Liz Truss becomes Britain’s shortest-serving prime minister

Liz Truss becomes the shortest-serving prime minister in British history.

She announced her resignation after serving only 44 full days in the roleā€”far behind the next shortest premiership, that of Tory statesman George Canning, who spent 118 full days as prime minister in 1827 before dying in office at the hands of a poor health.

Truss would have caught up with this number of days on January 3, 2023.

But instead, she will be more than two months short, and her successor will be chosen within the week.

There have been several prime ministers who have not lasted a year for various reasons.

These include two Conservative Prime Ministers of the past 100 years: Andrew Bonar Law, who served 211 days from 1922 to 1923 before resigning due to ill health, and Alec Douglas-Home, who served 364 days in 1963-64. managed to lose a general election.

During the 18th and early 19th centuries, it was not uncommon for prime ministers to serve for only one or two years, or to do the job for short periods on several occasions.

Historical figures who fell a full year short as Prime Minister include the 4th Duke of Devonshire, who was Prime Minister for 225 days in 1756-57, and the 2nd Earl of Shelburne, who succeeded for 265 days in 1782-83.

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