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Events from the year 2013 in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Incumbents[edit]

Events[edit]

January[edit]

February[edit]

March[edit]

April[edit]

  • 1 April – Police Scotland begins operations, merging all the former forces in the country.
  • 3 April – 17-year-old Paris Brown is appointed as the first youth Police and Crime Commissioner by Kent PCC Ann Barnes. Her job is to represent young people's views on policing in Kent.[36][37]
  • 8 April –
    • Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher dies following a stroke.[38][39]
    • Street parties are held in a number of cities across the UK to celebrate the death of Margaret Thatcher[40][41]
  • 9 April – Six days after being appointed as Britain's first Youth Police and Crime Commissioner, Paris Brown steps down from the role after controversy over postings she made on twitter.[42]
  • 10 April – Ding-Dong! The Witch Is Dead charts at number 10 in the Official Midweek Charts as opponents of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher have been buying copies of the song following her death two days earlier.[43]
  • 17 April – The funeral of Margaret Thatcher takes place at London's St Paul's Cathedral.[44]
  • 22 April – A London house goes on sale for a record £250 million, 700 times greater than the average £370,000 cost of a property in the city.[45]
  • 23 April – Businessman James McCormick is convicted on three counts of fraud at the Old Bailey after selling fake bomb detectors based on a device for finding golf balls to countries including Iraq and Georgia.[46]

May[edit]

  • 2 May – James McCormick is jailed for ten years at the Old Bailey.[47]
  • 3 May –
  • 8 May – Sir Alex Ferguson, the most successful manager in English football during his 27 years in charge of Manchester United, announces his retirement as the Manager of Manchester United after the end of the Premier League season later in the month.[50]
  • 9 May – David Moyes, who has managed Everton for 11 years during which they have qualified for European competitions on five occasions, is announced as the successor to Sir Alex Ferguson.[51]
  • 13 May – Stuart Hazell, 38, admits the Murder of Tia Sharp, 12-year-old granddaughter of his partner Christine Sharp, who was found dead in New Addington, London, nine months ago. His murder trial began six days ago but he had previously denied the charge against him.
  • 14 May –
    • – The Conservative Party publishes a draft European Union (Referendum) Bill aimed at holding a referendum on Britain's membership of the European Union by 2017. Prime Minister David Cameron had previously said a referendum would be held if he could renegotiate the terms of Britain's EU membership, but Tory MPs were unhappy that legislation for a referendum was not included in the recent Queen's Speech.[52]
    • – Stuart Hazell is sentenced to life imprisonment at the Old Bailey with a recommended minimum term of 38 years.
  • 15 May –
    • In the House of Commons, an amendment to the Queen's Speech expressing regret that it did not contain legislation for a referendum on Britain's EU membership is defeated 277–131.[53]
    • MPs debate government proposals to tighten the law governing dangerous dogs following the death of Jade Anderson in March. The legislation would give police greater powers to deal with attacks on private property.[54]
  • 16 May – UKIP leader Nigel Farage is heckled by angry protesters during a campaign visit to Edinburgh.[55]
  • 21 May – MPs vote 366–161 in favour of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill taking an important step towards allowing gay marriage in England and Wales.[56]
  • 22 May – In Woolwich, a man is killed in the street. Two men carrying knives and a meat cleaver are subsequently shot and apprehended by police. The government treats the killing as a terrorist incident.[57]
  • 23 May – The victim of the Woolwich attack is confirmed to have been a serving British soldier, and named as Drummer Lee Rigby of the 2nd Battalion the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers.[58]
  • 24 May – A 24-year-old zoo worker is seriously injured after being attacked by a Sumatran tiger at South Lakes Wild Animal Park in Cumbria.[59] Sarah McClay subsequently dies in hospital as a result of her injuries. Police launch an investigation into the attack.[60]
  • 25 May – 48 people are rescued from a boat which begins taking on water after colliding with a rock off the coast of Pembrokeshire.[61]
  • 30 May – A court in Mold, Wales, finds Mark Bridger guilty of abducting and murdering five-year-old April Jones in October 2012. The trial judge recommends that 47-year-old Bridger should never be released from prison. The body of April Jones has not been found.[62]
  • 31 May – Conservative MP Patrick Mercer resigns the Tory whip following allegations he broke the rules on lobbying. He will not contest his seat in the next general election.[63]

June[edit]

July[edit]

  • 6 July – John Prescott resigns from the Privy Council in protest at delays to changes in press regulations.[70]
  • 7 July –
  • 9 July –
  • 11 July – Party leaders criticise Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority recommendations to increase MPs annual salaries by £6,000 to £74,000 from 2015.[76]
  • 15 July –
    • The House of Lords approves the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, enabling gay marriages to take place in England and Wales from 2014.[77]
    • The Ministry of Defence says it is working with Dyfed-Powys Police to investigate following the deaths of two soldiers during a training exercise on the Brecon Beacons. The deaths occurred two days earlier on one of the hottest days of the year.[78]
  • 16 July – Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt announces that eleven hospitals will be placed in special measures because of major failings.[79]
  • 17 July –
  • 22 July –
    • Prime Minister David Cameron announces plans for every household in the UK to automatically have pornography blocked by their internet provider unless they choose otherwise. The possession of online material depicting rape will also become illegal in England and Wales, bringing them into line with current Scottish legislation.[82]
    • The UK records its hottest day since July 2006, with 33.5C (92.3F) recorded at Heathrow and Northolt in west London.[83]
    • Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge gives birth to a boy, who becomes third in line to the throne.[84] He is subsequently named George Alexander Louis.[85]
  • 23 July – Overnight thunderstorms bring the three-week heat wave to an end.[86]
  • 27 July – Six people are taken to hospital after a double-decker bus had its roof ripped off by a bridge in Stockport, Greater Manchester.[87]
  • 30 July – A third soldier who collapsed during training on the Brecon Beacons earlier in the month dies in hospital, the Ministry of Defence confirms.[88]
  • 31 July – Administrators recommend the dissolution of Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust after it went into administration in April.[89]

August[edit]

  • 1 August – Temperatures of 33.7C are recorded at Heathrow Airport and 34.1 in London – the hottest since 2006 – as the hot weather makes a brief return. The Met Office says it was the hottest day since 2003, and the warmest summer since 2006.[90][91]
  • 2 August – Magdelena Luczak and her partner, Mariusz Krezolek, are jailed for life with a minimum of 30 years for the murder of Luczak's four-year-old son Daniel Pelka, who was beaten, and starved to death.[92]
  • 3 August – Tony Wang, the boss of Twitter UK apologises after women received bombing and rape threats by users of the site. The apology comes as the company updates its rules to help clamp down on threats and harassment.[93]
  • 5 August – The world's first lab-grown burger – produced from bovine stem cells – is cooked and eaten at a news conference in London.[94]
  • 6 August – It is reported that sewage workers from Thames Water have removed a fifteen ton bus-sized "fatberg" – thought to be Britain's largest – from a sewer beneath London, after the mass caused a 95% blockage and threatened to send raw sewage spurting from manhole covers.[95]
  • 7 August – Bank of England governor Mark Carney says the Bank will not consider raising interest rates until the unemployment rate has fallen to 7% or below.[96]
  • 10 August – 56 police officers are injured in Belfast after a night of loyalist rioting.[97]
  • 11 August – Two women who are UK nationals have been arrested on suspicion of smuggling drugs from Peru, the country's police confirm.[98]
  • 19 August –
    • Senior politicians urge police to explain why the partner of a Guardian journalist who published leaked documents from US whistleblower Ed Snowden was detained at Heathrow Airport for nine hours.[99]
    • Green MP Caroline Lucas and her son are among protesters arrested at a site in West Sussex where energy firm Cuadrilla is drilling for oil.[100]
    • Chief executive of the UK Independence Party, Will Gilpin steps down from his post.[101]
  • 20 August – Britons Michaella McCollum and Melissa Reid are formally charged with attempting to smuggle £1.5m worth of cocaine out of Peru.[102][103] They are remanded in custody the following day.[104]
  • 21 August – An inspection report reveals that a female inmate at HMP Bronzefield was kept in solitary confinement for more than five years.[105]
  • 22 August – Yes Scotland is forced to close its computer systems after being hacked by "forces unknown". Police Scotland's Digital Forensic Unit launches an investigation but uncovers no evidence of criminality.[106]
  • 23 August – A Super Puma L2 helicopter crashes near Sumburgh Airport in the Shetland Islands, resulting in four fatalities among the oil rig workers being carried. Operation of the helicopter model is globally suspended.[107]
  • 27 August – David Cameron recalls Parliament from its summer recess to discuss responses to the Syrian crisis in the wake of a chemical weapons attack in Damascus.[108]
  • 29 August –
    • MPs vote 285–272 against the principle of British involvement in any military intervention in the Syrian conflict.[109]
    • Members of the Fire Brigades Union vote to take industrial action in a dispute over pensions, threatening the first firefighters' strike across England, Scotland and Wales since 2002.[110]

September[edit]

  • 3 September – The Library of Birmingham, the largest public library in the UK, is opened.[111]
  • 5 September – Sixty people are injured as more than 130 vehicles are involved in a series of crashes in thick fog on the Sheppey Crossing in Kent.[112]
  • 7 September – A man is arrested on suspicion of burglary, trespass and criminal damage after scaling a fence to get into Buckingham Palace.[113]
  • 10 September – MP Nigel Evans resigns as a Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons after being charged with sexual offences.[114]
  • 11 September – Conservative Party chairman Grant Shapps writes to the UN Secretary General demanding an explanation after a UN official criticised housing benefit changes as a "disgrace".[115]
  • 20 September – UKIP withdraws the party whip from MEP Godfrey Bloom after he referred to female activists as "sluts" during his party's annual conference.[116]
  • 24 September – At its annual conference, Labour leader Ed Miliband says that if elected in 2015, his party would freeze energy prices for their first 20 months in office.[117]
  • 25 September –
    • Firefighters in England and Wales stage a four-hour strike in a dispute over changes to their pensions.[118]
    • Chessington World of Adventures bans animal print clothing because it says animals at the wildlife park find it confusing.[119]
  • 27 September – Prime Minister David Cameron rejects an invitation for a head-to-head TV debate on Scottish independence with Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond[120]

October[edit]

  • 3 October – The Mail on Sunday editor Geordie Greig issues an unreserved apology to Ed Miliband after a reporter was sent to a private memorial service for one of his relatives in an attempt to gather opinions from his family about a recent Daily Mail article that had accused the Labour Leader's late father, Ralph of hating Britain. Two reporters are suspended as a result of the incident.[121]
  • 7 October – Launch of the National Crime Agency, a new body designed to tackle some of Britain's most serious crimes.[122]
  • 8 October –
  • 10 October – Justice Minister Jeremy Wright confirms that former Liberian President Charles Taylor will serve his jail sentence for war crimes in the UK.[126]
  • 11 October – The UK government publishes a draft Royal Charter aimed at underpinning self-regulation of the press following an agreement by the three main political parties. However, the proposals are greeted with concerns about press freedom by the industry.[127] Proposals put forward by the press had previously been rejected by the Privy Council.[128]
  • 15 October – Charles Taylor arrives in the UK to serve the remainder of his 50-year prison sentence, the first head of state to be convicted of war crimes since World War II.[129]
  • 18 October – A planned firefighters strike in England and Wales for the following day is called off at the eleventh hour, and following progress in talks over pensions.[130]
  • 20 October – About 100 homes are damaged when a "tornado" hits Hayling Island in Hampshire.[131]
  • 21 October – The government approves Hinkley Point C, the first nuclear plant to be constructed in the UK since 1995. It will be completed in 2023 and remain operational for 60 years, supplying about 7% of the country's electricity.[132]
  • 22 October – Former Prime Minister Sir John Major calls for the government to levy a windfall tax on Britain's energy companies after three of the six major gas and electricity suppliers raise their prices by between eight and ten percent.[133]
  • 23 October – Prime Minister David Cameron announces a review of green energy taxes after saying they had pushed up household bills to "unacceptable" levels.[134]
  • 26 October – The Rugby League World Cup begins.[135]
  • 28th of October - st judes day storm 94 mph winds recorded at the nidels on the Isle of Wight
  • 30 October – The Privy Council grants a Royal Charter on press regulations after the newspaper industry loses a last minute legal bid to seek an injunction against the plans.[136]

November[edit]

  • 1 November – Firefighters in England and Wales stage a four and a half-hour strike in a row over pension ages, as "contingency" crews battle a large scrapyard blaze in London.[137]
  • 14 November – The last living British person to be born in the 1800s, Grace Jones, dies at the age of 113.[138]
  • 18 November – Prime Minister David Cameron welcomes a decision by search engine companies Google and Microsoft to block online images of child abuse.[139]
  • 20 November – The General Synod of the Church of England votes in favour of legislation to allow the ordination of women bishops by 2014.[140]
  • 21 November – It is reported that three women believed to have been held as slaves for the last three decades were rescued from a residence in London on 25 October.[141]
  • 26 November – Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond launches the Scottish Government's White Paper setting out its vision for an independent Scotland.[142]
  • 27 November – Following a trial at Northampton Crown Court, businessman Anxiang Du is convicted of the 2011 murder of a family of four in a revenge attack after losing a legal case against them.[143]
  • 29 November – Eight people are killed and 19 seriously injured after a police helicopter crashes into The Clutha pub in Glasgow.[144]

December[edit]

  • 4 December – Pig semen exports from Britain to China were the subject of a protocol signed in Beijing by Environment Secretary Owen Paterson as part of a trade mission that included the Prime Minister, David Cameron. The Chinese wish to improve their semen stock from boars in England and Northern Ireland.[145][146]
  • 5 December – Cyclone Bodil hits the UK, Netherlands, Denmark and Germany, disrupting traffic and causing widespread damage amid fears of flooding along the North Sea coast.[147]
  • 16 December – Home Secretary Theresa May announces draft legislation to introduce tougher prison sentences for people convicted of offences relating to human trafficking.[148]
  • 19 December – Part of the ornate ceiling of the Apollo Theatre in London collapses during a performance, injuring at least 81 people in the audience.[149]
  • 20 December – Following a trial at Isleworth Crown Court, sisters Elisabetta and Francesca Grillo, who worked as personal assistants to food writer Nigella Lawson and her husband Charles Saatchi for several years, are found not guilty on charges of stealing from the couple.[150]
  • 23 December –

Publications[edit]

Births[edit]

Deaths[edit]

Main article: Deaths in 2013

January[edit]

Michael Winner 1935–2013

February[edit]

March[edit]

Alvin Lee in 1975
Main article: Deaths in March 2013

April[edit]

Margaret Thatcher 1925–2013
Main article: Deaths in April 2013

May[edit]

Main article: Deaths in May 2013

June[edit]

Main article: Deaths in June 2013

July[edit]

NASA portrait of Anthony Llewellyn

August[edit]

John Amis in 2010

September[edit]

October[edit]

November[edit]

December[edit]

Writer Colin Wilson in 1984

See also[edit]

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