The only three PMs who had shorter tenures than Boris Johnson

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Boris Johnson - Getty Images / Jeff J Mitchell
Boris Johnson - Getty Images / Jeff J Mitchell

Boris Johnson's resignation today puts him among the top four shortest serving British Prime Ministers in the post-war period - and means he has lasted less time in office than Theresa May.

Mr Johnson became Prime Minister on 24 July 2019, and has therefore been in post for two years and 348 days.

In comparison, Theresa May, who became Prime Minister in 2016, served for three years and 12 days.

However, Mr Johnson has not yet confirmed the day he will exit his post, which means he could be in office longer than Mrs May if the handover process takes at least another month.

Below is the full list of post-war Prime Ministers in order of how long they remained in the top job.

Post-war PMs - who lasted the longest 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

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

James Callaghan - 1976 – 1979 - 3 years and 30 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