Some of our best read stories this week are significant wins for the Prime Minister.

Sir Keir Starmer was forced to withdraw his incorrect claims against Boris this week and a leading barrister has come out in defence of the Prime Minister saying Downing Street was actually exempt from any lockdown regulations as it’s on Crown land.

Hmmm… perhaps those Met Police fines shouldn’t have been given after all? And perhaps Sir Keir’s beer photo should be reexamined. Was Sir Keir also on crown land in Durham? MP Richard Holden has written to to Durham’s Chief Constable urging her to look again at the evidence and Barrister Steven Barrett has been doing the rounds explaining how Boris legally couldn’t have misled Parliament.

Plus there’s a huge resurgence of British manufacturing happening up and down the country, our military is flying the flag across the world, positive policy making is in abundance, our wonderful Queen celebrated her 96th birthday this week… lots of positive things are happening across the country.

Keep checking in with the Conservative Post to see good news every day. Here are our best read UK news stories from the last seven days (18th – 24th April):

10. Made in Britain: £100 million investment into iconic British motorcycle marque

Norton Motorcycle’s parent company TVS Motor has announced plans to invest £100 million in the historic British marque. The investment includes a recently opened factory in Solihull, electrification and the imminent launch of the re-engineered V4SV and 961 Commando. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “I’m very pleased that TVS Motor Company has decided to join the legions of Indian companies investing in the UK, boosting our future mobility sector and driving economic growth”… click here

9. Early lung cancer diagnosis using NHS mobile trucks saving lives across the country

People are being diagnosed with lung cancer earlier through NHS mobile trucks, as part of the biggest programme to improve early lung cancer diagnosis in health service history. Thanks to NHS teams who are making it even easier for people to get a Lung MOT in travelling trucks visiting different areas across the country. The community initiative, part of the NHS Targeted Lung Health Check Programme, has seen more than three quarters (77%) of cancers caught at either stage one or two, giving patients a much better chance of beating the illness… click here

8. Sweet! British confectionery giant expanding with new production facility to meet increasing demand

British confectionery manufacturer Swizzels Matlow, best known for their Love Hearts, Parma Violets, Refresher Bars and Drumsticks, are building a huge new 158,000 sq ft production facility in Middlewich, Cheshire. One of the longest running sweet factories in the world, the company runs a 24-hour operation and produces over one million sweets per day, exporting to more than 20 countries across the globe. The new production facility will be an enormous 158,000 ft2 and bring large business growth and jobs to the area… click here

7. Over one million half price rail tickets in first ever Great British Rail Sale

Over one million rail tickets will be slashed by up to 50% as the government and rail industry launch the first-of-its-kind Great British Rail Sale. The public is encouraged to take advantage of this unprecedented sale, which sees for the first time multiple operators come together to offer nationwide savings. Cutting the cost of rail travel will help ease some of the pressure on family finances at a time when inflation is rising around the world. It will also encourage people to visit different places, connect with friends and loved ones, and get out and about around the country… click here

6. Made in Britain: UK’s largest stove maker Stovax & Gazco’s huge new £20 million factory takes shape

After unprecedented growth and increased global demand, the UK’s largest stove and fireplace manufacturer Stovax & Gazco will be moving into a brand new £20 million factory when it opens this summer. The company currently exports its British-made appliances to over 25 countries and will be moving more than 300 people into their new state of the art, purpose-built facility at Skypark, Exeter. Spanning over 100 acres, Skypark has been dubbed Exeter’s new generation of Business Park… click here

5. New UK internet laws to protect children and uphold free speech

Tough new internet laws to protect young people, uphold free speech and make sure there are no safe spaces for criminals online returned to Parliament for their second reading this week. Digital Secretary Nadine Dorries said: “Our groundbreaking Online Safety Bill will make the UK the safest place to surf the web. It has been significantly strengthened following a lengthy period of engagement with people in politics, wider society and industry. We want to arm everyone with the skills to navigate the internet safely, so today we’re also announcing a funding boost and plans for experts to join forces with the government to help people spot dodgy information online”… click here

4. UK secures major new deal with Indonesia to turbocharge trade, tech and security ties

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss has this week launched a major new agreement with Indonesia, to turbocharge trade, tech and security ties. The agreement will also support a free and open Indo-Pacific, as well as enhance collaboration on investment in sustainable infrastructure projects and industries of the future, like electric vehicles and green technology. Foreign Secretary, Liz Truss said: “Indonesia is the world’s fourth most populous country, a strong democracy with a vibrant economy and a vital part of our efforts to defend freedom, peace and stability. Deeper ties are a win-win, delivering jobs and opportunities for British people while ensuring an open, secure and prosperous Indo-Pacific”… click here

3. Starmer forced to withdraw incorrect claims against Boris

Sir Keir Starmer was forced to withdraw accusations he made that Prime Minister Boris Johnson had been critical of BBC journalists over their coverage of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine this week. The Labour leader used Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday to incorrectly accuse Mr Johnson of slandering the broadcaster’s journalists who are risking their lives to report the conflict. Afterwards the leader of the Conservatives Oliver Dowden demanded the Labour leader retract his comments and apologise to the Prime Minister, Sir Keir said he would indeed withdraw the claims following updated information from the Government… click here

2. Boris announces £1 billion new commercial deals creating 11,000 UK jobs on landmark visit to India

The Prime Minister used his visit to India this week to boost Britain’s collaboration with one of the world’s fastest growing economies, slashing trade barriers for UK businesses and driving jobs and growth at home. UK and Indian businesses have confirmed more than £1 billion in new investments and export deals this week in areas from software engineering to health, creating almost 11,000 jobs across the UK. Work is already progressing on cutting red tape for businesses following the UK-India Enhanced Trade Partnership launched by both Prime Ministers last year… click here

1. Partygate: Boris didn’t mislead parliament says leading barrister

A top barrister has come forward to say Prime Minister Boris Johnson “did not lie to the House of Commons.” Writing in the Spectator, Steven Barrett a leading barrister at Radcliffe Chambers who read law at Oxford and taught law at Cambridge has said “the PM did not lie to the House of Commons.” Barrister Barrett previously hit the headlines last year when he highlighted government legislation which showed Covid regulations actually never applied to Downing Street at the time of the alleged “partygate” get togethers… click here

For last week’s Top Ten Great British news stories (11th – 17th April) click here.

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