Once again there’s been plenty of positive British news this week (25th April – 1st May).
Of course you might not hear about many of these good news items on the BBC or most other news outlets, but remember positive things are happening across the country.
Keep checking in with the Conservative Post to see good news every day – the resurgence of British manufacturing, how our military is flying the flag across the world, positive policy making, our wonderful royals, our fantastic Prime Minister and many other things to be proud of.
Here are our best read UK news stories from the last seven days (25th April – 1st May):
A bill to scrap the EU’s Vnuk motor insurance law has passed through Parliament this week and will go on to receive royal assent to confirm changes in the law. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “Sacking this nonsensical EU rule will protect the pockets of hard-working British people as we continue to help ease cost of living pressures.This is another Brexit win and I’m delighted this bill has rightfully passed through Parliament, saving billions of pounds of additional insurance costs and protecting our world-leading motorsports sector”… click here
Protections for animals were boosted this week as pieces of legislation banning the use of cruel glue traps and introducing fines for people who fail to provide the proper levels of care to their pets, zoo animals and livestock became law. The Glue Traps (Offences) Act bans the use of inhumane glue traps which are a widely available method of rodent control but can cause immense suffering. Animals can remain alive for 24 hours or more, eventually dying of stress, exhaustion, dehydration or self-inflicted injuries… click here
8. Made in UK: British marque Bentley creates 100 engineering jobs to support new electric vehicle programme
British marque Bentley sold a record 14,659 cars last year and has recently announced plans to invest £2.5 billion transforming its Crewe plant in Cheshire. Bentley Motors is the most sought-after luxury car brand in the world. The company’s headquarters in Crewe employs over 4,000 people and is home to all of its operations including design, R&D, engineering and production of the company’s three model lines, Continental, Flying Spur and Bentayga… click here
Deputy Prime Minister, Dominic Raab has announced more dangerous and influential terrorists will be separated in specialist units to thwart the spread of their poisonous ideology. Dominic Raab said: “The threat from terrorism is evolving, so our response must adapt. We are going to take a more decisive approach in our prisons, not allowing cultural and religious sensitivities to deter us from nipping in the bud early signs of terrorist risk. We will isolate more of the most radical terrorists in separation centres, and our Bill of Rights will prevent terrorists using the Human Rights Act to claim a ‘right to socialise’ in prison”… click here
The UK’s main contribution to the James Webb Space Telescope, the Mid-Infrared Instrument (MIRI), has now opened its eye to the sky. NASA has confirmed that the telescope alignment is complete using the measurements from all four of the science instruments. Professor Mark Thomson, STFC Executive Chair, said: “This is a remarkable achievement for the hardworking scientists and engineers who have worked tirelessly to get to this point. MIRI is an incredible feat of engineering. Watching MIRI come to life is inspiring, and is a testament to the talent of the UK teams involved”… click here
The UK has this week kickstarted work for a new enhanced trade deal with Switzerland, after Prime Minister Boris Johnson hosted Swiss President Ignazio Cassis for bilateral talks in London. The enhanced deal aims to boost two-way trade between two of the world’s biggest services superpowers through measures including breaking down barriers and opening up access for U.K. firms to the Swiss market. Trade Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan said: “A new enhanced trade agreement with Switzerland is a huge opportunity to liberalise trade with our 10th largest trading partner and unlock new opportunities for our world-leading services sector”… click here
Babcock International has officially started the construction of HMS Venturer, the UK Royal Navy’s first of five Inspiration-class Type 31 frigates. The British engineering giant recently announced plans to create a further 500 jobs to support the £1.25 billion frigate programme. The investment is also expected to support nearly 2,500 jobs through the UK supply chain and at Babcock’s facility, along with 150 additional apprenticeships. The new type 31 frigates will be at the heart of the Royal Navy’s surface fleet, deterring aggression and maintaining the security of the UK’s interests… click here
Around 8,000 British Army troops will conduct a series of planned exercises across Europe this summer in one of the largest deployments since the Cold War. Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said: “The security of Europe has never been more important. These exercises will see our troops join forces with allies and partners across NATO and the Joint Expeditionary Force in a show of solidarity and strength in one of the largest shared deployments since the Cold War. Operating across Europe, the British Army will stand alongside partners, combining our capabilities and shared values, promoting peace and security”… click here
Voters across the UK will benefit from greater protection against election fraud, more support for disabled people at the polling booth, and measures to prevent intimidation at the ballot box, as the Elections Bill receives Royal Assent this week. Minister for Equalities and Levelling Up Communities Kemi Badenoch MP: “It is paramount we protect the integrity of our ballot, so our elections remain secure for generations to come. Royal Assent now means we can eliminate election fraud and make elections more inclusive, ensuring that everyone who is eligible to vote will continue to have the opportunity to do so”… click here
Migrants who have spent months waiting to make the perilous Channel crossing to Britain are now saying they will stay in France amid Britain’s plan to send asylum seekers for processing in Rwanda. A few weeks ago the UK government set out bold new plans to tackle illegal migration, control Britain’s borders and crack down on the criminal gangs exploiting this international crisis. Central to this is a world-first Migration and Economic Development Partnership signed with Rwanda which will see migrants who make dangerous or illegal journeys, such as by small boat or hidden in lorries, have their asylum claim now processed in Rwanda… click here
For last week’s Top Ten Great British news stories (18th – 24th April) click here.
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By Claire Bullivant
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