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Events from the year 2014 in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Incumbents[edit]

Events[edit]

January[edit]

  • 3 January – Strong winds and high tides bring flooding to large parts of Western England, Wales and Scotland.[1]
  • 7 January – Four people are killed when a United States Air Force Sikorsky HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter, based at RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk, crashes at a nature reserve in Cley next the Sea, north Norfolk.[2]
  • 8 January – An inquest jury decides that Mark Duggan, whose death sparked the 2011 England riots was lawfully killed by police.[3]
  • 10 January – At the Old Bailey, police officer Keith Wallis pleads guilty to misconduct in a public office over an email he sent to his local MP concerning the Plebgate affair.[4]
  • 12 January – Vincent Nichols, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Westminster is among 19 senior Catholic clergy who will be created Cardinals by Pope Francis on 22 February, it is announced.[5]
  • 13 January – The UK Treasury says that should Scots vote to leave the UK, it will honour all UK government debt issued up to the date of Scottish independence.[6]
  • 15 January – Birmingham City Council could be forced to sell off some of its assets to pay £1bn of legal claims over equality.[7]
  • 16 January –
  • 18 January –
    • The Labour Party confirms that Del Singh, a candidate for the forthcoming European elections, was among two Britons killed during a suicide bombing at a restaurant in the Afghan capital, Kabul the previous day.[10]
    • 16-year-old Lewis Clarke of Bristol sets a new world record after becoming the youngest person to trek to the South Pole.[11]
  • 19 January – The UK Independence Party suspends an Oxfordshire councillor who blamed the floods that hit the country earlier in the month on the government's decision to legalise same-sex marriage because it had angered God.[12]
  • 22 January – UK unemployment falls to 7.1%, surpassing economic forecasts and placing pressure on the Bank of England to raise interest rates. The bank, which said it would consider an increase once unemployment reached 7% says it has no immediate plans to introduce a raise.[13]
  • 24 January – Sedgemoor District Council in Somerset declares a "major incident" in flooded areas as forecasters warn of more rain.[14]
  • 25 January – Trees are uprooted and structural damaged caused to buildings by lightning as a heavy rainstorm hits the Midlands region.[15]
  • 27 January – Research published by the Centre for Cities think tank suggests a widening economic gap between London and the rest of the UK, with ten times more jobs being created in the capital than elsewhere.[16]
  • 28 January – Figures released by the Office for National Statistics indicate the UK economy grew by 1.9% in 2013, its highest since 2007, but growth for the final quarter of the year was 0.7%.[17]
  • 29 January – During a visit to Scotland, Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England says that in the event of Scottish independence, the country would need to give up some powers in return for a currency union with the United Kingdom.[18]
  • 30 January – Figures released by the Met Office indicate Southern England and parts of the Midlands have experienced their highest January rainfall since records began in 1910. The announcement comes as military personnel prepare to help residents in flooded areas of Somerset.[19]
  • 31 January – The European Union (Referendum) Bill is rejected by the House of Lords after peers vote not to allow more time for a debate, effectively killing off the proposed legislation.[20]

February[edit]

  • 1 February – Sally Morgan, the outgoing chair of Ofsted claims she is the victim of a "determined effort" by 10 Downing Street to appoint more Conservatives to key public sector positions.[21]
  • 5 February – Part of the South Devon Railway sea wall carrying the railway line linking London with the west of England is washed away by a powerful storm that has hit the UK overnight. Thousands of homes are also left without electricity.[22] Prime Minister David Cameron announces that an extra £100 million will be spent on dealing with the aftermath of the floods that have hit the UK.[23]
  • 6 February –
  • 7–23 February – Great Britain competes at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia and wins 1 gold, one silver and two bronze medals. This is Great Britain's best performance at a winter games since 1924.
  • 8 February –
    • Immigration minister Mark Harper resigns from the government after it was disclosed that his cleaner did not have permission to work in the UK.[26]
    • Rail links to South West England are cut off as fresh storms hit the area.[27]
  • 11 February – After visiting some of the country's flood hit areas, David Cameron says that "money is no object" as he announces measures to help those affected by the storms. He also warns that things may get worse before they get better. 1,600 troops are deployed to help in the relief effort, with more available if needed.[28]
  • 20 February – A 4.1 magnitude earthquake is recorded under the Bristol Channel.[29]
  • 22 February – Archbishop of Westminster Vincent Nichols, leader of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales, is created a cardinal at a ceremony in Vatican City.[30]
  • 25 February – A suspect in the 1982 IRA Hyde Park bombing will not face trial after a judge ruled he cannot be prosecuted because he was mistakenly given an official assurance that he would not face trial. Some 182 letters have been issued as part of the Northern Ireland peace process.[31]
  • 26 February – The two men convicted of the murder of Lee Rigby are sentenced to life imprisonment, Michael Adebolajo without the possibility of parole, and Michael Adebowale with the possibility of parole after 45 years.[32]
  • 27 February – Prime Minister David Cameron appoints a judge to review the crisis over letters sent to paramilitary suspects advising them they would not be prosecuted after First Minister of Northern Ireland Peter Robinson threatened to resign over the issue. The inquiry will present its findings by end of May.[33]
  • 28 February – Spree killer Joanne Dennehy is given a whole life sentence for three murders and two attempted murders committed in 2013.[34]

March[edit]

  • 5 March – Birmingham City Council is to sell the NEC Group because the authority is facing legal claims over equal pay totalling more than £1bn.[35]
  • 6 March –
  • 7–16 March – Great Britain finish 10th in the medal table of the 2014 Winter Paralympics, with six medals, the most successful Games since Innsbruck in 1984. Four of Britain's medals were won by visually impaired skier Jade Etherington, making her the greatest British Winter Paralympian of all-time.[38]
  • 11 March – MPs vote 297–239 to allow the controversial Clause 119 element of the Care Bill that will allow ministers to close hospitals in an NHS trust if a neighbouring trust is in financial difficulty, even if the hospital concerned is performing well.[39]
  • 18 March – Scottish Labour's Devolution Commission publishes its long-awaited report setting out proposals for enhanced devolution that will be implemented if Scotland votes no in the referendum, and Labour are elected in 2015.[40][41]
  • 19 March – As part of the 2014 budget, Chancellor George Osbourne announces that a new £1 coin will be introduced from 2017. Current £1 coins are vulnerable to counterfeiting, but the new 12-sided two-metal coin, based on the Threepenny bit will be more difficult to copy.[42]
  • 28 March – BBC research suggests that less than 6% of social housing tenants affected by the bedroom tax—an aspect of the 2012 Welfare Reform Act that penalises tenants in receipt of Housing Benefit with spare bedrooms—have moved house as a result of the controversial measure.[43]
  • 29 March – The first gay weddings take place in England and Wales following a change in the law in 2013 allowing same-sex marriage.[44]
  • 31 March – A jury is selected to hear a fresh inquest into the 96 deaths caused by the 1989 Hillsborough disaster.[45]

April[edit]

May[edit]

June[edit]

  • 5 June – US President Barack Obama says the US's interest in the Scottish independence referendum issue is to ensure it retains a "strong, robust, united and effective partner".[69]
  • 6 June – Robert Jenrick is elected as the Conservative MP for Newark following yesterday's by-election, becoming the first Tory candidate to win a by-election for 25 years. However, the party's majority is reduced by 10,000 following a significant UKIP vote.[70]
  • 7 June – Education Secretary Michael Gove apologises to David Cameron and a Home Office official over a row with Home Secretary Theresa May about how to tackle Islamic extremism following recent revelations about a Muslim plot to take over schools in Birmingham. In addition, May's special adviser, Fiona Cunningham resigns over the row.[71]
  • 9 June – The teaching of creationism is banned from free schools and academies.[72]
  • 12 June – The England national football team competes at the World Cup in Brazil. The team is eliminated after the first round, having finished bottom of their group after failing to win any of their 3 matches and gaining just 1 point.
  • 21 June – Jane Hedges is installed as the first female Dean of Norwich.[73]
  • 24 June – Former News of the World editor and Downing Street Director of Communications Andy Coulson is found guilty of conspiring to hack phones.[74]
  • 25 June – The jury in the phone hacking trial is dismissed after failing to reach a verdict on outstanding charges against Andy Coulson. The trial's judge, Mr Justice Saunders, rebukes Prime Minister David Cameron for commenting on Coulson's conviction the previous day while the trial was still ongoing.[75]
  • 30 June –
    • Andy Coulson and Clive Goodman are to face a retrial on charges they bought royal telephone directories from police officers.[76]
    • Following a trial at Southwark Crown Court, entertainer Rolf Harris is found guilty on 12 counts of indecent assault between 1968 and 1986.[77]

July[edit]

August[edit]

September[edit]

  • 5 September – MPs vote 306–231 to back the Affordable Homes Bill, designed to relax controversial housing benefit cuts. The Bill passes its first reading after Labour and Lib Dem MPs voted in favour of the legislation.[112]
  • 6 September – A YouGov opinion poll on Scottish independence commissioned for The Sunday Times gives the Yes campaign a majority for the first time. The 51–49 result applies when undecided voters are excluded.[113]
  • 7 September – Speaking on the BBC's The Andrew Marr Show, Chancellor George Osborne pledges a "plan of action" for further devolution to Scotland if Scots vote No in the forthcoming referendum.[114]
  • 8 September –
  • 9 September –
    • The Scottish leaders of the three main UK political parties give their backing to greater devolved powers for the Scottish Parliament as Prime Minister David Cameron and Opposition leader Ed Miliband plan a trip to Scotland to campaign for a No vote.[117]
    • Keith Vaz, Chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee, says he will write to the Home Secretary about the possibility of emergency legislation to remove Shaun Wright as Police and Crime Commissioner for South Yorkshire.[118]
  • 10 September – The first Invictus Games are held in London,[119] beginning with an opening ceremony attended by Prince Harry, the Duke of Cambridge, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall.[120]
  • 12 September – Boris Johnson is selected as the Conservative candidate for Uxbridge and South Ruislip.[121][122]
  • 13 September – David Cameron condemns the killing of British hostage David Haines as an "act of pure evil", after the release of a video purporting to show the humanitarian aid worker's beheading.[123]
  • 14 September – The closing ceremony of the inaugural Invictus Games takes place in London, with a music concert at Olympic Park featuring artists and groups such as Bryan Adams, Ellie Goulding, James Blunt and the Kaiser Chiefs.[124][125][126]
  • 16 September – Shaun Wright resigns as Police and Crime Commissioner for South Yorkshire, triggering a by-election.[127]
  • 18 September – A referendum on whether Scotland should be an independent country will take place.[128]

Publications[edit]

Births[edit]

Deaths[edit]

Main article: Deaths in 2014

January[edit]

Journalist Simon Hoggart in 2006

February[edit]

Stuart Hall

March[edit]

Tony Benn in 2007

April[edit]

May[edit]

June[edit]

July[edit]

August[edit]

Drummer Rod de'Ath

September[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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