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Truss Needs to Hold on Until New Year to Avoid Being Shortest-Serving PM

Liz Truss during Prime Minister’s Questions on Oct. 12.

Liz Truss during Prime Minister’s Questions on Oct. 12.

Photographer: Jessica Taylor/UK Parliament

Liz Truss needs to hang on as prime minister until the start of next year to avoid her premiership becoming the shortest in British history.

The person who currently holds the title is the Tory statesman George Canning, who spent 118 full days as prime minister in 1827 before dying in office from ill health.