GREAT BRITISH NEWS: Top 10 positive news stories from across the UK this week

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

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Here are our ten best read UK news stories from the last seven days (8th – 14th August):

10. Britishvolt confirms funding boost for £3.8 billion battery cell Gigaplant in North East creating over 8000 jobs

Battery technology pioneer Britishvolt has confirmed it is to receive funding from the UK Government to build a £3.8 billion advanced technology battery cell Gigaplant in Northumberland, one of the UK’s biggest-ever industrial investments and the largest in the North East of England since Nissan’s arrival in 1984. The British Gigaplant will create over 3,000 skilled direct jobs onsite at full production, plus a further +5,000 in the wider supplier chains… click here

9. British Army’s newest soldiers graduate in proud day at Army Foundation College

This week marked the successful completion of initial training for over 500 of the British Army’s newest soldiers in North Yorkshire. A crowd of around 4,000 family members and friends watched as the Junior Soldiers, who were all under the age of 18 when they joined up, marched off the parade square. The Army Foundation College in Harrogate, hosts arguably the most comprehensive basic soldier training in the world, tailored exclusively to Junior Soldiers, who are all under the age of 18 when they join up. Those who passed the long course will now attend training with the Infantry, Royal Armoured Corps, and the Driver trade of the Royal Logistic Corps… click here

8. Huge increase in lorry driving tests following government action

Official statistics released this week by the Department for Transport reveal the DVSA carried out 74% more lorry driving tests between 1 January 2022 and 31 March 2022 compared to pre-pandemic levels. 11,197 more lorry driving tests were carried out between 1 January 2022 and 31 March 2022 compared to the same period in 2020. The actions were part of the the government’s 33 actions taken to deal with the HGV driver shortage and protect the supply chain… click here

7. Boris pushes for UK-India trade deal to be completed by October

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said closing a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with India, the world’s sixth largest economy, will be a a major prize for the UK post-Brexit and hopes a deal will be in place by the end of October. The UK and India have now concluded the fifth round of talks for an agreement with both sides saying they will continue to work intensively throughout the summer to get the deal done. The PM has said he sees India as a crucial element of his “tilt to the Indo-Pacific,” part of a post-Brexit foreign policy that seeks to strengthen relations with democracies in the region… click here

6. NHS marks milestone in recovery plan as longest waits virtually eliminated

NHS staff are being praised for virtually eliminating the longest waits for scans, checks, surgical procedures and other routine treatment, the first milestone in the most ambitious catch-up plan in health service history. Health and Social Care Secretary Steve Barclay said: “Beating the COVID backlogs is one of my top priorities and the NHS has successfully delivered on the first major target in our Elective Recovery Plan. This is testament to NHS staff who have worked incredibly hard to get us here – despite the significant challenges.” Click here

5. Boris launches ‘Dame Barbara Windsor Dementia Mission’ and doubles research funding

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has launched a new national mission to tackle dementia and doubled research funding in memory of the late Dame Barbara Windsor. Dame Barbara’s husband, Scott Mitchell, met with the Prime Minister earlier this week at Downing Street. They discussed the significant suffering caused by dementia and the slow process of finding treatments and cures. In response, the Prime Minister has launched the ‘Dame Barbara Windsor Dementia Mission,’ in honour of Dame Barbara and the millions of other people and their loved ones who have had their lives ruined by dementia… click here

4. Britain to build ‘Hypersonic Air Vehicle’ to establish UK as leader in hypersonic technologies

The UK’s HVX programme will look to unlock innovative hypersonic technologies to enhance UK defence capabilities and be utilised by other high Mach/hypersonic applications, having synergy with space access and rapid point-to-point transportation. Building on the pioneering high-speed propulsion technologies and extensive research and development capabilities of the partners, the Hypersonic Air Vehicle Experimental Programme aims to establish the UK as a leader in reusable hypersonic air systems… click here

3. Rolls-Royce to deliver 523 mtu engines manufactured in UK for British Army

Rolls-Royce will deliver a total of 523 mtu Series 199 engines for the Boxer Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV) for the British Armed Forces. The engines will be assembled, acceptance-tested and painted in the UK. Boxer MIV for the British Army will be the first version of the vehicle equipped with Rolls-Royce’s mtu 8V 199 TE21 engine, delivering 600 KW, 70 KW more than the mtu engines in previous versions of the vehicle. mtu engines will power all Boxer vehicles on order for the British Army: The British government recently ordered 100 additional Boxer vehicles for the British Army… click here

2. Boris visits Airbus UK Factory following enormous order from China for 292 aircraft

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has visited Airbus UK Factory this week along with the Chancellor Nadhim Zahawi and Secretary of State for Wales Robert Buckland. The Prime Minister congratulated the Airbus’ wing assembly plant team in Broughton after the good news that four Chinese airlines were ordering 292 aircraft with a list price worth nearly £31 billion. Building on a proud 100-year British aviation heritage, Airbus is part of the very fabric of the UK. Its 12,500-strong UK workforce is part of a global family of 130,000 employees around the world… click here

1. Over 10,000 foreign national offenders and illegal entrants removed from the UK

Last month (July 2022), 243 foreign national offenders were removed from the UK on both charter and scheduled flights. In fact since January 2019 the UK has now removed 10,741 foreign national offenders (to year ending December 2021). With the Nationality and Borders Act in place, the Home Office says it has the tools and is working hard to deter illegal entry into the UK, break the business model of people-smuggling networks and speed up the removal of those with no right to be in the UK… click here

For last week’s Top Ten Great British news stories (1st – 7th August) click here.

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By Claire Bullivant


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5 COMMENTS

  1. I have voted but I am now seriously concerned about not only who I voted for but also the other candidate, rather have Boris back

  2. Perhaps Concervative party should realise the bulk of the people voted for Boris at the last election not just for the Concervative party. We want Boris to continue being PM Thank you

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