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 (who will be back!) and many other things to be proud of. 

Here are our ten best read UK news stories from the last seven days (29th August – 4th September):

10. Jacob Rees-Mogg commits to further £2 billion of property savings to ‘return money to the taxpayer’

More than £2 billion in savings will be realised from property sales and efficiencies, Minister Jacob Rees-Mogg has announced. The savings are part of the new Government Property Strategy, which has been published this week. As part of the plans, the government will sell £1.5 billion of property assets over the next three years as projects such as the Government Hubs programme sees government staff consolidated into fewer buildings. £500 million of savings will also be made by reducing operating costs, using modern building materials and energy sources… click here

9. Fast-track planning route to speed up UK’s major infrastructure projects

Major infrastructure projects such road improvements and offshore wind farms will be delivered more quickly through a new fast-track planning route, the Secretary of State for Levelling Up Greg Clark announced this week. New powers will mean shorter deadlines can be set for examinations of Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects – speeding up decisions and getting projects built more quickly. The relevant Secretary of the State – for example for Energy, Transport, Environment or Levelling Up – will decide whether to put the shorter deadline in place… click here

8. England has one of the lowest rough sleeping rates in the world thanks to government strategy

England now has one of the lowest rough sleeping rates in the world thanks to significant action taken by the government, which has driven a 43% drop in rough sleeping since 2019 and rough sleeping has fallen to an 8-year low. However, even more people living on the streets will soon be given tailored support to rebuild their lives under further government plans set out this week. The Rough Sleeping Strategy is backed by £2 billion and builds on the significant action already taken by the government… click here

7. New Freeport in Wales will deliver regeneration and high quality jobs

The UK and Welsh Governments have today set out their shared ambitions for a new Freeport Programme in Wales as bidding opens for the innovative new site. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “It is fantastic to mark this first step in opening up this tremendous opportunity for the people of Wales to reap the rewards of a Freeport – from Porthcawl to Prestatyn. Freeports have the potential to place rocket boosters under communities with their huge power in driving, harnessing and delivering tangible growth…” Click here

6. ‘From Sherbourne to Stirling, lightning-fast broadband is levelling up towns and villages across the country’ says Boris

In just three years the government have increased the coverage of gigabit broadband from seven per cent of households to 70%. Prime Minister Boris Johnson visited North Dorset this week to see plans and preparations for how more than 7,000 hard-to-reach premises struggling with slow speeds will be connected under a £6 million contract awarded by the government to Wessex Internet. The PM’s visit It comes as work kicks off on the first major contract under the government’s £5 billion Project Gigabit – the biggest broadband roll out in British history… click here

5. MADE IN BRITAIN: World’s most advanced submarine built by BAE Systems

HMS Anson – the most advanced submarine ever built by BAE Systems has been commissioned into the Royal Navy this week. The latest Astute class submarine HMS Anson, was officially commissioned into the Royal Navy during a ceremony at BAE Systems’ site in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria on Wednesday. At 97 metres long and with a displacement of 7,800 tonnes, the nuclear-powered submarine is the fifth of seven in the Astute class… click here

4. Huge investment for UK’s first large-scale green hydrogen production facility creating 1400 jobs

Associated British Ports and Air Products are set to build the UK’s first large-scale green hydrogen production facility at the Port of Immingham. The project will bring up to £4 billion in growth and financial benefits to the region and provide 1,400 direct jobs and approximately 1,600 indirect jobs for supply chains and local businesses. The facility will import green ammonia from production locations operated by Air Products and its partners around the world… click here

3. 7,638 foreign criminals and illegal entrants removed from UK so far this year and counting

The UK has removed 7,638 people since January 1, including 1,995 foreign national offenders. The Nationality and Borders Act will further deter illegal entry into the UK, breaking the business model of people-smuggling networks and speed up the removal of those with no right to be in the UK. This week, on Thursday (1 September) the UK government removed a total of 32 foreign criminals and immigration offenders on a charter flight to Albania. Offenders removed had received combined prison sentences of more than 87 years… click here

2. ‘I say go nuclear and go large’ says Boris in rousing energy speech at Sizewell

Prime Minister Boris Johnson made a speech at Sizewell on the future of energy this week. The Prime Minister pledged £700 million for a new nuclear power plant on the Suffolk coast, with a call to “go nuclear and go large and go with Sizewell C.” In his rousing speech, the PM said he was “confident” the plant would go ahead creating tens of thousands of jobs and “powering six million homes – that is roughly a fifth of all the homes in the UK.” Click here

1. BREXIT BONANZA: UK trade deals outside of EU now worth over £240 billion per year

New research has revealed the UK has secured billions of pounds worth of trade with countries outside the EU since Brexit. The report shows the UK has secured £240 billion worth of trade per year (63.2% of the UK’s total trade) since leaving the bloc and now has 71 non-EU trade deals in place in addition to the 27 with EU member states. Prime Minister, Boris Johnson said: “AFTER OUR DEPARTURE FROM THE EU WE ARE FORGING NEW PARTNERSHIPS THAT WILL BRING ENORMOUS ECONOMIC BENEFITS FOR THE PEOPLE OF BRITAIN…” Click here

For last week’s Top Ten Great British news stories (22nd – 28th August) click here.

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By Claire Bullivant

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