Liz Truss becomes shortest serving UK Prime Minister, resigns after saying she’s ‘a fighter, not a quitter’

Oct 21, 2022
Liz Truss resigns. Source: Getty

Liz Truss has just become the shortest-serving Prime Minister in the history of the United Kingdom, tendering her resignation after just 44 days.

Following a tumultuous time in office, kick-started by a poorly thought-out “mini-budget”, Truss quit her post just one day after telling members of parliament that she was “a fighter, not a quitter”.

Despite the PM backflipping on her ill-advised tax-cutting budget plan, Truss shouldered no responsibility as she blamed the state she’d inherited her job in during her resignation speech.

“I came into office at a time of great economic and international instability. Families and businesses were worried about how to pay their bills. Putin’s illegal war in Ukraine threatens the security of our whole continent, and our country had been held back for too long by low economic growth,” Truss said.

“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 chair of the 1922 Committee, Sir Graham Brady. We have agreed there will be a leadership election to be completed in the next week. This will ensure 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.”

The short-lived Tory party leader was already the butt of jokes, however, this was made worse by her speedy resignation.

When it became clear that the public and MPs were calling for Truss to resign, British media outlet the Daily Star placed an iceberg lettuce beside a photo of the Prime Minister, asking “Which wet lettuce will last longer?”. The lettuce clearly came out the victor.

British broadcaster Channel 4 closed their segment following Truss’ resignation with a montage of clips of the PM with “her favourite song”, Taylor Swift’s Blank Space playing over the top.

The song features lyrics such as “you look like my next mistake”, “it’s gonna go down in flames”, and “I’ve got a blank space baby, and I’ll write your name”.

However, being the shortest-serving UK Prime Minister won’t be Truss’ only record, she will also be remembered for seeing out the second Elizabeth era Monarchy and being King Charles III’s first Prime Minister.

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