Updated Oct 20, 2022 - World

Liz Truss just became the U.K.’s shortest-tenured PM

Shortest-tenured U.K. PMs, 1922-2022
Data: Axios research; Chart: Erin Davis/Axios Visuals

Outgoing U.K. Prime Minister Liz Truss' sudden resignation on Thursday after a mere 45 days in office makes her the country's shortest-serving prime minister by far, and puts her into rarified company of leaders who failed to stand the test of time.

Between the lines: In the past 100 years, only six prime ministers have served less than three years.

  • 7 months: Bonar Law, who served as prime minister from October 1922 to May 1923, resigned amid a battle with cancer.
  • 1 year: Sir Alec Douglas-Home lasted just under a year as prime minister, resigning in 1964.
  • 2 years: Sir Anthony Eden lasted one year and nine months in his role as prime minister, resigning in 1957 amid outrage of his handling of the Suez Crisis and poor health.
  • 3 years: Gordon Brown served as prime minister for 2 years and 11 months before being replaced by David Cameron in 2010.
  • 3 years: Neville Chamberlain was the U.K.'s prime minister for almost exactly three years, from May 1937-May 1940, before ultimately resigning.
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