Once again there’s been oodles of positivity coming in from across Britain this week (3rd – 9th May 2021).

Britain’s vaccination program is considered a huge success with more than 50 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine now administered. Investment from across the globe is flooding onto British shores with companies such as UBER choosing Britain to design and manufacture their new taxis of the future. The UK has hosted a very successful G7 meeting in London this week and new trade agreements are being made including one with India which will create more than 6,500 new jobs.

And of course millions of Britons across the UK voted on Thursday in a bumper crop of elections – the UK’s first major democratic exercise since the country was hit by coronavirus last year. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has written to party members to thank them for their support in making “historic gains across the country.”

Here are our best read news stories from the last seven days. Enjoy the positive news. Britain is certainly building back better! #TheGoodNewsThisWeek

10. UK leading electric revolution as 1 in 7 new car sales have a plug

The UK is at the forefront of the electric revolution as nearly one in seven new car sales so far in 2021 have a plug. The UK is accelerating further towards a greener transport future, as stats released this week reveal that over half-a-million ultra low emission vehicles are now being driven on roads across the country. This comes as statistics from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) show that 13.6% of new cars sold in the past four months had a plug, with ultra low emission cars accounting for more than 1 in 10 sales last year, up from 1 in 30 the year before…

9. UK sends further life-saving support to India

India’s fight against a surge in coronavirus cases will be reinforced by new UK Government support announced by the Prime Minister today. 1,000 ventilators will be sent from the UK’s surplus supply to Indian hospitals to help the most severe Covid cases. This is in addition to 200 ventilators, 495 oxygen concentrators and three oxygen generation units the UK announced we were sending to India last week. Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty and Chief Scientific Adviser Patrick Vallance have also spoken to their Indian counterparts to provide advice, insight and expertise to the Indian healthcare system as it deals with the world’s worse surge in Covid levels…

8. Uber chooses British electric vehicle start-up to produce taxis of the future

Uber has announced a new partnership with British electric vehicle start-up Arrival, which will see the pair producing purpose-built electric vehicles for ride-hailing drivers across the world. Set to enter production in the third quarter of 2023, the electric vehicle will join Arrival’s previously announced commercial vehicles (the Bus and Van) and will be designed in partnership with Uber, with the ride-hailing firm’s drivers now being invited to join the design process in order to make it better suited to their needs…

7. UK secures G7 action to tackle global challenges and threats

The UK brought together foreign and development ministers from G7 countries, as well as guests from the Indo-Pacific region and Africa, this week for decisive co-ordinated action on shared global challenges and threats. The first face-to-face meeting of foreign ministers in over two years combined the UK’s diplomatic and development expertise to help deliver progress on the UK’s overall G7 Presidency goal of building back better from the Covid-19 pandemic. The Leaders’ Summit takes place in Cornwall next month…

6.  British Taskforce launched to investigate reported rise in pet thefts

A Pet Theft Taskforce has been launched to investigate the recent reported rise in pet theft since the start of lockdown, Environment Secretary George Eustice has announced. Sales platforms have reported a considerable rise in puppy and kitten prices over the course of the past year following more people deciding to buy or adopt a pet. Recent reports have suggested that this may be leading to a rise in pet thefts…

5. Boris announces £1 billion of new UK-India trade creating 6500 UK jobs

More than 6,500 new jobs will be created around the UK thanks to £1bn of new UK-India trade and investment announced by the Prime Minister this week. The package contains over £533m of new Indian investment into the UK, which is expected to create more than 6,000 jobs in vital and growing sectors such as health and technology. £200m of these deals will support low carbon growth.

4. UK’s vaccination programme ‘huge success’ with more than 50 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered

More than 34 million people have had at least one jab while 15 million have had both doses of the vaccine. Over 50 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in the UK, with over a quarter of adults having received both doses. Health services across the UK administered a total of 50,089,549 million vaccines between 8 December 2020 and 2 May 2021, including 34 million people with their first dose and 15 million with their second. Data from Public Health England (PHE)’s real-world study shows the vaccines are already having a significant impact in the UK, reducing hospitalisations and saving more than 10,000 lives in England alone by the end of March…

3. Tories punch a hole in Labour’s red wall

Conservatives have won the Hartlepool by-election, turning the constituency blue for the first time since the constituency was formed in 1974. In an historic defeat for Labour, Hartlepool voted for the Tory candidate Jill Mortimer by 15,529 votes to Labour’s 8,589. A total of 143 council elections were held in England on Thursday, with around 5,000 seats up for grabs in local authorities ranging from shire county councils to metropolitan boroughs…

2. Britain dodges £150bn bill from Brussels ‘simply by leaving’ says German MEP

German MEP Gunnar Beck has claimed that Britain has saved £150bn already “simply by leaving” the EU. In a speech to the European Parliament last week the German MEP suggested the success of Brexit was “the beginning of the unravelling of the EU.” The MEP’s comments come as the eurozone slid into a double-dip recession in the first three months of 2021 and the EU’s output dropped due to strict coronavirus lockdown measures leaving the bloc lagging behind other major economies…

1.   Boris thanks party members for ‘historic gains across the country’

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has written to Conservative Party Members to say thank you for the “historic gains across the country.” With 133 out of 143 councils now declared, the Conservatives have gained 302 councillors and the Green Party have gained 70. The Liberal Democrats are now down 11 councillors and Labour have so far lost 257 council seats across the country.

In an email to all party members across the UK, the Prime Minister wrote:

Although we are still waiting for many results, it’s now clear we are seeing Conservatives make historic gains across the country.

So, I wanted to personally reach out and thank you for everything you’ve done as a member of our Party to make this happen.

Your support has made a real difference at this election, directly helping us to deliver an extraordinary set of results:

  • In Hartlepool, we have achieved a remarkable by-election victory in a seat held by Labour since its creation.
  • Across England, from Cornwall to Northumberland we have taken control of key councils.
  • In the Tees Valley, Ben Houchen has been re-elected with a landslide 72.8% of the vote.
  • In the West Midlands, Andy Street has achieved an historic second victory in the region.
  • In Wales, we have had our best ever Senedd result and gained the seats of Vale of Clwyd and Brecon and Radnorshire for the first time.
  • And in key regions like Cleveland and Derbyshire, we are gaining Police and Crime Commissioners as voters reject Labour.
  • None of these results would have been possible without your support so thank you once again.

Voters have made it clear that they want the focus to be on delivering their priorities and recovering from the pandemic.

And we will not take their trust for granted. With you behind us I know we will continue to deliver the positive change people have voted for and build back better.

Thank you for all your support.

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