Liz Truss in front of the Union Flag

Liz Truss announces resignation as Prime Minister after 45 days in office

Liz Truss has announced her resignation as Prime Minister after just 45 days in office.

After a meeting with 1922 Committee Chairman Graham Brady, she has announced that she would step down from the position she was elected to less than two months ago.

The announcement follows a chaotic fortnight that saw the rollback of the widely-criticized mini-budget, the firing of Truss’s close friend Kwasi Kwarteng as Chancellor, the resignation of Home Secretary Suella Braverman.

Party anger culminated yesterday evening during the vote on a fracking motion, which saw Conservative MPs being physically shoved into voting rooms, and the alleged resignation of two party whips, who were later reappointed.

Many MPs have been vocal about their anger with Truss, especially after yesterday’s vote, with more than ten Conservatives publicly admitting they had sent letters of no confidence in her.

Jake Berry, the Conservative Party Chairman, was also seen entering Number 10 shortly before the annoucement.

Liz Truss’s term was defined by historically low approval ratings, which saw Labour lead by as many as 30 points.

Truss announced that the new Conservative Leader would be announced in a week.

In the meantime, she will remain as Prime Minister.

Truss claimed she entered office when the country was at a moment of great economic and international instability.

“I recognize given the situation I cannot deliver the mandate on which I was elected by the Conservative Party.”

Sir Keir Starmer has immediately demanded a general election in the wake of her resignation.

Jeremy Hunt has confirmed that he will not be standing for the leadership, despite his runs in 2019 and earlier this year.

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