Chronicle of Liz Truss’ 44 days as British Prime Minister

Liz Truss.

Liz Truss has left after pledging to lead the party into the next general election (Images: PA/Getty/Shutterstock)

Liz Truss becomes Britain’s shortest-serving Prime Minister ever.

She might only have been in office for 44 days before resigning in a speech barely lasting a minute and a half, but she certainly had an eventful Premiership.

Here’s a recap of everything that’s happened over the past six weeks.

44 days in office by Liz Truss:


wins leadership competition

Ms Truss slams her rivals and promises a ‘bold plan’ to boost the economy.


asked to form a government

The new Tory leader will be the last Prime Minister to be welcomed by the late Queen as leader of the country.

This is also the day Mrs. Truss appoints Kwasi Kwarteng as Chancellor.


announces the freeze of the energy bill

Ms Truss reveals her long-awaited plans for how Britain can weather the energy crisis.

She promises the bills won’t average more than £2,500 but will have to rush out of the House of Commons when news of the Queen’s deteriorating health breaks.


King Charles meets with Mrs. Truss

The new monarch holds his first personal audience with the Prime Minister at Buckingham Palace.

Liz Truss resigns: What’s next?

Politics comes to a virtual standstill as the country observes a national period of mourning.


Queen’s funeral

Mrs Truss gives a reading at the Queen’s funeral at Westminster Abbey in London.


mini budget

Mr Kwarteng unveils his mini-budget and that of Ms Truss, which is enacting the biggest round of tax cuts in half a century.

The financial markets reacted with horror and the value of the pound was sent plummeting.


The value of the pound falls to an all-time low

The pound’s value against the US dollar plummeted to almost $1.03 as economic turmoil continued through the budget.


Mrs. Truss stands by Budget

At this point, Ms. Truss has been vehemently sticking to her financial policies, although she has acknowledged some mistakes.


First U-turn

In a screeching about-face, Ms Truss and Mr Kwarteng are abandoning their plan to end the 45p tax rate for top earners – less than 24 hours after the Prime Minister insisted she was “absolutely committed to it”.


Tory Party Conference

Ms Truss makes her first speech at Tory party conference as leader and promises to ‘get us through the storm’.


second U-turn

Mr. Kwarteng originally announced that his mid-term financial plan and independent economic forecasts would be released on November 23.

But on this day, he bows to pressure to bring that date forward and says he will unveil his plans on October 31.


awkward charles clip

A viral clip of Mrs Truss meeting King Charles is filmed.

His Majesty could be heard saying “oh dear oh dear” as she entered the room.

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Kwasi Kwarteng dismissed

Mr. Kwarteng is fired and replaced by Jeremy Hunt.

Ms Truss dismisses calls for her resignation at a hastily arranged eight-minute press conference.

Another U-turn is also announced as the Prime Minister said she would no longer abandon a proposed corporate tax hike.


Demands the resignation of Mrs. Truss

Former Minister Crispin Blunt is the first Tory MP to publicly call on Ms Truss to resign, saying the game is over.


Jeremy Hunt revisits the mini-budget

Mr. Hunt is shredding most of the Prime Minister’s economic platform.

Ms Truss sits silently in the House of Commons for about 30 minutes while her Chancellor outlines more about-faces.

Later, in a BBC interview, she apologizes for her “mistakes” but pledged to lead the Tories to the next general election.


‘I’m a fighter, not a quitter’

PM says she is a “fighter, not a slacker” on PMQs.

Suella Braverman dramatically resigns as Home Secretary and a vote in the House of Commons on fracking becomes a mockery amid confusion over whether it is a confidence vote in government.


24 hours later – Ms. Truss resigns

In the morning, Cabinet Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan says she believes “at the moment” it is “still the case” that Ms Truss will run as prime minister in the next election.

But by lunchtime the list of Tory MPs urging her to resign is mounting and she announces her resignation at just after 1.30pm.

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