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

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Of course most of the doom and gloom mainstream media may not be interested in featuring any positive British news stories, but we certainly are.

Here are our 20 best read and most shared positive news stories from this week (13th – 19th March 2023):

20. £83 million investment for UK’s new cutting-edge surveillance fleet at RAF Lossiemouth

Scottish business McLaughlin & Harvey Construction Limited have been awarded a contract to build a new facility ready for the arrival of the UK E-7 Wedgetail fleet at RAF Lossiemouth. The new cutting-edge surveillance fleet will be housed in infrastructure at the Scottish base sitting alongside the recently completed Atlantic Building, from which the UK’s fleet of nine Poseidon MRA Mk1 aircraft already operate… click here

19. Raab announces tougher sentences for domestic killers

Domestic abusers who kill their partners or ex-partners will receive tougher sentences under government plans published this week. The law will be changed so a history of coercive or controlling behaviour against the victim or the use of excessive or gratuitous violence are made aggravating factors in sentencing decisions for murder. It means these violent and controlling criminals will face more time behind bars, as judges must consider longer jail terms for their abuse and aggression…. click here

18. The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery declared ‘fit to represent the nation’

The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery has been declared “fit to represent the nation” following their annual inspection this week in Woolwich. Major General Christopher Ghika, General Officer Commanding The Household Division and chief arbiter of ceremonial excellence in the British Army conducted the thorough inspection.  Following the inspection, the horses and riders put on a demonstration of their world-famous Musical Drive accompanied by the Band of the Grenadier Guards… click here

17. UK builds on existing world-leading standards with compulsory microchipping for cats

New legislation to introduce compulsory cat microchipping is being laid in Parliament this week, making it easier for lost or stray pet cats to be reunited with their owners and returned home safely. The government say this commitment to microchipping is part of their wider effort to build on the UK’s existing world-leading standards. There are over nine million pet cats in England, with as many as 2.3 million unchipped… click here

16. £10 million to fast-track UK patient access to cutting-edge medical products

Ten million pounds has been awarded to the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) to help bring innovative new medicines and medical technologies to UK patients more quickly. The funding will be used to accelerate routes for bringing innovative medical products developed in the UK onto the market, as well as those made and approved by other trusted regulatory partners globally… click here

15. Duke of Edinburgh becomes Patron of the Duke of Edinburgh’s award and the International Award

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) and Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award have announced that HRH The Duke of Edinburgh will be the charities’ new Patron. The Duke takes on the patronages previously held by his father, Prince Philip, who founded the Award in 1956… click here

14. New Peterborough hub officially opened as part of £120 million investment

A new government hub in Peterborough has been officially opened by Cabinet Office Minister Alex Burghart this week. The Hub is in Fletton Quays, an area undergoing a £120 million regeneration, and will house more than 1,000 government staff from a number of departments and agencies. Staff from the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs and the Home Office’s Passport Office will be based there permanently… click here

13. Government reaffirms support for ban on hunting trophies

The Hunting Trophies (Import Prohibition) Bill has been passed by the House of Commons this week. The Government made a manifesto commitment to ban imports of hunting trophies of endangered animals and today has supported the passage of Henry Smith MP’s Private Member’s Bill which delivers this. The Government will continue to support the Bill in the Lords helping to protect animals listed by the internationally agreed Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES)… click here

12. British and German Air Force Typhoons intercept Russian aircraft in first joint NATO air policing scramble

British and German fighters have escorted a Russian IL78 Midas air-to-air refuelling aircraft, which was not responding to communications, near Estonian airspace. A Royal Air Force Typhoon fighter jet operating from Ämari Air Base in Estonia has carried out the first joint NATO Air Policing interception alongside a German Air Force Typhoon… click here

11. Housebuilders sign Gove’s building safety contract and will invest over £2 billion across the country

Thirty-nine of the country’s biggest developers have signed the contract providing relief for thousands of leaseholders and tenants. Michael Gove has secured the signatures of the country’s biggest housebuilders on the developer remediation contract, a major step toward ending the building safety scandal. Thirty-nine developers – including the top ten biggest housebuilders in the UK – all put pen to paper on the legally binding document… click here

10. SPRING BUDGET 2023: Revolution in childcare, £27 billion tax cut for business and freezes to help families

A revolution in childcare, a £27 billion tax cut for business and a trio of freezes to help families with the cost-of-living headlined the Chancellor’s Spring Budget this week. Aimed at achieving long-term, sustainable economic growth that delivers prosperity for the people of the United Kingdom, the Spring Budget breaks down barriers to work, unshackles business investment and tackles labour shortages head on… click here

9. Energy bills support extended for an extra three months

Millions of households will get more support with high energy bills to help ease the cost of living, the Chancellor has announced this week. The Energy Price Guarantee, which is protecting households by capping typical energy bills at £2,500, will be maintained at the same level for a further three months over April, May, and June, worth £160 in total for a typical household. The Chancellor is announcing the extension as part of his Spring Budget, which focuses on easing the impact of rising prices… click here

8. PM Rishi Sunak and President Biden welcome next phase in AUKUS defence programme

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has met with US President Biden in San Diego and welcomed the announcement of the next phase in the AUKUS defence programme. The Prime Minister updated President Biden on the UK’s updated national security and foreign policy strategy, which has been published this week. The leaders agreed on the convergence between the UK and US’ ambitions and interests in the world, and on the importance of working together to bring about global stability… click here

7. Prince and Princess of Wales hand over duties at St Patrick’s Day with the Irish Guards

The presence of The Prince and Princess of Wales at the Irish Guards Saint Patrick’s Day parade is a familiar honour, but this year was uniquely different. The national saint’s day is a highlight of the Irish Guards’ calendar where all generations gather for a regimental celebration, but to witness the formal handover of responsibilities of Regimental Colonel from The Prince of Wales to his wife, The Princess of Wales, made this year’s event extra special… click here

6. British manufacturing at its best as Bentley Motors posts highest operating profit in its 104-year history

Bentley Motors has posted the highest operating profit in its 104-year history. The British marque sold a record 15,174 cars in 2022 and recently announced plans to create 200 jobs and build a new £35 million facility at its headquarters in Crewe. Bentley Motors is the most sought-after luxury car brand in the world. The company’s headquarters in Crewe is home to all of its operations including design, R&D, engineering and production… click here

5. People who make illegal journeys to UK WILL be relocated to Rwanda says Suella Braverman

Under the innovative Migration and Economic Development Partnership, people who make dangerous, unnecessary and illegal journeys to the UK, such as by small boat, will be relocated to Rwanda, where they will be supported to rebuild their lives. Home Secretary Suella Braverman travelled to Kigali for official engagements with Rwandan President Paul Kagame and Rwandan Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation, Dr Vincent Biruta, this weekend… click here

4. British-led design chosen for AUKUS submarine project

The first generation of AUKUS nuclear submarines will be built in the UK and Australia, based on the UK’s world-leading submarine design, the Prime Minister has announced today alongside the leaders of Australia and the United States. In September 2021 the UK, Australia and the United States of America announced an historic, trilateral endeavour to support Australia to acquire a conventionally-armed, nuclear-powered submarine or ‘SSN’ – a partnership known as AUKUS… click here

3. Push to make UK a science and technology superpower with £3.5 billion funding

“This week, we’ve shown that actions speak louder than words in our push to make the UK a science and technology superpower.” The Department for Science, Innovation and Technology will play an essential role in helping deliver commitments made by the Chancellor in yesterday’s Budget. This week the Chancellor of the Exchequer delivered his Spring Budget to the House of Commons, laying out his fiscal plans for the next financial year… click here

2. FREE SPEECH WIN: Police will prioritise freedom of expression under new hate incident guidance

New statutory guidance on the recording of so-called non-crime hate incidents will ensure police prioritise freedom of expression, Home Secretary Suella Braverman has announced. Under a new draft code of practice laid before Parliament this week, the police will only record non-crime hate incidents when it is absolutely necessary and proportionate and not simply because someone is offended… click here

1. Illegal Migration Bill passes second reading with 312 Ayes and 250 Noes

There was a strong divide in the Commons this week, with much better attendance than usual for the debate on the small boats bill. Labour, the SNP and Lib Dems were angry about the idea that people arriving on illegal boats should be asked to leave and will lose their right to apply for asylum here in the UK. They thought this would be against Human Rights law and were on the side of the people paying large fares to gain illegal entry. “THERE WAS AN UNWILLINGNESS BY THE OPPOSITION TO ACCEPT THE IDEA THAT THE COUNTRY SHOULD SET A MAXIMUM FOR THE NUMBERS OF ASYLUM SEEKERS WE CAN TAKE IN ANY GIVEN YEAR”… click here

For last week’s Top 20 Great British news stories (6th – 12th March 2023) click here.

By Claire Bullivant

Conservative Post, Founder and Editor

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