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Hugh O'Leary, who serves as CFO of a real estate company, may continue to work from the couple's residence in the southeast London or find an office near Westminster, The Guardian understands, quoting a friend.

Like his wife, whose extramarital relationship with a married Conservative parliamentarian revealed in 2006 almost cost him his election as an MP three years later, he had desires to enter politics in the early 2000s but without succeeding in getting elect.

The couple have two daughters, Frances 16 and Liberty 13, according to photos of birthday cakes posted by their mother on Instagram, who are also moving to Downing Street. After Boris Johnson's babies born while he was Prime Minister, or David Cameron's young children, they are the first teenage girls to live there since the children of former Labor Prime Minister Tony Blair 25 years ago.

“Very excited”

Like the two daughters of former US President Barack Obama, Malia and Sasha, in the United States, they are about to become among the teenagers most scrutinized by the British media.

According to The Guardian they are “very excited” about moving to No 10 or No 11, a more spacious apartment preferred by many prime ministers for their private apartments, whose back door opens directly onto St James's Park.

“They have already planned slumber parties with their friends in Downing Street and at Checkers (the prime minister's country residence), with its huge garden and heated swimming pool,” the newspaper believes.

Frances participated in her mother's campaign, in the digital team. “Frances may be a little more centrist and Liberty a little more conservative, but they're both very encouraging to me,” Liz Truss told The Timesduring the campaign, adding that she talks to them “all the time about politics”.

“I am very open with my daughters. I think it's the only way to act because it's a life with a lot of pressure, ”added the now Prime Minister, who is however very protective of her private life.

Few photos of her daughters exist, except for a few posted by their mother on Instagram, including one in 2019 showing them from behind walking in a park.

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It is not certain that such discretion is still possible now that the family has moved to Downing Street.

In the past Euan Blair , son of Tony Blair, had made the headlines, photogr Aphie died drunk aged 16 in central London, embarrassing his prime minister father.