2008 in the United Kingdom

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Events from the year 2008 in the United Kingdom.

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Events[edit]

January[edit]

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July[edit]

  • 18 July – The surge in Conservative support continued as the latest MORI poll put them 20 points ahead of Labour on 47%. With an election due within the next two years and possibly next year, David Cameron was 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 was widely expected that his popularity would continue to grow.[26] 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.[27]
  • 22 July – The London Motor Show was held, a highlight being Vauxhall's launch of its new Insignia that replaced the Vectra and was due on sale later in the year.[28]

August[edit]

  • 1 August – Barry George was acquitted of the murder of Jill Dando.[4]
  • 8–24 August – Great Britain competed at the Olympics in Beijing. The team won 19 gold, 13 silver and 15 bronze medals and finished fourth in the medal table, the best performance for the Great Britain team in a century.[29]
  • 19 August – Following legal suppositions at Birmingham Crown Court, Judge Frank Chapman ruled that Anthony Hall, charged with the 1961 murder of Jacqueline Thomas should not stand trial for the crime, and that the charge should be stayed because it was "just too long ago", and Hall would not receive a fair and balanced trial.[30]

September[edit]

  • 6–17 September – Great Britain competed at the Paralympics in Beijing.
  • 14 September – Amid the financial crisis, rise in unemployment and threat of recession, the Labour government's popularity was reported to have fallen dramatically. As recently as January, they had enjoyed a lead of up to 10 points over the Conservatives in the opinion polls, but the latest Ipsos MORI poll put them 16 points behind the Conservative Party which had an 45% approval rating.[31]

October[edit]

November[edit]

December[edit]

  • 4 December
    • Karen Matthews, 32, was 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 closed after scores of complaints about the poor quality of its attractions.[39]
  • 16 December – Sean Mercer, 18, was found guilty of murdering 11-year-old Rhys Jones who was shot dead in Croxteth, Liverpool, in August last year. Mercer was sentenced to life imprisonment at the trial judge recommended that he serve 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.[40]
  • 18 December
  • 19 December – MFI ceased trading, closing all 111 of its stores and leaving its 1,400 workforce redundant.[43]
  • 27 December – The first wave of Woolworths store closures saw 200 stores shut their doors.[44]

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References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Hain quits jobs 'to clear name'". BBC News. 24 January 2008. Archived from the original on 27 January 2008. Retrieved 26 January 2008. 
  3. ^ "MPs suspend Conway from Commons". BBC News. 31 January 2008. Archived from the original on 3 February 2008. Retrieved 4 February 2008. 
  4. ^ a b c McGuinness, Ross (16 March 2009). "Metro". p. 30. 
  5. ^ BBC NEWS | UK | Diana murdered, Al Fayed claims
  6. ^ BBC NEWS | UK | Diana 'feared royal murder plot'
  7. ^ "Wright guilty of Suffolk murders". BBC News. 21 February 2008. Archived from the original on 25 February 2008. Retrieved 5 April 2008. 
  8. ^ "Suffolk killer will die in prison". BBC News. 22 February 2008. Archived from the original on 7 April 2008. Retrieved 5 April 2008. 
  9. ^ "Man gets life for model's murder". BBC News. 22 February 2008. Archived from the original on 25 February 2008. Retrieved 5 April 2008. 
  10. ^ BBC NEWS | UK | MI6 'did not keep files on Diana'
  11. ^ BBC NEWS | UK | Diana inquest not to call Philip
  12. ^ "British Airways reveals what went wrong with Terminal 5". Computer Weekly. 14 May 2008. Archived from the original on 23 July 2009. Retrieved 17 May 2008. 
  13. ^ "No Survivors After Jet Slams into Homes". Retrieved 30 March 2008. 
  14. ^ BBC NEWS | UK | Duke 'did not order Diana death'
  15. ^ "Cow-human cross embryo lives three days". Archived from the original on 2008-04-05. 
  16. ^ "Understanding the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007" (PDF). Ministry of Justice. Archived from the original on 25 October 2007. Retrieved 17 October 2007. 
  17. ^ BBC NEWS | UK | Princess Di 'unlawfully killed'
  18. ^ "London Elects". Archived from the original on 11 January 2008. Retrieved 6 January 2008. 
  19. ^ "Manchester United retain title". ITV. Retrieved 13 March 2009. 
  20. ^ Halifax Town's expulsion from Football Conference set to be confirmed: Altrincham handed reprieve – Local – Halifax Courier
  21. ^ "Joey Barton is jailed for assault". BBC News. 20 May 2008. Retrieved 18 March 2009. 
  22. ^ "Man Utd earn dramatic Euro glory". BBC News. 22 May 2008. Retrieved 1 January 2010. 
  23. ^ "Olympic stadium work starts early". BBC News. 22 May 2008. Retrieved 23 January 2011. 
  24. ^ Murray, Ewan (4 June 2008). "Gretna finally go to the wall". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 15 February 2011. 
  25. ^ "Halifax fail with demotion appeal". BBC News. 12 June 2008. 
  26. ^ "Poll tracker: Interactive guide to the opinion polls". BBC News. 29 September 2009. Archived from the original on 17 December 2009. Retrieved 19 December 2009. 
  27. ^ "UK recovery 'to take five years'". BBC News. 22 July 2009. Retrieved 5 February 2011. 
  28. ^ "London show: Vauxhall Insignia". Autocar. Retrieved 18 March 2009. 
  29. ^ "GB Olympians power to new heights". BBC Sport. 19 August 2008. Archived from the original on 19 August 2008. Retrieved 19 August 2008. 
  30. ^ "Unsolved murder was 'too long ago' for killer to be tried". Birmingham Post (Trinity Mirror). 19 August 2008. Retrieved 18 February 2012. 
  31. ^ Ipsos MORI | Trend | Voting Intention in Great Britain: 1976–present Archived 21 February 2011 at WebCite
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  33. ^ Britten, Nick (6 October 2008). "Plymouth goalkeeper Luke McCormick jailed for killing boys in drunken crash". The Daily Telegraph (London). Archived from the original on 4 March 2009. Retrieved 18 March 2009. 
  34. ^ "Timeline: Russell Brand prank calls". BBC News. 3 April 2009. Archived from the original on 14 February 2009. Retrieved 18 March 2009. 
  35. ^ "Recession fear as economy shrinks". BBC News. 24 October 2008. Retrieved 18 September 2010. 
  36. ^ "Employment and Support Allowance". Department for Work and Pensions. Retrieved 4 February 2011. 
  37. ^ Benson, Andrew (2 November 2008). "Last-gasp Hamilton takes F1 crown". BBC Sport. Archived from the original on 4 November 2008. Retrieved 12 November 2008. 
  38. ^ "Labour victorious in Glenrothes". BBC News (British Broadcasting Corporation). 6 November 2008. Archived from the original on 6 November 2008. Retrieved 6 November 2008. 
  39. ^ "Controversial 'Lapland New Forest' Christmas attraction closes". The Daily Telegraph (London). 4 December 2008. Retrieved 23 February 2011. 
  40. ^ Jenkins, Russell (16 December 2008). "Sean Mercer guilty of murdering Rhys Jones". The Times (London). Retrieved 18 March 2009. 
  41. ^ "Woolworths to close in January". BBC News. 17 December 2008. Archived from the original on 26 February 2009. Retrieved 18 March 2009. 
  42. ^ "Man admits Rachel Nickell killing". BBC News. 18 December 2008. Archived from the original on 16 February 2009. Retrieved 18 March 2009. 
  43. ^ "Furniture chain MFI closes down". BBC News. 19 December 2008. Archived from the original on 14 February 2009. Retrieved 18 March 2009. 
  44. ^ Woolworths Stores Begin To Close After Going Into Administration | Business | Sky News