Major British investments, huge global contract wins, new factories built, new jobs created, world-leading innovation and export successes are being announced on a daily basis.

Of course the BBC and most other news outlets may not be interested in featuring these positive British news stories but we certainly are!

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 ten best read UK news stories from the last seven days (11th – 17th July):

10. British rocket company takes one big step towards orbital launch from UK soil with new rocket engine factory

UK rocket company Skyrora has taken another big step towards achieving an orbital rocket launch from British soil by opening a new manufacturing and production facility – the largest of its kind in the UK. After recently opening its engine test facility in Midlothian, this new facility in Cumbernauld allows the company to concentrate its launch development practices in custom-built domestic facilities, further strengthening Skyrora’s status as the leader in the UK space race… click here

9. Seven in ten young people in work four months after leaving government’s Kickstart Scheme

The Kickstart Awards this week come as the latest data shows that 7 out of 10 young people had earnings four months after their Kickstart job ended, showing its success in providing young people with the right skills to enter the labour market. Unemployment is now at an almost 50 year low, and when the Kickstart Scheme ended in March, youth unemployment was the lowest since records began… click here

8. Schools across the country to receive state of the art refurbishments

Sixty-one schools across the country are set to receive state of the art rebuilds or refurbishments that will transform education for their pupils. In his first announcement as Education Secretary, James Cleverly confirmed the investment to provide thousands of children access to new, modern classrooms as part of the Prime Minister’s flagship School Rebuilding Programme. The projects will be backed by over £1 billion of funding. Work to deliver the projects will start immediately. It will include updating and modernising buildings, and creating state of the art facilities such as new sports halls, music rooms… click here

7. £2.35 billion Typhoon upgrade sustains 1,300 British jobs

Typhoon fighter jets will be fitted with the world’s most advanced radar – part of a £2.35 billion investment at the Royal International Air Tattoo. The Typhoon programme continues to support more than 20,000 jobs throughout the UK. The latest investments, negotiated by Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S), sustain more than 1,300 jobs across the UK, including Leonardo UK’s sites in Edinburgh, Luton and Lincoln, BAE Systems at Warton and Samlesbury, Lancashire, Kent, Meggitt in Stevenage and II–VI in County Durham… click here

6. Boris visits Francis Crick Institute with £1 billion investment to recapture UK’s ‘science superpower’ status

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has visited the Francis Crick Institute this week where the Government has invested a further £1 billion over the next 7 years working with various other institutions to make the UK one of the world’s “science superpowers.” At The Francis Crick Institute, scientists are pushing the boundaries of discovery to fight human diseases – now helped on their mission by the additional £1 billion funding… click here

5. One in four families get first government Cost of Living Payment

Almost one in four families across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will get £326 sent directly to them from this week, with the second instalment of £324 sent later this year as part of the government’s £37 billion support package. Over eight million households on means-tested benefits will automatically get the first instalment of £326 from this month. This means that, combined with other support, millions of low-income households across the UK will receive at least £1,200 from the government by Christmas to ease Cost of Living pressures… click here

4. Sheffield Forgemasters set to build new facility in South Yorkshire as part of £400 million investment

Sheffield Forgemasters is set to build a new 144,000 sq ft facility at its South Yorkshire site to house a new 13,000-tonne forging press as part of a £400 million investment programme. Sheffield Forgemasters is now capable of producing the largest and most technically challenging cast and forged steel components in the world. The development will deliver significant investment in the local economy and secure over 600 skilled jobs while laying the foundation for future investment to allow further modernisation of Sheffield Forgemasters’ facilities…. click here

3. UK economy bouncing back with healthy 3.5% growth whereas EU still below pre-Covid levels

New figures from the Office of National Statistics show the UK growth in the 12 months to May 2022 was a very healthy 3.5%. The latest figures also show UK GDP rose by 0.5% in May, beating all analysts’ predictions. The UK’s GDP rose in all three key areas: services, manufacturing and construction with the newest figures showing the UK economy is now well above pre-pandemic levels. This is in contrast to the EU economy which is still well below pre-Covid levels… click here

2. Foreign criminals removed from UK to Albania

On Thursday the UK Government removed 23 foreign criminals on a charter flight to Albania. Two individuals who entered the UK illegally were also swiftly removed after they were first encountered by Immigration Enforcement in the past few weeks. Home Secretary Priti Patel said: “The British public should be in no doubt of my determination to remove them by all available means to make our streets safer. Our new Nationality and Borders Act will help end the cycle of last-minute claims and appeals that can delay removals. We are continuing to remove foreign criminals and those with no right to be here, as the public rightly expects”… click here

1. Move over Maverick: Boris feels the need, the need for speed in RAF Typhoon

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has visited RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire this week for a behind the scenes look at one of the RAF’s two Quick Reaction Alert Stations which protect UK airspace. The Royal Air Force base is home to two frontline, combat-ready squadrons and the training station for RAF Typhoon pilots. The Prime Minister was given a demonstration in a Eurofighter Typhoon, the world’s most powerful and reliable swing-role combat aircraft which can fly at more than twice the speed of sound… click here

For last week’s Top Ten Great British news stories (4th – 10th July) click here.

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By Claire Bullivant

Main Photo: Prime Minister Boris Johnson visits RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire to be given a demonstration of the Typhoon fighter jet. Picture by Andrew Parsons / No 10 Downing Street

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