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2008 in the United Kingdom: Other years 2006 | 2007 | 2008 (2008) | 2009 | 2010 Individual countries of the United Kingdom England | Northern Ireland | Scotland | Wales Sport, Television and music 2008 British Grand Prix 2008 English cricket season Football: England | Scotland | Wales 2008 in British television 2008 in British music 2008 in British radio UK in the Eurovision Song Contest 2008 Events from the year 2008 in the United Kingdom. Contents 1 Designation 2 Incumbents 3 Events 3.1 January 3.2 February 3.3 March 3.4 April 3.5 May 3.6 June 3.7 July 3.8 August 3.9 September 3.10 October 3.11 November 3.12 December 3.13 Undated 4 Publications 5 Deaths 6 References Designation 2008 National Year of Reading is a year-long celebration of reading, in all its forms. Incumbents Monarch - HM Queen Elizabeth II Prime Minister - Gordon Brown, Labour Party Events January 4 January - An unforecasted blizzard creates havoc across eastern Northern Ireland, with falls of 8 inches in one hour. 7 January - RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 and MS Queen Victoria leave Southampton for last and first world cruises respectively. 9 January - Israeli diamond magnate Lev Leviev buys a new-build house in Hampstead, London for a record £35 million. 12 January - The city of Liverpool officially becomes European Capital of Culture for 2008, a title it will share with Stavanger, Norway. 17 January - Number of people affected by norovirus stomach bug in the UK reaches an estimated 3 million. 24 January - Peter Hain resigns as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions over irregular donations.[1] 25 January - Official closure of Tower Colliery in the Cynon Valley, the last deep coal mine to be worked in Wales.[2] 31 January Conservative Party MP Derek Conway suspended from the House of Commons for 10 days over payments made to his son from his parliamentary allowances.[3] Four men are jailed for 15 years each for their part in the 2006 Securitas raid, the UK's biggest cash robbery.[4] February 6 February - The England National Football team defeat Switzerland 2-0 in Fabio Capello's first game as manager at Wembley Stadium in London. 18 February - Mohammed Al Fayed tells the inquest into the death of Diana, Princess of Wales that she and his son Dodi Fayed were both murdered in a conspiracy arranged by the Royal Family, Tony Blair, MI5, MI6 and the British ambassador to France. He even claims that Diana knew that Prince Charles and Prince Philip were "trying to get rid of her".[3] 19 February Shannon Matthews, 9 years old, from Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, goes missing. The inquest into the death of Diana, Princess of Wales hears from Dodi Fayed's former assistant Melissa Henning that Diana, Princess of Wales voiced fears shortly before her death that someone was going to make an attempt on her and Fayed's life in a conspiracy that would be make to look like an accident.[4] 21 February - A jury at Ipswich Crown Court finds Steve Wright, 49, guilty of murdering five prostitutes in a spree during late 2006.[5] 22 February Nationalisation of Northern Rock by the British government.[4] Steve Wright is sentenced to life imprisonment with a recommendation that he should never be released.[6] Mark Dixie, 37, is found guilty of the September 2005 murder of Surrey model Sally Anne Bowman (18). He is sentenced to life imprisonment at the Old Bailey, where the trial judge recommends that he serves at least 34 years before parole can be considered.[7] 26 February Levi Bellfield, 38, is found guilty of murdering two women in London in sexually-motivated attacks; the first in 2001, the second in 2004. He receives a life sentence with a recommendation that he should never be released. The inquest into the Death of Diana, Princess of Wales finds that MI6 did not keep files on Diana or Dodi Fayed, contradicting claims in conspiracy theories that the deaths were the result of an MI6 conspiracy.[5] 27 February - An earthquake with an epicentre in Lincolnshire is felt across most of Britain, with several buildings suffering substantial damage. March 7 March - The coroner at the inquest into the death of Diana, Princess of Wales announces that Prince Philip will not be called into court to give evidence over the deaths that Mohammed Al Fayed is accusing him of ordering.[6] 12 March - The Budget is unveiled by Alistair Darling as his first in the position of Chancellor of the Exchequer. 14 March - Michael Donovan, 39, from Bartley Carr, West Yorkshire, is arrested for the kidnap of the 9 year old, Shannon Matthews. 28 March - London Heathrow Terminal 5 opens at Heathrow Airport to British Airways with many problems with the IT system, coupled with insufficient testing and staff training, which causes over 500 flights to be cancelled.[8] 30 March - A plane crashes into a row of houses in Farnborough, London, killing two pilots and three passengers.[9] 31 March - The inquest into the death of Diana, Princess of Wales hears that there is "not a shred of evidence" that Prince Philip or MI6 ordered her death.[7] April 2 April - A cross human-cow embryo survives a third straight day after being fertilized at Newcastle University. A director for embryonic stem cell laboratories at the Australian Stem Cell Centre says that the "99 per cent human" embryo could improve research within the field of human diseases. The Catholic Church of England and Wales however said that the creation was "monstrous" and says that the later destruction of it is unethical.[10] 6 April - The Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 comes into force.[11] 7 April - The inquest into the death of Diana, Princess of Wales records a verdict of accidental death, caused by the heavy drinking, drug abuse and speeding of her chauffer Henri Paul, who died in the crash along with Diana and Dodi Fayed.[8] 8 April - Karen Matthews, the mother of the kidnapped 9 year old girl, Shannon Matthews, is arrested for organizing her daughter's kidnap. May 1 May The London mayoral election is held. Conservative candidate Boris Johnson defeats the incumbent Labour candidate Ken Livingstone.[12] London Assembly election also takes place, with Brent and Harrow being the only constituency to change hands. Meanwhile, the British National Party gain a seat, their first outside of local councils. Local elections are held in England and Wales. The night sees the governing Labour party fall to third place in the popular vote on 24%, behind the Conservatives on 44% and the Liberal Democrats on 25%. 11 May - Manchester United secure their tenth Premier League title in 16 years with a 2-0 win at Wigan Athletic on the final day of the league season. Ryan Giggs, who scores one of United's goals, becomes the first player to win 10 English league titles.[13] 15 May - Halifax Town A.F.C., a former Football League side, are expelled from the Conference National with multi million pound debts.[14] 17 May - The FA Cup Final takes place at Wembley Stadium between Portsmouth and Cardiff City with Portsmouth winning 1-0. 20 May - Joey Barton, a player for Newcastle United Football Club, is sentenced to six months in prison after being convicted of assault and affray.[15] 21 May - The first all-English European Cup final sees Manchester United beat Chelsea on penalties after a 1-1 draw in Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium.[16] 22 May - Construction work begins on the Olympic Stadium being built for the 2012 games.[17] June 4 June - Gretna F.C., just relegated from the Scottish Premier League, go out of business with debts of £4million.[18] July 18 July - The surge in Conservative support continues as the latest MORI poll puts them 20 points ahead of Labour on 47%. With an election due within the next two years and possibly next year, David Cameron is well on course to become the next prime minister of the United Kingdom. With an economic crisis beginning and fears of a recession and mass unemployment rising, it is widely expected that his popularity will continue to grow.[19] Further bad news for the economy shows that it contracted by 0.1% in the second quarter of this year - ending 16 years of unbroken economic growth.[20] 22 July - The London Motor Show is held, a highlight being Vauxhall's launch of its new Insignia that replaces the Vectra and is due on sale later this year.[21] August 1 August - Barry George acquitted of the murder of Jill Dando.[4] 8 August – 24 August - Great Britain compete at the Olympics in Beijing. The team wins 19 gold, 13 silver and 15 bronze medals finishing 4th in the medal table, the best performance for the Great Britain team in a century.[22] September 6 September – 17 September - Great Britain compete at the Paralympics in Beijing. 6 September - Morpeth Flood.[23] 14 September - Amid the financial crisis, rise in unemployment and threat of recession, the Labour government's popularity is reported to have fallen dramatically. As recently as January this year, they enjoyed a lead of up to 10 points over the Conservatives in the opinion polls, but the latest Ipsos MORI poll puts them 16 points behind the Conservative Party which has an 45% approval rating.[9] October October St Hilda's College, Oxford, ceases to be the last single-sex college of the University of Oxford by admitting male undergraduates.[24] Toyota launches yet another Avensis at the 2008 Paris Motor Show to be built at TMUK. 6 October - Footballer Luke McCormick, a former goalkeeper for Plymouth Argyle, is sentenced to seven years in prison for causing death by dangerous driving.[25] 8 October - The government announces a bank rescue package worth some £500 billion as a response to the ongoing financial crisis. 18 October - An episode of The Russell Brand Show airs, featuring a series of prank phone calls to the actor Andrew Sachs by comedians Russell Brand and Jonathan Ross, leading to a media row.[26] 24 October - The Office for National Statistics reveals that Britain's economy shrunk by 0.5% in the quarter from July to September - the first quarterly detraction since 1992.[27] 27 October - Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) replaces new claims for Incapacity Benefit and Income Support on the basis of incapacity to work for most claimants.[28] November 5 November - Lewis Hamilton becomes the youngest ever Formula One World Champion.[29] 6 November - Labour party wins the Glenrothes by-election.[30] 17 November - The Opel/Vauxhall Insignia is voted European Car of the Year. December 4 December Karen Matthews, 32, is convicted of the kidnapping her 9 year old daughter, Shanon, who was kidnapped in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, on 19 February 2008. Lapland New Forest, a Christmas themed park in Dorset closes after scores of complaints about the poor quality of its attractions.[31] 16 December - Sean Mercer, 18, is found guilty of murdering 11-year-old Rhys Jones who was shot dead in Croxteth, Liverpool, in August last year. Mercer is sentenced to life imprisonment at the trial judge recommends that he serves at least 22 years before parole can be considered. This is likely to keep Mercer in prison until at least 2030 and the age of 40.[32] 18 December Woolworths announce their 807 UK stores will close by 5 January 2009, putting some 27,000 people out of work.[33] Robert Napper pleads guilty to killing Rachel Nickell, who was stabbed to death on Wimbledon Common on 15 July 1992.[34] 19 December - MFI ceases trading, closing all 111 of its stores and leaving its 1,400 workforce redundant.[35] 27 December - The first wave of Woolworths store closures sees 200 stores shut their doors.[36] Undated Forced marriage protection orders available under terms of the Forced Marriage (Civil Protection) Act 2007. Publications Iain M. Banks' novel Matter. Deaths 2 January - George MacDonald Fraser, author (born 1925) 3 January - Jimmy Stewart, racing driver (born 1931) 9 January - John Harvey-Jones, businessman (born 1924) 19 January - Morris Maddocks, bishop (born 1928) 30 January - Jeremy Beadle, television presenter, writer and producer (born 1948) 28 February - Mike Smith, singer (born 1943) 8 March - Carol Barnes, newsreader (born 1944) 18 March - Anthony Minghella, film director (born 1954) 19 March - Arthur C. Clarke, science fiction author and inventor (born 1917) 19 March - Paul Scofield, actor (born 1922) 20 March - Brian Wilde, actor (born 1927) 23 March - Neil Aspinall, record producer and business executive (born 1941) 1 April - Jim Finney, football referee (born 1924) 7 April - Mark Speight, television presenter (born 1965) 25 April - Humphrey Lyttelton, jazz musician and broadcaster (born 1921) 16 May - David Mitton, producer and director (born 1939) 24 May - Rob Knox, actor (born 1989) 28 May - Beryl Cook, artist (born 1926) 2 July - Elizabeth Spriggs, actress (born 1929) 3 July - Clive Hornby, actor (born 1944) 4 July - Charles Wheeler, journalist (born 1923) 14 July - Hugh Lloyd, actor (born 1923) 11 August - Bill Cotton, producer (born 1928) 29 August - Geoffrey Perkins, comedy producer, writer and performer (born 1953) 31 August - Ken Campbell, actor and raconteur (born 1941) 15 September - Richard Wright, musician (born 1943) 3 November - Brooks Mileson, businessman, (born 1947) 4 November - Syd Lucas, World War I survivor (born 1900) 12 November - Mitch Mitchell, drummer (born 1947) 16 November - Reg Varney, actor (born 1916) 8 December - Oliver Postgate, animator, puppeteer and writer (born 1925) 14 December - Kathy Staff, actress (born 1928) 24 December - Harold Pinter, playwright (born 1930) References ^ "Hain quits jobs 'to clear name'". 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