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2010s

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People in the News: 2010s

Controversial Belizean businessman and Tory life peer: co–author of an "unauthorised biography" of David Cameron, published in 2015, which included allegations of a bizarre and arguably obscene act, involving a dead pig's head Click to show or hide the answer
Editor–in–Chief of the website Wikileaks (commonly known as its founder): took asylum in the Ecuador Embassy in London, in 2012, when facing extradition to Sweden on rape charges (still there in November 2017) Click to show or hide the answer
Coventry woman caught on CCTV, in 2010, putting a cat in a wheelie bin Click to show or hide the answer
Chief Executive of the charity Kids Company, and former media darling (dubbed the "Angel of Peckham" and "Our Own Mother Teresa"): forced to step down in 2015, after it was revealed that the charity was unable to pay its debts, despite receiving millions of pounds in government grants Click to show or hide the answer
British costume designer, described by Stephen Fry as "dressed as a bag lady" when collecting her BAFTA for Mad Max: Fury Road (2015); also won the Oscar for the same film, and for A Room with a View 29 years previously Click to show or hide the answer
Chelsea FC club doctor: left in September 2015 after being described as "naive" by Jose Mourinho for going onto the pitch, when summoned by the referee, to treat a player (Eden Hazard) whose injury he thought didnt warrant it – but meaning that the player subsequently had to leave the pitch, and Chelsea were already down to 10 men because Thibaut Courtois had been sent off in the 52nd minute (v. Swansea, in the opening game of the 2015–16 Premiership season) Click to show or hide the answer
Resigned as David Cameron's "communications director" in 2011, following continued allegations of phone hacking while he was editor of the News of the World (2003–7) – a post from which he resigned for the same reason Click to show or hide the answer
Appointed chairman of the UK Environment Agency in September 2014; resigned in January 2016, after being heavily criticised in the previous month for remaining on holiday in Barbados during the disastrous floods in northern England Click to show or hide the answer
Rochdale pensioner described by Gordon Brown as "a sort of bigoted woman" during the 2010 election campaign Click to show or hide the answer
Director General of the BBC for 54 days in 2012: resigned after a Newsnight report falsely implicated Lord McAlpine in the North Wales child abuse scandal Click to show or hide the answer
UKIP leader, opposed Mr. Speaker John Bercow in the 2010 general election (in defiance of tradition whereby the Speaker, as a neutral, is not opposed); injured in a plane crash on the morning of election day (flying in a plane towing a UKIP banner, it was believed that the banner got caught in the engine); beaten by the Conservative candidate Craig Mackinlay in the 2015 general election, a former deputy leader of UKIP (Thanet South constituency) Click to show or hide the answer
Appointed by Donald Trump as National Security Advisor, but forced to resign 24 days later (February 2017) after it emerged that he had misled Vice President Mike Pence about his communications with the Russian ambassador to the USA Click to show or hide the answer
Chief Executive of the Royal Bank of Scotland, 2000–8 – controversially awarded a £700,000 p. a. pension after taking early retirement in January 2009 – just as the bank was effectively nationalised, and one month before it announced a loss of £24.1 billion (the largest annual loss in UK corporate history) – stripped of his knighthood in 2012 Click to show or hide the answer
TV journalist who claimed in 2010 to have euthanized a lover suffering from AIDS (died in 2013, aged 74) Click to show or hide the answer
Dubbed "king of the High Street" by BBC Radio 4's Profile in 2012; branded the "unacceptable face of capitalism" after BHS (which he sold in March 2015 for £1) went into administration leaving a £571m hole in its pension fund; pictured lounging on his £100 million super–yacht Lionheart in Summer 2016 as BHS employees faced life with no job and no pension Click to show or hide the answer
BP chief executive, heavily criticised following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico Click to show or hide the answer
Jilted by 25–year–old Crystal Harris, in 2011 – at the age of 85 Click to show or hide the answer
Royal Bank of Scotland Chief Executive who (reluctantly) gave up his £963,000 bonus in 2012 Click to show or hide the answer
Blackpool woman, 32, convicted of urinating on a war memorial in 2010 (and of "performing a sex act on a man in public" nearby) Click to show or hide the answer
27–year–old co–pilot who deliberately crashed a German aircraft into a mountain in the French Alps, in 2015 Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
Commander of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan, dismissed by President Obama in 2010 after making derogatory comments about senior US officials, including Vice President Joe Biden, in an article in Rolling Stone magazine Click to show or hide the answer
Female assistant referee in a Premier League match between Liverpool and Wolves, 2011, subject of derogatory remarks by Sky TV presenters Andy Gray and Richard Keys, which resulted in their being sacked (they were soon snapped up by TalkSport) Click to show or hide the answer
Died August 2015: the last surviving pilot who flew in the Dam Busters raid Click to show or hide the answer
Portsmouth pub landlady who in February 2012 won a legal battle to overturn her conviction for using foreign decoders to show Premier League matches Click to show or hide the answer
WWII spy, codename Rose, died in Torquay 2010 Click to show or hide the answer
American dentist who achieved notoriety by shooting Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe (July 2015) Click to show or hide the answer
Underwear model, former girlfriend of Wayne Bridge, whose well–publicised affair with John Terry led to his losing the England captaincy in 2010 (she was also rumoured to have had relationships with other Chelsea players) Click to show or hide the answer
Wife of David Cameron's Environment Secretary, Chris Huhne (1984–2011): a Greek–born economist, and former Joint Head of the UK Government's Economic Service; sentenced to eight months in prison in 2013, along with Huhne, after they were each convicted of attempting to pervert the course of justice (after he was caught speeding in 2003, she had claimed that she was driving the car, and accepted the licence penalty points on his behalf so that he could avoid being banned from driving) Click to show or hide the answer
Captain of the Costa Concordia, the cruise ship that ran aground in the Mediterranean in January 2012, resulting in the deaths of 32 people; sentenced to 16 years imprisonment, in February 2015, for manslaughter (and other offences) Click to show or hide the answer
US Airways pilot who landed his plane in the Hudson River shortly after take–off, saving the lives of all 155 people on board (Jan 2010 – played by Tom Hanks in the 2016 film) Click to show or hide the answer
Temporary receptionist (employed by outsourcing company Portico) sent home by Price Waterhouse Coopers in 2016, for refusing to wear high heels (thus contravening PwC's dress code) Click to show or hide the answer
British doctor found guilty by the BMC in 2010 of offences relating to his claims over the relationship between MMR and autism Click to show or hide the answer
BBC news presenter (Today, Radio 4) who revealed on his 50th birthday in 2011 that he was the illegitimate son of former BBC newsreader Peter Woods Click to show or hide the answer
David Cameron's enterprise advisor – former Trade & Industry Secretary (under Thatcher) – resigned in 2010 after claiming that "the vast majority of people" in Britain had "never had it so good" despite the "so–called" recession Click to show or hide the answer

© Haydn Thompson 2017