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  • 7 March - The coroner at the inquest into the death of Diana, Princess of Wales announces that Prince Philip will not be called into court to give evidence over the deaths that Mohammed Al Fayed is accusing him of ordering. [3]
  • 12 March - The Budget is unveiled by Alistair Darling as his first in the position of Chancellor of the Exchequer.
  • 14 March - Michael Donovan, 39, from Bartley Carr, West Yorkshire, is arrested for the kidnap of the 9 year old, Shannon Matthews.
  • 28 March - London Heathrow Terminal 5 opens at Heathrow Airport to British Airways with lots of problems with the IT system, coupled with insufficient testing and staff training, which caused over 500 flights to be cancelled.[7]
  • 30 March - A plane crashes into a row of houses in Farnborough, London, killing two pilots and three passengers.[8]
  • 31 March - The inquest into the death of Diana, Princess of Wales hears that there is "not a shred of evidence" that Prince Philip or MI6 ordered her death. [4]




  • 18 July - The surge in Tory support continues as the latest MORI poll puts them 20 points ahead of Labour on 47%. With an election due within the next two years and possibly next year, David Cameron is well on course to become the next prime minister of the United Kingdom. With an economic crisis beginning and fears of a recession and mass unemployment rising, it is widely expected that his popularity will continue to grow. [6]
  • 22 July - The London Motor Show is held, highlighted by Vauxhall's launch of its new Insignia that replaces the Vectra and is due on sale later this year.[15]









  1. ^ ""Hain quits jobs 'to clear name'", BBC News". 2008-01-24. Retrieved 2008-01-26.  
  2. ^ ""MPs suspend Conway from Commons, BBC News". 2008-01-31. Retrieved 2008-02-04.  
  3. ^ a b c McGuinness, Ross (March 16, 2009). "Metro". pp. 30.  
  4. ^ ""Wright guilty of Suffolk murders", BBC News". 2008-02-21. Retrieved 2008-04-05.  
  5. ^ ""Suffolk killer will die in prison", BBC News". 2008-02-22. Retrieved 2008-04-05.  
  6. ^ ""Man gets life for model's murder", BBC News". 2008-02-22. Retrieved 2008-04-05.  
  7. ^ "British Airways reveals what went wrong with Terminal 5". Computer Weekly. May 14, 2008. Archived from the original on 2009-07-23. Retrieved 2008-05-17.  
  8. ^ "No Survivors After Jet Slams Into Homes".,,30100-1311171,00.html. Retrieved 2008-03-30.  
  9. ^ "".,23599,23476268-38200,00.html?from=public_rss. Retrieved 2008-04-05.  
  10. ^ "Understanding the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007" (pdf). Ministry of Justice. Retrieved 2007-10-17.  
  11. ^ "London Elects". Retrieved 2008-01-06.  
  12. ^ ""Manchester United retain title", ITV". Retrieved 2009-03-13.  
  13. ^ ""Joey Barton is jailed for assault", BBC". 2008-05-20. Retrieved 2009-03-18.  
  14. ^ ""Man Utd earn dramatic Euro glory", BBC". 2008-05-22. Retrieved 2010-01-01.  
  15. ^ ""London show: Vauxhall Insignia", Autocar". Retrieved 2009-03-18.  
  16. ^ "GB Olympians power to new heights". BBC Sport. 2008-08-19. Retrieved 2008-08-19.  
  17. ^ ""Plymouth goalkeeper Luke McCormick jailed for killing boys in drunken crash", Telegraph". Retrieved 2009-03-18.  
  18. ^ ""Timeline: Russell Brand prank calls", BBC". 2009-04-03. Retrieved 2009-03-18.  
  19. ^ "BBC SPORT". 2008-11-02. Retrieved 2008-11-12.  
  20. ^ "Labour victorious in Glenrothes". BBC News (British Broadcasting Corporation). 6 November 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-06.  
  21. ^ ""Sean Mercer guilty of murdering Rhys Jones", The Times". London. Retrieved 2009-03-18.  
  22. ^ ""Woolworths to close in January", BBC". 2008-12-17. Retrieved 2009-03-18.  
  23. ^ ""Man admits Rachel Nickell killing", BBC". 2008-12-18. Retrieved 2009-03-18.  
  24. ^ ""Furniture chain MFI closes down", BBC". 2008-12-19. Retrieved 2009-03-18.  


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