Once again there’s been plenty of positive British news this week (23rd – 29th 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 (23rd – 29th May):
10. £10 billion Qatari ‘vote of confidence’ in the UK as Britain and Qatar sign new partnership deal
The UK and Qatar signed a new Strategic Investment Partnership (SIP) which will see Qatar invest up to £10 billion over the next five years in key sectors of the UK economy, including fintech, zero emissions vehicles, life sciences and cyber security. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “[The] announcement of up to £10 billion in new investment from our Qatari friends is another vote of confidence in the UK’s brilliant businesses and cutting-edge industry. The new UK-Qatar Strategic Investment Partnership will create quality job opportunities across the country in key sectors, delivering on our vision of economic growth through trade and investment”… Click here
The north-west has become a strategic part of the UK multi-billion pound space sector, with the formal launch of a dedicated North West Space Cluster. Led by the Science and Technology Facilities Council, alongside a consortium of key regional, national and international partners, the North West Space Cluster will also bring multiple benefits to the region. The space industry has trebled in size since 2010, generating an annual income of £16.5 billion… Click here
8. New legislation will make UK best place in the world to invest in agri-food research and innovation
Legislation to cut red tape and support the development of innovative tech to grow more resistant, more nutritious, and more productive crops was introduced in Parliament this week. Outside of the EU and free to set rules that work in the best interest of the UK, this Bill will enable the development and marketing of precision bred plants and animals which will drive economic growth and attract investment into agri-food research and innovation in the UK. Environment Secretary, George Eustice, said: “The UK has some incredible academic centres of excellence and they are poised to lead the way” … Click here
Airbus is strengthening its presence in the UK with the launch of a Zero Emission Development Centre for hydrogen technologies. A priority for the centre will be the development of a cost-competitive cryogenic fuel system required for the successful entry-into-service of Airbus’ ZEROe passenger aircraft by 2035 and to accelerate UK skills and know-how on hydrogen-propulsion technologies. With this new facility, Airbus reaffirms its long-term commitment to remain a major player in Britain’s world-leading aerospace ecosystem… Click here
Leading UK bus manufacturer Wrightbus has announced a second international zero-emission bus deal in a fortnight that will see it ship dozens of clean buses to Europe. Wrightbus has signed a deal with German Bus operator RVK to supply up to 60 Kite Hydroliner single deck buses over the next two years. All of the buses will be fully built at the Wrightbus factory in Ballymena, supporting green jobs and the wider Northern Ireland economy. This order comes hot on the heels of a landmark deal with Australian bus body builder Volgren to supply hydrogen power trains that could open up a significant export market in the country… Click here
Defence Secretary and Shipbuilding Tsar Ben Wallace met with three shipbuilding giants this week to discuss how closer working between the government and British industry is helping Britain’s shipbuilding sector maximise its potential. His visit follows the refreshed National Shipbuilding Strategy, published in March, which set out more than £4 billion of government investment for the shipbuilding sector over the next three years, with a 30-year pipeline of more than 150 naval and commercial vessels. The shipbuilding industry is supporting around 42,600 jobs across the country… Click here
Over 347,000 unemployed people on benefits have found work in just four months through the government’s Way to Work campaign – an ambitious national push to get half a million more people into jobs by the end of June. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “I was only ten years old when unemployment was last this low. But with a vast number of vacancies in the jobs market, it is more critical than ever to access the huge pool of untapped talent in towns and cities right across the country, which is why I am thrilled with the progress we have made with the Way to Work scheme”… Click here
British manufacturers have reported the joint-strongest growth in orders since records began and the fastest increase in output since July according to the latest CBI industrial trends survey. UK manufacturing output grew at its fastest pace in ten months over the quarter to May. The survey, based on the responses of 249 manufacturers, found manufacturing output growth picked up in the three months to May (balance of +30 from +19% in the three months to April), with output increasing at the fastest rate since the three months to July 2021… Click here
Boris Johnson’s post-Brexit Britain has been given a major boost this week as the UK signed its first US state-level trade and economic development Memorandum of Understanding with Indiana. The MoU creates a framework to remove barriers to trade and investment, paving the way for UK and Indianan businesses to invest, export, expand and create jobs. Since leaving the European Union in January 2020, Britain has sought to define a new independent trade policy, keen to cast itself as defender of free trade and eager to drive manufacturing growth by promoting exports of premium ‘Made in Britain’ products… Click here
Millions of households across the UK will benefit from a new £15 billion package of targeted government support to help with the rising cost of living, the Chancellor announced this week. The significant intervention includes a new, one-off £650 payment to more than 8 million low-income households on Universal Credit, Tax Credits, Pension Credit and legacy benefits, with separate one-off payments of £300 to pensioner households and £150 to individuals receiving disability benefits – groups who are most vulnerable to rising prices… Click here
For last week’s Top Ten Great British news stories (16th-22nd May) click here.
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By Claire Bullivant
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