UK to receive fifth PM in six years

The UK is set for its fifth prime minister in just over six years – the fastest turnover of new residents at 10 Downing Street in nearly a century.

Since the summer of 2016, the country has seen the final weeks of David Cameron’s premiership, the beginning and end of the first Theresa May, then Boris Johnson’s time as prime minister, and now the very brief stint of Liz Truss in the top job, with another prime minister by the end of this month.

There was a similar rapid turnover in the 1970s, but of the four prime ministers in office from 1974 to 1979 – Edward Heath, Harold Wilson, Jim Callaghan and Margaret Thatcher – Wilson had been in office for much of the years. 60.

To find a comparable turnover of new prime ministers, it is necessary to go back almost 100 years.

From the summer of 1922 to the end of 1924, four different people held the post of Prime Minister, all for the first time.

It started with David Lloyd George (Liberal), coming to the end of a long stint as Prime Minister; followed by Andrew Bonar Law (conservative) who resigned after a few months due to illness; then Stanley Baldwin (Conservative), who lasted only a few months before failing to secure a majority in a general election; and finally Ramsay MacDonald (Labour), who led a short-lived minority government.

The turnover of prime ministers in the UK has accelerated in recent decades.

In just over 15 years since the summer of 2007, Downing Street will have welcomed six different Prime Ministers: Gordon Brown, David Cameron, Theresa May, Boris Johnson, Liz Truss and her successor.

But in the 28 years between 1979 and 2007, only three people held the top positions: Margaret Thatcher, John Major and Tony Blair.

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