What a wonderful week it’s been across the nation (30th May – 5th June 2022).

No-one does pomp and pageantry like the Brits and what a show we’ve all been treated to this week.

With our fantastic royals on full show, our impeccable military leading the charge, a rock concert at the palace, a parade to top all parades and residents partying in the streets, the UK has shone it’s glorious light across the world celebrating our magnificent Queen’s 70 years on the throne.

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, positive policy making, our brilliant Prime Minister, our wonderful royals and our glorious Queen… so many things to be proud of.

Here are our ten best read UK news stories from the last seven days (30th May – 5th June):

10. Platinum Jubilee celebrations around the world

In Switzerland, British Embassy staff have been working with world famous light artist Gerry Hofsetter to project a Platinum Jubilee light display onto 4 Bernese Alps mountains, including the majestic 3,967 metre high Eiger. The massive image of the Jubilee Crown emblem and a silhouette of HM The Queen has been submitted to the Guinness Book of World Records as the ‘largest light art composition’ the world has ever seen. In Chile, two companies of the Chilean Fire Service are celebrating its historic links with the UK by branding fire engines in Valparaíso and Santiago with the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee emblem, while the logo also decorates the fire station in Valparaíso… click here

9. Much loved British motoring icon MOKE delivers first all-electric cars made in the UK

The first ever, genuine, full-speed Electric MOKE vehicles rolled off the UK production line last week, ready to be delivered to customers in the UK for summer. The British motoring icon announced in 2020 full production of all MOKE vehicles were returning to the United Kingdom – the home of the MOKE brand. Today all MOKEs are built at a state-of-the-art facility in Northamptonshire operated by the British automotive manufacturing services company, Fablink Group… click here

8. Thousands of British prisoners trained to become cooks

The number of Clink Kitchens, training prisoners for jobs in hospitality, has quadrupled since September 2021 as part of the government’s drive to reduce reoffending and make our streets safer. The target-smashing result has been celebrated by the Deputy Prime Minister and staff at a Platinum Jubilee-themed afternoon tea hosted by serving prisoners on the cooking scheme. It was prepared at one of the country’s newest Clink Kitchens at HMP Exeter which opened in March. The innovative scheme trains up offenders in catering so they can find work on release and turn their backs on crime for good… click here

7. 350 EU rules to be ditched for small and medium businesses driving economic growth

The Procurement Bill, which was debated at Second Reading in the Lords, is now expected to become law next year. The Bill will tear up hundreds of complicated and bureaucratic EU rules and replace them with a single, simple and flexible framework for securing public sector contracts. The reforms will slash costs and make it easier for businesses bidding for contracts, particularly smaller companies with less experience of procurement processes. This will result in more SMEs benefiting from contracts for everything from catering for public buildings to digital services and infrastructure projects… click here

6. Britishvolt to build £200 million West Midlands scale up facility creating UK ‘battery corridor’

Britishvolt has partnered with logistics real estate operator Prologis to build a UK battery cell scale-up facilities in the West Midlands. With a budget exceeding £200 million, the plan looks to create upwards of 150 highly skilled, well-paid jobs; unifying the Britishvolt Northumberland Gigaplant with a centrally located scale-up/technology hub. The “Battery Corridor” concept enhances the UK’s existing battery ecosystem and powers the country ahead in the next industrial revolution. New facilities, based at Prologis Park Hams Hall, are net zero carbon in construction and will achieve an EPC A Rating in operation… click here

5. Crowning glory: Crown symbol pint glasses making a comeback as nation celebrates the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

Post-Brexit plans to return the Crown symbol to pint glasses and to remove the EU ban on imperial measures have been set out this week. In a tribute to Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, new government guidance published this week will help businesses apply the Crown symbol to pint glasses. As long ago as 1698, British pint glasses intended for measuring and serving beer were marked with a crown stamp as a declaration that the glass, when filled to the brim or to a line measure, accurately measured a pint of beer… click here

4. Boris hosts Five Eyes Chiefs of Defence in London

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been hosting the Chiefs of Defence from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United States over three days of events in London. The Prime Minister and UK Chief of the Defence Staff Admiral Sir Tony Radakin welcomed the Five Eyes intelligence alliance this week to discuss areas of mutual defence and security interest and to attend Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations. The senior military leaders, who meet twice a year, attended the Queen’s Birthday Parade, including the Trooping of the Colour by the 1st Battalion Irish Guards and the flypast over Buckingham Palace by aircraft from the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force… click here

3. Armed Forces launch Platinum Jubilee weekend

More than 1,400 soldiers and 250 horses from the British Army’s Household Division took part in the Trooping of the Colour in front of 7,500 ticketed spectators on Horse Guards Parade and another 7,000 at the Queen Victoria Memorial in London. The Queen’s Birthday Parade is the epitome of ceremonial precision and pageantry but this year it has a special resonance because it marks the Platinum Jubilee, celebrating 70 years of loyal service to Her Majesty The Queen. Swords, medals, buttons and breast plates shone while horses and soldiers carried out complex battlefield drill manoeuvres to a spectacular, specially composed programme of music… click here

2. Happy and Glorious: Platinum Jubilee weekend launched with Queen’s spectacular birthday parade and flypast

This year the honour to Troop their Colour fell to the Irish Guards and every detail was designed to delight and impress. The Queen appeared on the Buckingham Palace balcony to watch troops returning from the official Trooping of the Colour ceremony. Then Her Majesty was joined by her family for the spectacular air show where 70 aircraft from the Royal Air Force, Royal Navy and Army made their way towards Buckingham Palace for a flypast. A crown pleasing moment occurred when a special formation of 15 Typhoons spelt out “70” to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee… click here

1. Queen’s Jubilee surprise… and what she really keeps in her handbag finally revealed

The Queen took the world by surprise on Saturday as she shared afternoon tea with Paddington Bear in a two-and-a-half-minute film that opened the Party at the Palace event for her Platinum Jubilee. Being unable to attend the Saturday night concert at Buckingham Palace, the Queen still took centre stage after agreeing to make a rare foray into a sketch with Britain’s favourite bear to open the show – a surprise that even some of her immediate family didn’t know about. The short film touched the hearts of viewers across the world as the duffle-coat wearing bear congratulates the Queen on her remarkable reign and says: “Happy Jubilee Ma’am. And thank you for everything”… click here

God Save the Queen.

For last week’s Top Ten Great British news stories (23rd – 29th May) click here.

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By Claire Bullivant


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