2012 in the United Kingdom

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Events from the year 2012 in the United Kingdom. This year was the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II.

Incumbents[edit]

Events[edit]

January[edit]

  • 3 January – After a trial based on new forensic evidence, Gary Dobson and David Norris are convicted of the racist murder of black London teenager Stephen Lawrence, who was killed in April 1993.[1]
  • 4 January – Gary Dobson and David Norris are jailed for life for the murder of Stephen Lawrence, with minimum term of just over 15 and 14 years respectively.[2]
  • 6 January – Mobile operator O2 announces plans to provide free internet to millions of residents and visitors in central London by launching Europe's largest free wi-fi zone.[3]
  • 10 January
  • 20 January – Press TV, an English language news channel owned by the Iranian Government is forced off air in the United Kingdom after Ofcom revokes its broadcasting licence for breaching the terms of the Communications Act.[6]
  • 21 January – Under new guidelines to come into force from 30 April clinics which charge for pregnancy services including abortions will be able to advertise on radio and television after the Broadcast Committee of Advertising Practice ruled there was no justification for barring such clinics from advertising their services.[7]
  • 23 January – John Anslow, a prisoner charged with murder following a fatal shooting in 2010 escapes from the van transporting him to a court appearance following an armed ambush near Redditch, Worcestershire.[8]
  • 24 January – UK government debt has risen above £1 trillion for the first time.[9]
  • 25 January
    • Scotland's First Minister, Alex Salmond, sets out the question – "Do you agree that Scotland should be an independent country?" – that he intends to ask voters in a referendum in 2014.[10]
    • Official figures reveal that the UK economy shrunk by 0.2% in last three months of 2011.[11]
  • 31 January – Former Royal Bank of Scotland CEO Fred Goodwin loses his knighthood as a result of the near collapse of the bank in 2008.[12]

February[edit]

March[edit]

April[edit]

  • 7 April – The 158th University Boat Race between Oxford and Cambridge is stopped mid-race due to a swimmer in the water. Cambridge go on to win when a clash of oars at the restart leaves Oxford with a broken paddle.[35]
  • 12 April – Transport for London bans an advertising campaign due to run on buses by a Christian group suggesting that gay people can be cured by therapy.[36]
  • 15 April – 100th of the sinking of RMS Titanic is commemorated in Southampton, Halifax, Nova Scotia, and around the world.
  • 18 April – In a rare move, television cameras are allowed into the High Court in Edinburgh to film the sentencing of David Gilroy for the murder of Suzanne Pilley.[37]
  • 22 April – 30-year-old Claire Squires collapses and dies while running the London Marathon, the tenth death in the race's history. She had planned to raise £500 for The Samaritans, but within a day members of the public have donated £219,000.[38] The end of the year would see this total rise to nearly £1M.[39]
  • 25 April – Figures from the Office for National Statistics indicate the UK economy has returned to recession after shrinking by 0.2% in the first three months of 2012, bringing about a much-feared double-dip recession.[40]
  • 30 April – Figures released by the Met Office show that April was the wettest on record in the United Kingdom.[41]

May[edit]

  • 3 May – Local elections held in England, Scotland and Wales.
  • 4 May –
    • Local elections result in Labour making gains and winning the largest number of councillors in contested seats in England[42] and Wales[43] and the SNP making gains and winning the largest number of councillors in Scotland.[44] The estimated voting share was: 39% Labour, 31% Conservative, 16% Liberal Democrats and 14% other.[45]
    • Boris Johnson is reelected as Mayor of London with 51.5% of the vote.[46] Ken Livingston subsequently says it would be his 'last election'.[47] In the London Assembly, Labour becomes the party with the greatest number of seats, with minor losses for the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats. The British National Party loses its only seat. Of 25 seats, the final tally stands at: Labour 12, Conservatives 9, Liberal Democrats 2, Green 2.[48]
  • 5 May – Chelsea win the seventh FA Cup of their history with a 2–1 win over Liverpool in the final.[49]
  • 13 May – Manchester City win the Premier League title on goal difference ahead of cross city rivals United, their first top division title since 1968.[50]
  • 16 May – The Office for National Statistics publishes figures which show that unemployment has fallen by 45,000 in the three months to March to 2.625 million, a rate of 8.2%. Youth unemployment has fallen to 1.02 million, a rate of 21.9%. Average weekly pay, including bonuses, grew by 0.6%. The claimant count dropped by 13,700 in April to 1.59 million, and the March figure is revised to show a fall of 5,400 rather than a rise of 3,600.[51]
  • 18 May – The Olympic Flame arrives in Cornwall on board a flight from Athens, ready for the torch relay ahead of the London 2012 games.[52]
  • 19 May – Chelsea win the European Cup for the first time in their history, defeating Bayern Munich of Germany on penalties after a 1–1 draw in Munich's Allianz Arena.[53]
  • 22 May – The Royal Navy's first female warship commander, Commander Sarah West, takes up her post on HMS Portland at Rosyth.[54]
  • 25 May – Millionaire's daughter Laura Johnson, who drove looters around London during the 2011 riots is jailed for two years.[55]

June[edit]

July[edit]

August[edit]

September[edit]

  • 9 September – 2012 Summer Paralympics closing ceremony.
  • 10 September – Andy Murray wins the US Open Tennis Championship, the first British man to win a Grand Slam tournament since 1936.[83]
  • 18 September – Two female police officers are killed in Hattersley, Greater Manchester, in a gun and grenade attack.[84]
  • 20 September – Dale Cregan, 29, is charged with the murders of WPCs Fiona Bone and Nicola Hughes in Greater Manchester. He is also charged with two other murders which occurred in the Greater Manchester area last month, as well as three attempted murders between May and August of this year.[85]
  • 30 September – It is reported that an ITV documentary to be shown on 3 October will reveal accusations that DJ and TV presenter Sir Jimmy Savile, who died last year, sexually abused underage girls.[86]

October[edit]

November[edit]

December[edit]

Undated[edit]

  • Despite beginning with drought in some areas, 2012 is the second wettest year on record in the UK and the wettest ever in England.[129][130]

Publications[edit]

Births[edit]

Deaths[edit]

Main article: Deaths in 2012

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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