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BREAKING: UK Prime Minister Liz Truss resigns after 44 days in office

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BREAKING: UK Prime Minister Liz Truss resigns after 44 days in office

Liz Truss is the shortest serving Prime Minister in British history as she resigned on her 44th day in office.

This is long way behind the next shortest premiership, that of Tory statesman George Canning, who spent 118 full days as PM in 1827 before dying in office from ill health.

Ms Truss was to have overtaken this number of days on January 3 2023.

But instead she will fall short by more than two months, with the next prime minister due to be elected within the next week.

Liz Truss’ resignation statement in full
Here is Liz Truss’s resignation statement as delivered in Downing Street:

‘I came into office at a time of great economic and international instability. Families and businesses were worried about how to pay their bills.

BREAKING: UK Prime Minister Liz Truss resigns after 44 days in office

‘Putin’s illegal war in Ukraine threatens the security of our whole continent. And our country has been held back for too long by low economic growth.

‘I was elected by the Conservative Party with a mandate to change this – we delivered on energy bills and on cutting national insurance.

‘And we set out a vision for a low-tax, high-growth economy that would take advantage of the freedoms of Brexit.

‘I recognise though, given the situation, I cannot deliver the mandate on which I was elected by the Conservative Party.

‘I have therefore spoken to His Majesty the King to notify him that I am resigning as leader of the Conservative Party.

‘This morning I met the chairman of the 1922 Committee, Sir Graham Brady. We have agreed that there will be a leadership election to be completed within the next week.

‘This will ensure that we remain on a path to deliver our fiscal plans and maintain our country’s economic stability and national security.

‘I will remain as Prime Minister until a successor has been chosen. Thank you.’

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BREAKING: UK Prime Minister Liz Truss resigns after 44 days in office

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