What Can Liz Truss’ Resignation Tell Us About The Current Political Landscape?

Written by Grace Smith

October 21, 2022

prime minister liz truss and boris johnson by ten bear group

Yesterday, Liz Truss became the shortest-serving prime minister in history. After just 45 days in office, she announced her resignation, with a leadership election to take place next week…


… But you already knew that. And you probably found out on social media – or at least, the person who told you did! Whether they’re laughing, arguing or crying, everyone is talking about it. A quick search revealed over 1.4M mentions of the prime minister on Thursday alone. We analysed this data to find out how people are responding to the news. From our research, we identified three key insights within the current conversation:

1. The Gender Gap Is Closing

It may not come as a surprise to learn that the conversation is driven by men (63.8%). In fact, almost half of all male mentions came from Millennial users (47%). A more exciting observation, however, is the relationship between age and gender in terms of engagement. Our research showed female participation is highest among Gen Z women, and decreases steadily with age. In contrast, male engagement increases with age – again, nothing particularly new here. This correlation indicates that British politics are becoming more inclusive. The graph below shows the gender gap is closing with each new generation when it comes to political interest. While the UK government has certainly seen more failure than success in recent years, this is one win that we can all agree on.

female vs male engagement for prime minister resignation ten bear group

2. United By A Desire To Choose

#GeneralElectionNow has earned itself a top spot on UK Twitter’s trending page. The hashtag received over 95K mentions from 7.3K unique authors on Thursday alone. Within the conversation, democracy and petitioning are key themes, as some users exhibit feeling out of control. It’s pretty obvious that many have lost faith in the Conservatives. Despite this, #BringBackBoris is on the rise, as the former prime minister is the current favourite to take over from Truss. Tory supporters cite the reason being that Johnson is the only contender who has actually been voted in before. This tells us that even the right-wing would like to have a say in who goes next.

boris johnson favourite to become next prime minister after liz truss by ten bear group

3. Lidl GB Is Driving Political Engagement

At a time when many are feeling hopeless, an injection of humour offers a welcome distraction. The competition is tougher than ever, and brands have had to get creative to stand out from the crowd. So it makes sense for them to jump at the opportunity to steal some limelight from a social media trend as large as this one. Some, such as Lidl UK, are even nabbing the others’ hard-earned attention:


Earlier this week, The Economist named Truss “the iceberg lady”, in an article predicting that her career would have the shelf-life of a lettuce. A comparison that has since gone viral in response to her stepping-down as prime minister. Earlier today, Lidl GB Tweeted the following: “Lettuce at 58p – a good buy Liz Truss at Number 10 – a goodbye”. The post has received 131K engagements so far, making Lidl UK the top influencer within this topic.

key influencers for mentions of liz truss prime minister by ten bear group

However uncertain the future might seem, social listening is one of the most effective ways to analyse and potentially predict an outcome. A mass-appeal event such as this creates the perfect opportunity for people to air their feelings. In turn, this enables brands to collect valuable social insights that can help to shape their marketing strategy. Get in touch today to find out what Ten Bear Group can do for you.

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