The 13 seats lost in the General Election was one of the most important numbers on 2017
To save those historians a bit of time Express.co.uk has picked out the key numbers which came to define 2017.
13 – Seats lost by Theresa May in the snap General Election
Theresa May was brimming with confidence when she called a snap General Election in April.
The Conservative Party expected a landslide victory that would strengthen Mrs May’s hand in Brexit negotiations.
Instead, it cost them their majority.
The Conservatives decreased their share of Commons seats by 13, and were forced to make a confidence and supply deal with 10 DUP MPs.
In total, 33 Conservative members of parliament lost their seats in the General Election.
20 SNP members, four from Labour and four from the Liberal Democrats were also out of a job after the June poll.
However in better news for Mrs May, the Conservatives managed to take 12 seats from the SNP, giving the party 13 seats in Scotland overall after Scottish Secretary David Mundell increased his majority.
Theresa May lost 13 seats in the snap general election
46 per cent – Jeremy Corbyn’s shock polling high
When she called the snap General Election, Theresa May had a 24 point poll lead on Labour, and thought she would decimate Jeremy Corbyn’s party in the coming vote.
But during the course of the election, she saw her lead diminish to just seven points, as she lost her majority.
By July, Labour had an eight point lead on the Conservatives in YouGov Westminster voting intention polls.
Jeremy Corbyn shocked when he overtook Theresa May’s Conservatives in YouGov polling
46 per cent said they would prefer to vote Labour, while 38 per cent said they would vote Conservative.
After pundits branded Jeremy Corbyn “unelectable”, he emerged as a contender for office, to Mrs May’s dismay.
The Conservatives have now regained ground and were one point ahead of Labour in a December 10 YouGov poll of 1680 British adults.
Voters still back Theresa May for Prime Minister over Jeremy Corbyn. 37 per cent said Mrs May was best for the top job, over 28 per cent for Mr Corbyn, in the December 10 poll.
Jeremy Corbyn outstripped May in polls
5 – Terror attacks in the UK during 2017
Britain was rocked by ISIS attacks for the first time in 2017.
On March 22, Khalid Masood drove a car into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge before stabbing police officer Keith Palmer in the grounds of the Houses of Parliament.
Then on May 22, suicide bomber Salman Abedi killed 22, many of them children or teenagers, in an attack on an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena.
Less than two weeks later on June 3, the London Bridge attack saw terrorists plough into nighttime revellers crossing the bridge and at nearby Borough Market.
A sea of tributes left for victims of the Manchester Arena attack
And on September 15, a makeshift bomb injured passengers on a London Underground train near Parsons Green station.
All of these attacks were claimed by ISIS, although there is some debate about whether attackers ever had direct contact with the group.
A fifth terrorist attack, not motivated by Islamic extremism, occurred on June 19. 47-year-old Darren Osborne, from Cardiff, drove a van into Muslim worshippers leaving a mosque in Finsbury Park, London.
The UK terror threat level has been raised and lowered twice over the course of 2017.
After the Manchester Arena and Parsons Green attacks, the threat level was raised to “critical”, meaning authorities believed an attack was imminent, before being reduced to its previous level of “severe”, meaning an attack is likely.
The aftermath as several people were injured in a bomb on the London Underground
13 per cent – Shock crime increase in England and Wales
Crime levels in England and Wales rose by 13 per cent in the 12 months up to June 2017.
The number of crimes recorded surpassed 5 million in a single year for the first time in a decade.
Violent crime rose by 19 per cent, with knife crime up 26 per cent and sexual offences up 19 per cent.
Hate crime increased by 29 per cent, the largest amount since the Home Office began recording data in 2011-12.
Large increases after the Westminster Bridge, Manchester Arena and London Bridge attacks were branded “concerning” by Home Secretary Amber Rudd.
€60 billion – Amount the EU wanted for Brexit divorce bill
The Brexit divorce bill was one of the most controversial topics of the year.
The amount Britain would pay to secure EU trade talks changed dramatically from start to finish of the discussion.
Ministers initially suggested the EU could “go whistle” as it asked for €60 billion to cover the UK’s liabilities for the net EU budget cycle.
Theresa May then offered €20 billion at a Florence EU summit, while €55 billion was floated in November before ministers denied it.
Britain has settled the matter by pledging to fulfil its obligations until the end of the current EU budget cycle.
EU insiders have suggested this means Britain could pay the full €60 billion after all – although UK ministers think they will be able to haggle to reduce the amount.
EU leaders asked Theresa May for €60 billion in a Brexit divorce bill
3 – Ministers who had to resign from May’s Cabinet
2017 has been a difficult year for the Conservative Party. Since losing her majority in a snap General Election she had thought would give her a landslide, Theresa May has also lost three senior cabinet ministers.
The first to go was Michael Fallon, who resigned as defence secretary after sexual harassment allegations emerged against him.
Next was Priti Patel, who was forced to resign after failing to disclose meetings with senior Israeli officials.
Priti Patel had to resign over undisclosed meetings with Israeli politicians
Her farcical sacking saw commentators track her flight back from Uganda, and a helicopter chase her ministerial car as she headed to face the music at 10 Downing Street.
Most recently, Mrs May had to sack her deputy, Damian Green, on December 20.
Mr Green was found to have breached the ministerial code by making misleading statements about whether he knew police had found porn on a computer in his office.
He was also implicated in the Westminster sexual harassment scandal, and admitted having made Conservative activist Kate Maltby “uncomfortable”.
Damian Green resigned after lying to an inquiry about porn allegations
6 percentage points – Difference between A&E waiting time targets and reality
The NHS’ woes deepened in 2017 as Accident and Emergency departments failed to meet targets for patient waiting times.
The health service aims for 95 per cent of patients to be seen within four hours of attending A&E.
However in 2016-17, only 89 per cent were actually seen within the target time frame, according to figures released in October.
This six percentage point difference means patients are twice as likely to wait more than four hours than they were four years ago – 11 per cent compared to 5 per cent.
Luton and Dunstable NHS Trust is the only service in the UK that has managed to hit targets for the three key measurements of A&E waiting times, 62-day cancer care, and planned operations, for the last twelve months.
Hurricane Irma totally destroyed the Caribbean island of Barbuda which was evacuated after the storm
180 mph – Wind speed of Hurricane Irma, massive storm that hit 9 US states
Hurricane Irma ripped through nine US states, stretching 650 miles from east to west.
It was the strongest Atlantic basic hurricane ever recorded outside the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean sea.
180 mph winds tore down power lines, turned streets into river and cut off coastal communities.
And the terrifying storm completely destroyed the Caribbean island of Barbuda, which was evacuated as Irma tore through homes and cut off power.