2005 in the United Kingdom

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Events from the year 2005 in the United Kingdom.








  • 3 May – The last MORI poll before the general election puts Labour five points ahead of the Conservatives on 38%, with most observers predicting a Labour win with a significantly reduced majority. [4]
  • 4 May – Constantin Brâncuși's series of sculptures Bird in Space sold at Christie's auction house in London for the record amount of US$27,456,000.[2]
  • 5 May
    • General election: The Labour Party is returned to power, with a greatly reduced majority of 66.[13] The Liberal Democrats win the most seats for any third party since 1923, with 62 MPs. Another addition to parliament is the new Respect unity coalition, who win their first MP, George Galloway, the former Labour MP gained the Bethnal Green and Bow seat in London from the incumbent Labour MP Oona King.
    • A bomb explodes outside the British consulate in New York.
  • 6 May – Conservative Party leader, Michael Howard, announces that he plans to resign "sooner rather than later".
  • 7 May – Ulster Unionist Party leader, David Trimble, resigns as UUP leader after losing his seat at the general election.
  • 9 May – The Sellafield nuclear plant's Thorp reprocessing facility in Cumbria, is closed down due to the confirmation of a 20 tonne leak of highly radioactive uranium and plutonium fuel through a fractured pipe.
  • 12 May – Malcolm Glazer gains control of Manchester United after securing a 70% share, ending more than thirty years of ownership by the Edwards family.
  • 17 May – George Galloway, British MP, appears before the United States Senate to defend himself against charges that he profited from Saddam Hussein's regime, launching a tirade against the senators who had accused him and attacking the war in Iraq.[1]
  • 21 May – Arsenal become the first team to win the FA Cup on penalties, after they defeat Manchester United in a shootout that follows a nil-nil draw.
  • 25 May - Liverpool F.C win their fifth European Cup after a historic and un-forgettable victory over A.C Milan in Istanbul.
  • 27 May – Mark Hobson is sentenced to life imprisonment at Leeds Crown Court after admitting four charges of murder. On a killing spree in July last year, 35-year-old Hobson killed his girlfriend Claire Sanderson, her sister Diane Sanderson, as well as pensioners James and Joan Britton. The judge at the trial recommends that Hobson is never released from prison.
  • 31 May – Bob Geldof announces plans for a concert, Live 8, similar to Live Aid, which took place in 1985, to coincide with the G8 Summit in Edinburgh this July.




  • 11 August – British Airways grounds all flights as baggage handlers, loaders and bus drivers strike in support of 800 employees sacked by flight catering company Gate Gourmet. The strike is also affecting other airlines, causing chaos at London Heathrow Airport
  • 12 August – The radical Islamic preacher Omar Bakri Mohammed is barred from returning to the UK after Home Secretary Charles Clarke cancels the indefinite leave to return Mohammed was given after claiming asylum in 1986.
  • 20 August – The Ricoh Arena, a 32,500-seat multi-purpose stadium in Coventry, is opened. Owned by the local council, Coventry City F.C. are its key tenants and it is also likely to be used as a concert venue. Japanese electrical goods manufacturer Ricoh purchased the stadium's naming rights in a multimillion-pound deal last year.[18]
  • 21 August – Victory over Japan Day: A service is held at London's Cenotaph to mark the sixtieth anniversary of the end of World War II. Charles, Prince of Wales is in attendance, as are survivors of the Far East campaign.



  • 5 October – Three perpetrators of the racially motivated murder of Glasgow teenager Kriss Donald, arrive in Scotland to face trial after a one-off extradition agreement negotiated with Pakistan.[20][21]
  • 17–18 October – National Waterfront Museum in Swansea, designed by Wilkinson Eyre, opens.[22][23]
  • 17 October – The Conservative Party begin voting on a new leader following the resignation of Michael Howard, who has stepped down after being defeated at the general election held in May.
  • 18 October – The landmark Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth[24] opens. At 170 metres (560 ft) it is the tallest accessible structure in the UK outside London.


  • 1 November – Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall arrive in the United States for a state visit, their first overseas visit since their marriage.
  • 5 November – Britain's quadricentennial Guy Fawkes Night is celebrated, 400 years to the day of the Gunpowder Plot.[25]
  • 9 November – The Government loses a key House of Commons vote on detaining terrorism suspects for ninety days without charge, in the report stage of the Terrorism Bill.
  • 13 November – Andrew Stimpson, a 25-year-old man from Scotland, is reported as the first person proven to have been 'cured' of HIV.[1]
  • 21 November – Alfred Anderson, one of the last surviving First World War veterans and the oldest man in Scotland, dies at the age of 109. He was also the last known survivor of the 1914 Christmas truce. There are now only approximately twenty surviving British veterans of the conflict, all aged over 100 years.[5]
  • 24 November –
    • - Pubs in England and Wales permitted to open for 24 hours for the first time.[26]
    • - The Safeway name disappears from Britain after 43 years with the rebranding of the last remaining store by its owner Morrisons, which took over the supermarket chain in March 2004.
  • 25 November – The footballing world mourns George Best, the legendary former Manchester United and Northern Ireland player who dies from multiple organ failure following a seven-week illness at the age of 59. Best, an alcoholic for more than 30 years, had been admitted to hospital in early October suffering from an infection brought on by anti-rejection drugs that he had been taking since a liver transplant in 2002.
  • 30 November – Quadruple killer Mark Hobson loses a High Court appeal against his trial judge's recommendation that he should never be released from prison.





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