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.

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, British sporting achievements and many other things to be proud of. 

Here are our 15 best read and most shared positive news stories from the last seven days (17th – 23rd October 2022):

15. Free legal advice expanded to help thousands more people at risk

Thousands of domestic abuse victims will be able to access free legal advice and representation under new changes to the legal aid system introduced this week. An extra £10 million a year will also be invested in housing legal aid, so that thousands more people can access legal advice when they fall into difficult times and face the risk of eviction. The extra support for domestic abuse victims will kick in to support the use of new Domestic Abuse Protection Notices… click here

14. £174 million finance deal boosts British construction firms in Africa

British firms are set to benefit from landmark new deals worth a combined £174.5 million to finance construction projects in Benin and Togo. The UK was Europe’s top investor in Africa this year, according to the UN Conference on Trade and Development’s 2022 world investment report. This week’s new UKEF deal builds on £3.2 billion of support for projects across the continent in the past two years, with even more deals expected in the year ahead… click here

13. Construction begins on brand new flagship London court in the Square Mile

The construction of a state-of-the-art combined court is underway in the heart of London’s legal centre as part of Salisbury Square, a new development on Fleet Street. The City of London Law courts will be a modern, efficient and flexible centre for London’s legal services, providing a total of 18 hearing rooms, an increase of 10 on the courts they will replace in 2026. This consists of 8 Crown, six civil and four magistrates’ courtrooms. The court will focus on high-level fraud, cyber and economic crime… click here

12. Royal Air Force transports Virgin Orbit Launcher One to UK from US

The UK will soon become the first country to launch satellites into orbit from Europe. The first ever orbital satellite launch from the UK is happening soon, marking a new era in the UK’s space history. The Royal Air Force have now successfully transported Virgin Orbit’s Launcher One over to the UK from the US. Personnel from 99 Sqn, C-17 Globemaster, JADTEU and RAF Brize Norton have been working with colleagues from Virgin Orbit assisting in the complex and safe movement of Launcher One from the US to Spaceport Cornwall… click here

11. UK reiterates strong anti-whaling stance at International Whaling Commission

The Government upheld its long-standing opposition to commercial whaling at the 68th meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) in Slovenia this week, advocating to uphold the moratorium that was agreed 40 years ago. The United Kingdom also secured further support for the protection of whales, dolphins and porpoises (cetaceans) and has been appointed Chair of the IWC Conservation Committee… click here

10. First birthday cards from The King and The Queen Consort arrive in the post 

The very first birthday cards from The King and The Queen Consort have been delivered to hundreds of people celebrating their 100th and 105th birthdays across the United Kingdom. The posting of messages to mark significant birthdays and anniversaries is a tradition that dates back to 1917 and the reign of King George V, when those celebrating their 100th birthday or 60th wedding anniversary were sent a telegram of good wishes from His Majesty… click here

9. £6.4 million boost for employers to support disabled people

Thousands of businesses across the UK will benefit from a new £6.4 million online service to help employers better support disabled people and those with health conditions in the workplace. The early test version of the Support with Employee Health and Disability service provides essential information about supporting and managing employees with disabilities or health conditions at work. Any employer can access the service… click here

8. UK announces humanitarian assistance for 150,000 women and children suffering drought and conflict in Ethiopia

UK aid will help to protect women and children from the devastating impacts of violent conflict and the worst drought in 40 years in Ethiopia, Minister for Development Vicky Ford announced this week during a visit to the country. With 24 million people affected by the drought in Ethiopia, the Minister is visiting a UK-supported hospital where severely malnourished children under 5 receive life-saving treatment… click here

7. Every region in England to benefit from programmes to improve children’s development in the early years

Every region in England will benefit from programmes to improve teaching of children’s early speech, language and numeracy, along with professional development to build strong leadership skills and improve the understanding of children’s development. New opportunities will also be provided for graduates looking to embark on a career in early years teaching, as well as staff looking to train as early years special educational needs coordinators (SENCOs)… click here

6. Chancellor brings forward further Medium-Term Fiscal Plan measures

The Chancellor of The Exchequer Jeremy Hunt has this week brought forward a number of measures from 31 October’s Medium-Term Fiscal Plan. Following conversations with Prime Minister Liz Truss, the Chancellor has taken these decisions to ensure the UK’s economic stability and to provide confidence in the government’s commitment to fiscal discipline. The Chancellor made clear in his statement that the UK’s public finances must be on a sustainable path into the medium term… click here

5. Office for Veterans’ Affairs launches new group to step up veteran employment

Businesses across the country have come together this week to support veterans in employment and help veterans enter employment after leaving the Armed Forces. The new Veteran Employers Group (VEG), established by the Office for Veterans’ Affairs and chaired by the Minister for Armed Forces and Veterans, James Heappey, met this week… click here

4. Rolls-Royce to invest millions expanding Sussex manufacturing plant

Rolls-Royce has pledged to stay true to it’s British roots by investing millions of pounds expanding its Goodwood manufacturing plant. The British marque reaffirmed its commitment to the Sussex site during the official unveiling of the Spectre model this week – Rolls Royce’s first fully electric car. In 1900, Rolls-Royce co-founder, Charles Rolls, prophesised an electric future for the motor car. Having acquired an electric vehicle named The Columbia Electric Carriage… click here

3. Record funding uplift for UK battery research and development

The UK’s world-leading manufacturing industries will be boosted thanks to £211 million in new government funding for battery research and innovation, Business Secretary Jacob Rees-Mogg confirmed this week. The record funding uplift will be delivered through the Faraday Battery Challenge, which began in 2017 and supports world-class scientific technology development and manufacturing scale-up capability for batteries in the UK… click here

2. PM Truss introduces new bill to “limit the unions’ ability to paralyse our economy” and keep Britain moving

The government has this week taken the first steps to ensure transport strikes no longer grind the country to a halt. The Transport Strikes (Minimum Service Levels) Bill means, even during the most disruptive of strikes, a certain level of services will still run. This will allow passengers to go to work, attend school and make vital medical appointments and allow businesses to continue to grow the economy… click here

1. BREXIT BONANZA: UK’s exports to EU up 62% this year

New figures from the EU Commission’s official statistics agency show the UK’s exporters have grown their EU business by 62% so far this year “despite Brexit.” In contrast the EU’s trade deficit with the rest of the world has exceeded €300 billion for the first time. Analysis from the CIBUK and Facts4EU shows the UK’s exports to the EU continue to rocket while the EU’s international trade balance continues to plummet… click here

For last week’s Top 15 Great British news stories (10th – 16th October 2022) click here.

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By Claire Bullivant


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