Why did Liz Truss resigns as prime minister?

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Liz Truss succeeded Boris Johnson as prime minister on 6 September after defeating Rishi Sunak in the Conservative Party leadership contest and meeting the Queen at Balmoral.

Liz Truss has resigned as prime minister after just 44 days in office.

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Why did Liz Truss resigns as prime minister?

She says she “cannot deliver the mandate” on which she was elected and there will be a leadership election.

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Elizabeth Truss
Mary Elizabeth Truss

Some Tory MPs had publicly called for her resignation, but many others privately suggested her time was up.

Rules prevent a leadership challenge in the first 12 months of a new leader’s tenure.

Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle has asked officials to investigate allegations of abuse in the Commons on Wednesday night.

Chief Whip Wendy Morton and her deputy, Craig Whittaker, walked out after a last-minute U-turn on a threat to strip the party whip from Conservative MPs if they backed a Labour challenge over fracking.

Business Secretary Jacob Rees-Mogg had to deny claims some MPs were “physically manhandled into another lobby and being bullied” during the vote.

Who is Liz Truss?

Mary Elizabeth Truss is a British politician who is the current prime minister of the United Kingdom and leader of the Conservative Party.

She previously held various Cabinet offices under prime ministers David Cameron, Theresa May and Boris Johnson, most recently as foreign secretary from 2021 to 2022.

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