The Lettuce Won: Truss Steps Down As British PM, Ending Stormy, 45-Day Run

FILE - British Prime Minister Liz Truss leaves 10 Downing Street to attend her first Prime Minister's Questions at the Houses of Parliament, in London, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2022. On Thursday, Oct. 20, 2022 Truss quit after losing support of Conservative lawmakers following weeks of turmoil over botched economic plan. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)

At a glance

  • Liz Truss resigned Thursday as British prime minister, ending a stormy, 45-day tenure a fulfilling the predictions of critics who doubted the conservative politician’s leadership from the start.
  • “I came into office at a time of great economic and international instability,” Truss said in a statement read outside No. 10 Downing Street, where she informed King Charles of her decision. “Families and businesses were worried about how to pay their bills.”
  • While she claimed to have made inroads on the energy crisis, she acknowledged she “cannot deliver the mandate” for which she was elected.

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