2010 in the United Kingdom

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Events from the year 2010 in the United Kingdom.

Incumbents[edit]

Events[edit]

January[edit]

Satellite photo of Great Britain and Ireland during the cold spell.
  • 3 January – The prime Minister Gordon Brown announced that full body scanners would be introduced at UK airports following the failed attack on Northwest Airlines Flight 253 on 25 December 2009.[1]
  • 5 January – The country was once again deluged by heavy snowfall as it endured its worst cold spell since the winter of 1981–82.[2]
  • 10 January – The Sunday Mirror defence correspondent Rupert Hamer was killed in an explosion in Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence confirmed.[3]
  • 12 January – Alastair Campbell, former government advisor, was interviewed by the Chilcot Inquiry, and said he was prepared to defend "every word" of the September 2002 dossier on Iraq's supposed weapons of mass destruction which led to the invasion of Iraq.[4]
  • 18 January – Following the collapse of strike talks late last year, British Airways cabin crew decided to vote again on possible strike action.[5]
  • 20 January – Unemployment fell for the first time in nearly two years, with the national total for November 2009 dipping by 7,000 to 2,460,000. However, some regions of Britain were still enduring a rise in unemployment, and experts said that the slight reduction in unemployment was largely due to an increase in people taking part-time work and work in occupations largely unrelated to their skills and experience.[6]
  • 26 January – The Office for National Statistics announced that the UK was no longer in recession, with gross domestic product having grown by 0.1%, a weaker rise than many economists had expected.[7]
  • 29 January – former Prime Minister Tony Blair appeared at the Iraq Inquiry and was questioned in public for the first time about his decision to take the United Kingdom to war against Iraq.[8][9]

February[edit]

March[edit]

  • 2 March
  • 5 March – The prime Minister Gordon Brown gave evidence to the Chilcott inquiry.[15]
  • 8 March
  • 10 March – Chester City F.C., bottom of the Blue Square Premier League, go out of business after 125 years, less than a year after being relegated from the Football League where they had spent all but four seasons since 1931.[19]
  • 12 March
    • Birmingham couple Angela Gordon and Junaid Abuhamza received prison sentences after being convicted of the manslaughter of Ms Gordon's seven-year-old daughter Khyra Ishaq, who died as a result of starvation two years ago. Ms Gordon was sentenced to 15 years in prison, while Mr Abuhamza was sentenced to indefinite imprisonment with a recommended minimum term of seven and a half years.[20]
    • The Unite union which represents British Airways cabin crew announced two rounds of strike action for three days from 20 March and four days from 27 March.[21]
  • 20 March – The first British Airways strike, set to last for three days, began. More than 80 planes were grounded at Heathrow Airport alone and numerous flights were reported to have been cancelled, though British Airways officials are confident that 65% of flights will be undisturbed.[22]
  • 30 March – Levi Bellfield, a 41-year-old man two years into a life sentence for murdering two women and attempting to murder a third, was charged with the murder of Surrey teenager Milly Dowler, who disappeared in Walton-on-Thames eight years ago and whose body was found in Hampshire woodland six months later.[23]

April[edit]

The volcanic eruption that plighted many British travellers.

May[edit]

Leaders of the Main Parties
David Cameron
David Cameron,
Conservative Party Leader.
Gordon Brown
Gordon Brown,
Labour Party Leader.
Nick Clegg
Nick Clegg,
Liberal Democrat Leader.

June[edit]

  • June
  • 2 June – Twelve people were killed and 25 injured after a gunman, identified as taxi driver Derrick Bird, went on a killing spree in the Whitehaven, Egremont and Seascale areas of Cumbria. He was found dead, having reportedly shot himself, in woodland at Boot.[60]
  • 3 June – Police released the names of the twelve people who were killed in yesterday's shootings in Cumbria. They include Derrick Bird's 52-year-old twin brother David, the family's 60-year-old solicitor Kevin Commons, and 31-year-old Garry Purdham, brother of rugby league player Rob Purdham.
  • 8 June – Chancellor George Osborne pledged a "fundamental reassessment" of the way the government works as he outlined plans to involve the public in spending cuts.[61]
  • 15 June – The Saville Inquiry into Bloody Sunday found that the British Army was "unjustified" in shooting 27 civilians in 1972. Prime Minister David Cameron later apologised on behalf of the Government.[62]
  • 16 June – The government announced that Regional development agencies in England were to be replaced by Local Enterprise Partnerships by 2012.[63]
  • 20 June
  • 21 June – Jon Venables, one of the two killers of Merseyside toddler James Bulger, appeared in court charged with possession and distribution of indecent images of children. Venables, now 28, was released on life licence in 2001 with a new identity after serving eight years for the murder, along with Robert Thompson.[65]
  • 22 June – Chancellor George Osborne presented the coalition government's emergency budget statement to the House of Commons.[66] The most notable changes include a 2.5% increase in VAT to 20% and a 25% reduction in public spending.[67]
  • 25 June – David Cameron announced his intention to have all British troops home from Afghanistan by 2015.[68]

July[edit]

  • 3 July – Christopher Brown (aged 29) is shot dead in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, by a gunman who badly wounds his 22-year-old girlfriend Samantha Stobbart.
  • 4 July – PC David Rathband is badly wounded in another shooting incident in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. The gunman is reported to be 37-year-old Raoul Moat, who is also named as a suspect for the incident in Gateshead yesterday. Mr Moat was released from prison on 1 July after spending nine weeks in prison for assault.[69]
  • 5 July – Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg announces that a referendum on introducing the alternative vote system for Westminster elections will be held on 5 May 2011.[70][71]
  • 9 July – Northumbria police are reported to have found an armed man, believed to be murder suspect Raoul Moat, in the local area and are negotiating with him to persuade him to give himself up.[72]
  • 10 July – The week long police manhunt for Raoul Moat comes to an end after he shoots himself dead following a six-hour stand off with officers in a field at Rothbury, Northumberland.[73]
  • 11 July – The British Grand Prix at Silverstone is won by Mark Webber with Lewis Hamilton in second place.[74]
  • 14 July – David Cameron condemns individuals who have left tributes to Raoul Moat; floral tributes have been left at the scene of his suicide and a Facebook group has been set up in his memory.[75]
  • 16 July – The High Court rules that Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe, jailed for life in 1981 for murdering 13 women and attempting to murder seven others, should never be released from custody. Sutcliffe, now 64, spent the first four years of his imprisonment in a mainstream prison before being declare insane and moved to a secure mental hospital in 1985, where he has remained ever since.[76] However, a psychiatrist's report on Sutcliffe reveals that his mental illness is now under control and that he should be moved to a unit with lesser security, where he could even be allowed out on day release.[77]
  • 23 July
    • Jon Venables is sentenced to two years in prison after admitting distributing child pornography.[78]
    • Economic growth stands at a four-year high of 1.1%, in only the third quarter of economic growth which followed a record six-quarters of detraction.[79]
    • Gavin Grant, a former footballer who played for Millwall, Wycombe Wanderers and Bradford City, is found guilty of a murder committed in Harlesden, London, six years ago.[80]
  • 28 July – The Home Secretary Theresa May announces plans to scrap the use of Anti-Social Behaviour Orders in England and Wales.[81]
  • 29 July
    • The government announces that, as from October next year, employers will no longer have the right to force workers to leave without paying them off once they turn 65.[82]
    • Metro Bank opens its first branch, in Holborn, London, the first wholly new high street bank for more than a century.[83]

August[edit]

  • 1 August – A scheme which allows parents to check if someone with access to their children is a sex offender, will be extended to cover the whole of England and Wales by Spring 2011 after proving successful in four pilot areas.[84]
  • 3 August – The President of Pakistan, Asif Ali Zardari, arrived in the United Kingdom for a five-day visit as the two countries disagreed about recent comments by David Cameron on "the export of terror".[85]
  • 6 August – During a meeting with Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari British Prime Minister David Cameron speaks of an "unbreakable" friendship between Britain and Pakistan.[86]
  • 8 August – Government plans to scrap free school milk for the under-fives across the UK are abandoned by David Cameron amid fears it would remind voters of the "Thatcher milk snatcher" episode of Edward Heath's 1970–1974 government.[87]
  • 9 August – Martin O'Neill resigns after four years as manager of FA Premier League club Aston Villa, despite having guided them to European qualification in their previous three seasons – their best run for over a decade.[88]
  • 11 August – Unemployment has fell to 2,460,000 in the sharpest fall in unemployment seen for three years. The number of people in employment has increased by 184,000 over the last three months – the sharpest quarterly fall since 1989.[89]
  • 13 August – The Government announces that the Audit Commission is to be scrapped, with its functions being transferred to the private sector.[90]
  • 16 August – former Prime Minister Tony Blair is to give the £4.6 million advance and all royalties from his forthcoming memoirs, A Journey to a sports centre for badly injured soldiers.[91]
  • 17 August – Lord Pearson of Rannoch announces that he is to step down as leader of the UK Independence Party less than a year after being elected to the position, stating that he is "not much good" at party politics.[92]
  • 22 August – Brazil wins the 2010 World Blind Football Championship after beating Spain 2-0 in the final at the Royal National College for the Blind in Hereford.[93]
  • 24 August – David Cameron's wife Samantha gives birth to their fourth child, a girl, later named Florence Rose Endellion, at the Royal Cornwall Hospital whilst on holiday in Cornwall.[94][95]
  • 29 August – The News of the World prints evidence that the current Lord's test between England and Pakistan was rigged in a match-fixing scam worth millions of pounds.[96]

September[edit]

Labour Party leader Ed Miliband.

October[edit]

November[edit]

December[edit]

Undated[edit]

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Births[edit]

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January[edit]

February[edit]

March[edit]

April[edit]

May[edit]

June[edit]

July[edit]

August[edit]

September[edit]

October[edit]

November[edit]

December[edit]

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