2011 in England
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|See also:||2010–11 in English football
2011–12 in English football
2011 in the United Kingdom
Other events of 2011
Events from 2011 in England
Further information: Politics of England
- 1 January – Riot at Ford Open Prison is quelled by specialist guards in body armour.
- 3 January – Adrian Lewis wins the World Darts Championship.
- 4 January – Value added tax increased to 20% from 17.5%.
- 5 January – Music retailer HMV announces the closure of 60 stores following disappointing Christmas sales - a move which would see the firm lose 10% of its stores and could cost up to 900 people their jobs.
- 7 January – The England cricket team win The Ashes series 3–1 in Australia.
- 7 January – Former Labour MP David Chaytor is jailed for 18 months for fraudulently claiming more than £20,000 in expenses.
- 13 January – Labour win the Oldham East and Saddleworth by-election.
- 15 January – Three former Church of England bishops are ordained as priests in the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham of the Roman Catholic Church at Westminster Cathedral.
- 22 January – Police charge 32-year-old Dutch national Vincent Tabak with the murder of 25-year-old Bristol woman Joanna Yeates, who was found dead on Christmas Day after going missing on 17 December. Tabak was first arrested in connection with the murder two days ago.
- 3 March – The Labour Party wins the Barnsley Central By-election, with the Liberal Democrats finishing in sixth place.
- 18 March – Former British Airways software engineer Rajib Karim, of Newcastle upon Tyne is jailed for 30 years after he was earlier convicted of plotting to blow up a plane.
- 24 March – Police find the body of 22-year-old Sian O'Callaghan in Oxfordshire, five days after she went missing in Swindon, Wiltshire. A 47-year-old man is arrested on suspicion of murder and police are also searching for the body of an unnamed missing woman who is feared to have been murdered.
- 25 March – Delroy Grant, a 53-year-old London taxi driver who was found guilty on a total of 29 charges including indecent assault, burglary and rape committed against 10 elderly people between 1992 and 2009, is sentenced to life imprisonment at Woolwich Crown Court with a recommendation that he should serve at least 27 years in prison before parole can even be considered.
- 26 March – Hundreds of thousands of people march in London, England against government budget cuts with the protests later turning violent. (The Telegraph) (The Guardian)
- 27 March – A 47-year-old taxi driver, Christopher Halliwell, is charged with the murder of Sian O'Callaghan.
- 1 April – South Downs National Park Authority begins operation.
- 5 April – Police investigating the murder of Sian O'Callaghan have identified human remains found at a second site as those of Swindon woman Becky Godden-Edwards, who was last seen alive in 2002 at the age of 20.
- 13 April – 53-year-old actor Brian Regan, most famous for his role as Terry Sullivan in the former Channel 4 TV soap Brookside, is charged - along with another man - with the murder of a man who was fatally shot in Aigburth, Merseyside, on 24 February this year.
- 16 April – Turner Contemporary art gallery, designed by David Chipperfield, opens in Margate, Kent.
- 22 April – Nine people are arrested and eight police officers are injured during riots in Bristol amid a protest against the opening of a new Tesco superstore in the Stokes Croft area of the city.
- 29 April – Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine Middleton marry in Westminster Abbey. A public holiday celebrates the day, which in conjunction with the May Bank Holiday, makes it a four-day weekend.
- 13 May – Following a decision made at its Bishops' Spring Conference, the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales announces the reinstatement of the rule of abstaining from eating red meat on Fridays. The practice, last observed in 1984, will be reintroduced on 16 September to coincide with the first anniversary of the visit of Pope Benedict XVI.
- 14 May – The city of Manchester celebrates as Manchester United FC seal their record 19th top division league title and Manchester City FC win the FA Cup, ending the latter's 35-year wait for a major trophy.
- 21 May – The Hepworth Wakefield art gallery, designed by David Chipperfield, opens to the public in West Yorkshire.
- 29 May – Indy-style English racer Dan Wheldon wins the 2011 Indianapolis 500.
- 15 June – St Paul's Cathedral completes its £40m 15-year restoration project.
- 29 June – A court ruling restricting the powers of police bail has thrown thousands of cases in England and Wales into disarray.
- 10 July – The 2011 British Grand Prix was held at Silverstone Circuit and won by Fernando Alonso.
- 12 July – Police (Detention and Bail) Act 2011, affecting England and Wales, receives its Royal Assent.
- 19 July – New Museum of Liverpool opens to the public.
- 7 August – 2011 England riots: The Metropolitan Police struggles to restore order in Tottenham, London after a riot the previous evening.
- 8 August – Prime Minister David Cameron cuts short his holiday to chair a meeting of the COBRA Committee as rioting in London continues into its third day and violence spreads across England with Birmingham, Liverpool, Nottingham and Bristol also affected.
- 5 September – The first wave of independent state-funded schools in England, known as Free Schools, open their doors as the new academic year begins.
- 12 September – Bernard Hogan-Howe is named as the new Commissioner of London's Metropolitan Police.
- 21 September – An energy firm which has been test drilling for controversial "shale gas" in Lancashire has said it has found vast gas resources underground.
- 29 September – The Department for Transport announces a consultation process on raising the motorway speed limit on England and Wales' motorways to 80 mph.
- 1 October –
- 5 October – The world's largest solar bridge project gets underway in London.
- 13 October – Uefa's disciplinary panel decide that England striker Wayne Rooney will miss the Euro 2012 group stage after being banned for three matches for his sending off against Montenegro for an incident the panel described as an "assault".
- 21 October – London's St Paul's Cathedral is forced to close its doors to visitors for the first time since the Second World War after Occupy London protesters set up camp on its doorstep.
- 28 October – Dutch engineer Vincent Tabak is convicted of the murder of landscape artist Joanna Yeates and sentenced to life imprisonment.
- 4 November - Several people die and dozens are injured after 27 vehicles collide - many bursting into flames - on the M5 motorway in Somerset.
- 10 November – Hinchingbrooke Hospital in Cambridgeshire becomes the first NHS hospital to be run by a private firm. Healthcare partnership Circle has been awarded a ten-year contract, and will take over administration of the hospital – which has heavy financial debts – in February 2012.
- 19 November – Four Metropolitan Police officers are stabbed while chasing a suspect in Kingsbury, north London. Two officers are seriously injured, while a 32-year-old suspect is arrested for attempted murder.
- 30 November – More than one million public sector workers in England, including teachers and civil servants, strike over proposed pension changes.
- 16 December – The Labour Party's Seema Malhotra retains the Feltham and Heston seat in south-west London for the party in a by-election sparked by the death of the previous MP.
- 27 December – The government plans to allow NHS hospitals to use up to 49% of their hospital beds and theatre time for private patients.
Predicted and scheduled events
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- 2 January - Pete Postlethwaite, actor (born 1946)
- 15 January - Susannah York, actress (born 1939)
- 15 January - Nat Lofthouse, footballer (born 1925)
- 23 July - Amy Winehouse, singer (born 1983)
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- "VAT rises from 17.5% to 20%". BBC News. BBC. 4 January 2010. Archived from the original on 4 January 2011. Retrieved 4 January 2011.
- "HMV to close 60 stores as sales and shares slump". BBC News (BBC). 5 January 2011. Archived from the original on 20 January 2011. Retrieved 23 January 2011.
- "MPs' expenses: David Chaytor jailed over false claims". BBC News. BBC. 7 January 2010. Archived from the original on 7 January 2011. Retrieved 7 January 2011.
- "Ex-Anglican bishops ordained as Catholics". BBC News. BBC. 15 January 2010. Archived from the original on 15 January 2011. Retrieved 15 January 2011.
- "Police charge Vincent Tabak with Jo Yeates murder". BBC News (BBC). 22 January 2011. Archived from the original on 23 January 2011. Retrieved 23 January 2011.
- "Terror plot BA man Rajib Karim gets 30 years". BBC News (BBC). 18 March 2011. Archived from the original on 18 March 2011. Retrieved 20 March 2011.
- "Sian O'Callaghan found dead amid fears over second body". BBC News (BBC). 24 March 2011. Retrieved 25 March 2011.
- "Night Stalker rapist Delroy Grant jailed for 27 years". BBC News. BBC. 25 March 2011. Archived from the original on 6 May 2011. Retrieved 25 March 2011.
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- Higgins, Charlotte (10 April 2011). "Amid tough times, gallery building boom brings hope for the future". The Guardian. p. 11.
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- Evans, Martin (14 May 2011). "Catholics told to abstain from eating meat on Fridays". The Telegraph (Telegraph Media Group). Retrieved 15 May 2011.
- "Manchester revels in FA Cup final & Premier League joy". BBC News (BBC). 14 May 2011. Archived from the original on 14 May 2011. Retrieved 14 May 2011.
- "St Paul's Cathedral completes £40m restoration project". BBC News (BBC). 15 June 2011. Archived from the original on 17 June 2011. Retrieved 19 June 2011.
- "Bail suspects 'could be released'". BBC News (BBC). 29 June 2011. Archived from the original on 29 June 2011. Retrieved 29 June 2011.
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- "London riots: Dozens injured after Tottenham violence". BBC News (BBC). 7 August 2011. Retrieved 7 August 2011.
- Camber, Rebecca; Martin, Arthur; Wilkes, David (8 August 2011). "London on lockdown and Cameron flies home: Police face gangs armed with petrol bombs and poles on THIRD night of riots and cynical looting". Mail Online (Associated Newspapers Limited). Retrieved 8 August 2011.
- "Further riots in London as violence spreads across England". BBC News (BBC). 9 August 2011. Retrieved 9 August 2011.
- "Nick Clegg rules out running free schools for profit". BBC News (BBC). 5 September 2011. Retrieved 5 September 2011.
- "Bernard Hogan-Howe new Metropolitan Police commissioner". BBC News (BBC). 12 September 2011. Retrieved 12 September 2011.
- "Shale gas firm finds 'vast' gas resources in Lancashire". BBC News (BBC). 21 September 2011. Retrieved 22 September 2011.
- "Ministers to consult on 80mph motorway speed limit". BBC News (BBC). 29 September 2011. Retrieved 30 September 2011.
- "Cigarette vending machines banned in England". BBC News. BBC. 1 October 2011. Retrieved 1 October 2011.
- "Record UK temperature for October set at 29.9C". BBC News. BBC. 1 October 2011. Retrieved 1 October 2011.
- "World's largest solar bridge project gets underway". CNN. CNN. 5 October 2011. Retrieved 8 October 2011.
- "Wayne Rooney banned for three England Euro 2012 matches". BBC News. BBC. 13 October 2011. Retrieved 13 October 2011.
- "Occupy London: Demo forces St Paul's Cathedral to close". BBC News (BBC). 21 October 2011. Retrieved 27 October 2011.
- "Vincent Tabak found guilty of Jo Yeates murder". BBC News (BBC). 28 October 2011. Retrieved 28 October 2011.
- Maguire, John (4 November 2011). "M5 crash: Fears 'more than 10 killed'". BBC News. BBC. Retrieved 5 November 2011.
- Jeffreys, Branwen (10 November 2011). "Circle in deal to run Hinchingbrooke NHS hospital". BBC News. BBC. Retrieved 11 November 2011.
- "Four Metropolitan Police officers stabbed in London". BBC News (BBC). 19 November 2011. Retrieved 20 November 2011.
- "Tens of thousands in England on strike over pensions". BBC News (BBC). 30 November 2011. Retrieved 30 November 2011.
- "Labour wins Feltham and Heston by-election". BBC News (BBC). 16 December 2011. Retrieved 16 December 2011.
- "'Planned 49% limit' for NHS private patients in England". BBC News (BBC). 27 December 2011. Retrieved 27 December 2011.
- Oscar-nominated actor Pete Postlethwaite dies aged 64 BBC News, 3 January 2011
- Actress Susannah York dies at 72 BBC News, 16 January 2011