Once again there’s been plenty of positive British news this week (9th – 15th 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 (9th – 15th May):

10. Boris backs £26 million deal to establish new Freeport in Wales

An agreement has been reached this week between the UK and Welsh governments to collaborate and deliver a new Freeport in Wales. Backed by millions in UK government funding, the Freeport will support the regeneration of communities in Wales by attracting new businesses, jobs and investment, as well as growing the Welsh economy. Freeports are hubs for international trade, innovation and commerce, regenerating communities by attracting new businesses, spreading jobs, investment and opportunity to towns and cities across the UK… click here

9. British rocket manufacturer unveils Europe’s first full-scale microlauncher and world’s greenest rocket

British rocket manufacturer Orbex Space has unveiled the first full-scale prototype of the Prime orbital space rocket on its dedicated launch pad publicly for the first time. The UK already has a thriving space sector, employing 47,000 people and generating an income of £16.5 billion. The government’s National Space Strategy set out plans for the UK to be the leading country in Europe to offer small satellite manufacturers a direct end to end route to launch, building on our leading small satellite industry… click here

8. New Bill to end the blight of empty shops on the high street and level up the nation

The government has this week introduced plans to transform struggling towns and cities, supporting local leaders to take back control of regeneration, ending the blight of empty shops on their high streets and delivering the quality homes that communities need. The Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill will enshrine in law the government’s commitment to long-term missions to spread opportunity, drive productivity and boost local pride in every corner of the country… click here

7. Rolls-Royce to launch UK Nuclear Skills Academy with 2000 new apprenticeships over next decade

As part of its drive to boost nuclear capability in the UK and to create a pipeline for nurturing talent right at the start of their careers, Rolls-Royce Submarines is to launch a new skills academy dedicated to nuclear training in Derby. Rolls-Royce Submarines has committed to 200 new apprenticeships every year for at least the next ten years starting in September 2022. Based in Derby, the new Nuclear Skills Academy will be supported by industry and education experts… click here

6. Raab’s new airport-style security in prisons sees record level of drug busts

Tougher airport-style security rolled out across the prison estate in England and Wales has intercepted almost 20,000 attempts to smuggle illegal contraband behind bars. Over the last two years, more than 70 cutting-edge X-ray body scanners have been installed in all closed male prisons, producing super sharp images of concealed contraband so staff can easily find and stop dangerous items from entering jails. These scanners have thwarted almost 20,000 attempts to smuggle contraband… click here

5. Made in Britain: New Aston Martin SUV driving economic growth and creating jobs in Wales

Aston Martin DBX707, the world’s most powerful luxury SUV, has begun to roar off the assembly line this week at the British marque’s St Athan plant in Wales. The new model is set to be exported to more than 50 countries around the world and more than 100 new skilled automotive technicians have been recruited by Aston Martin at St Athan to support the ramp-up of DBX707 production, with the DBX model the first Welsh-built production car for almost 50 years… click here

4. Great British Nuclear Fund to secure UK’s energy independence and boost cutting-edge projects

A £120 million government fund designed to unlock and accelerate new nuclear technologies while encouraging new players into the market opened this week. The Future Nuclear Enabling Fund will help to realise the government’s ambition to approve 8 new reactors by 2030, as committed to in the British Energy Security Strategy in April. Energy Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said: “Our new £120 million fund will push forward our plan to deploy a new fleet of nuclear power stations as part of a British nuclear renaissance”… click here

3. ‘Delivering on key Brexit benefit’ new bill enables implementation of free trade deals with Australia and New Zealand

The UK government has this week introduced a bill which will help to bring into force its first independently negotiated Free Trade Agreements in more than 50 years. International Trade Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan said: “I am excited to see the UK implement its first ‘from scratch’ Free Trade Agreements in over 50 years and deliver on a key Brexit benefit – having our own independent trade policy. This Bill will enable us to export our world-class goods and services and bring high-quality imports at reduced rates for British customers”… click here

2. More than £2 billion to boost UK submarine programme

Defence contracts worth more than £2 billion have been awarded to BAE Systems and Rolls-Royce to begin the third major phase of the future submarine nuclear deterrent programme – Dreadnought. With the overall programme supporting around 30,000 jobs across the UK, from design through to build, Delivery Phase 3 (DP3) represents the most significant stage of the Dreadnought programme so far. In 2021 alone, it supported around 13,500 jobs in the Northwest of England and a further 16,300 over the rest of the UK, making a significant contribution to the Government’s levelling-up agenda… click here

1. Boris hosts Spring Showcase at Downing Street to promote best of British business

Prime Minister Boris Johnson hosted a Spring Showcase at Downing Street this week to fly the flag for British food and consumer goods and showcase small independent businesses who are exporting their goods internationally. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “Putting the best of British business on the global market is a vital part of growing our economy – with exports bringing £640.3 billion last year alone. Every corner of the UK is filled with exceptionally talented businesses and I’m delighted that today we have been able to showcase some of the best of what this country has to offer”… click here

For last week’s Top Ten Great British news stories (2nd – 8th May) click here.

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By Claire Bullivant


Main photo: Prime Minister Boris Johnson attends the Spring Showcase event in 10 Downing Street to view stalls displaying the best of British Business. Picture by Simon Dawson / No 10 Downing Street

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