As Boris Johnson quits, here’s a list of shortest serving British prime ministers

FPJ Web DeskUpdated: Thursday, July 07, 2022, 02:40 PM IST
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Boris Johnson resignation: He makes it to top 4 shortest serving British prime ministers, here’s the full list | AFP Photo

Boris Johnson has resinged today. He became the prime minister on 24 July 2019 and was in office for 2 years and 348 days. This now put in top four shortest serving British prime ministers.

Johnson has now served lesser as prime minister for lesser duration than Theresa May. May became prime minister in 2016, served for three years and 12 days until 2019.

In the long history of England there have been only two PM’s Tony Blair and Margaret Thatcher have managed to remain in that role for more than a decade.

However, the PM who has served the shortest term is George Canning. He was the PM only for 119 days.

Here is the full list of prime ministers post the second world war in order of how long they remained in the top job.

Alec Douglas-Home - 1963 – 1964 - 364 days

Anthony Eden - 1955 – 1957 - 1 year and 279 days

Gordon Brown - 2007 – 2010 - 2 years and 319 days

Boris Johnson - 2019 – present - 2 years and 348 days

James Callaghan - 1976 – 1979 - 3 years and 30 days


Theresa May - 2016 – 2019 - 3 years and 12 days

Winston Churchill - 1951 – 1955 - 3 years and 162 days

Edward Heath - 1970 – 1974 - 3 years and 259 days

Harold Wilson - 1974 – 1976 - 5 years and 247 days

David Cameron - 2010 – 2016 - 6 years and 64 days

Clement Attlee - 1945 – 1951 - 6 years and 93 days



John Major - 1990 – 1997 - 6 years and 156 days



Harold Macmillan - 1957 – 1963 - 6 years and 282 days



Tony Blair - 1997 – 2007 - 10 years and 57 days



Margaret Thatcher - 1979 – 1990 - 11 years and 209 days

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