UK PM, Liz Truss Resigns After Just 45 Days


Prime Minister Liz Truss resigns as UK prime minister and leader of the Conservative Party

Speaking outside Downing Street, she said she could not deliver the mandate on which she was elected

New leader

It kickstarts a contest to find the next Tory leader and PM – they will be chosen by next Friday

Candidates will need the backing of at least 100 Conservative MPs, and nominations close by 2pm on Monday

The newly-appointed Chancellor Jeremy Hunt rules himself out. But Rishi Sunak and Penny Mordaunt are seen as contenders

Sources close to former PM Boris Johnson do not confirm or deny speculation he will stand again

Truss’s departure after 45 days in office makes her the shortest-serving PM in UK history

Her now-abandoned September mini-budget started the turmoil; a chaotic night in the Commons on Wednesday sealed her fate

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Source: BBC


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