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

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Once again there’s been plenty of positive British news this week. You might not hear about it on the BBC or most other news outlets, but remember positive things are happening across our great nation. 

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, global trade deals, our wonderful royals and many other things to be proud of. 

Here are our 20 best read and most shared positive news stories from just this week (8th – 14th May 2023):

20. Stunning new section of new ‘King Charles III England Coast Path’ opens in Yorkshire

The Yorkshire Coast boasts the addition of a further 21 miles of coastal path this week as the section from Bridlington (Wilsthorpe) to Filey Brigg opens creating an amazing 208 miles of national trail from Bridlington to Bamburgh in Northumberland – the longest opened part of the Coast Path so far. The route forms the first section of the coast path to open since being renamed from the England… click here

19. Further protections for England’s coastal waterways

Consultation to expand storm overflow reduction targets to cover all coasts, estuaries and marine protected sites. The government is planning to consult on expanding its targets to tackle sewage even further to cover all coasts, estuaries and marine protected sites, Defra has confirmed this week. The Storm Overflows Discharge Reduction Plan, published in August 2022, set out stringent targets to protect people and the environment, backed up by £56 billion capital investment – the largest infrastructure programme in water company history… click here

18. Foreign Secretary visits Washington DC to reaffirm sustained UK-US support for Ukraine

The Foreign Secretary is in Washington DC for meetings with the Biden Administration and the US Congress, to discuss the US and UK’s long-term commitment to Ukraine. James Cleverly will stress the importance of a continued, united international front for ensuring a Ukrainian victory. Beyond Ukraine, the Foreign Secretary will use his meetings to encourage the $1 trillion bilateral investment… click here

17. UK factories receive government support to grow the economy, cut emissions and reduce energy costs

Factories producing some of the country’s best-known beers, cereals, soft drinks and cars will receive government support to reduce their energy costs and cut carbon emissions. Heineken, Kellogg’s, Toyota and Britvic are among businesses across the UK to be awarded a share of £24.3 million government funding to help clean up their manufacturing processes and improve their energy efficiency… click here

16. Musical UK awarded UNESCO city of music titles for Glasgow, Liverpool and Belfast

The UK has always been seen as a great destination for music and it is no wonder it has been awarded three UNESCO cities of music: Glasgow, Liverpool and Belfast. Britain has a very rich and diverse history of music and can boast of a rich musical heritage and a world beating contemporary music scene across all genres of music. It is home to many great musicians recognised all over the world: the Beatles, Coldplay, Sir Elton John and Amy Winehouse to name just a few… click here

15. Funding boost to support more students in England to get into planning careers

More students across England will benefit from a £5,000 bursary to pursue careers as planners designing greener neighbourhoods and thriving towns, the Housing Minister announced today. Over 50 young professionals with be offered a bursary through the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) to study a planning masters, attracting the next generation of students aspiring to train and work in the planning sector… click here

14. Major broadband upgrade will benefit 12,000 Shropshire homes and businesses

Thousands of homes and businesses in Shropshire will benefit from high-speed full-fibre broadband after a £24 million government contract was awarded to Freedom Fibre. This new three-year contract is part of the UK government’s £5 billion Project Gigabit, which aims to provide lightning-fast gigabit-capable broadband to hard-to-reach communities across the UK… click here

13. UK economy boosted by £1.4 billion as longer lorries roll out on roads

Longer lorries will be introduced to our roads to support the government’s priority to grow the economy, boost productivity, slash road emissions and support supply chains.  The longer lorries will be able to transport fast-moving consumer goods and retail products, as well as waste packaging, parcels and pallets. These new lorries will move the same volume of goods, but will use 8% fewer journeys than current trailers. This will generate an expected £1.4 billion in economic benefits and take one standard-size trailer off the road for every 12 trips… click here

12. Stars put on a night to remember at spectacular Coronation Concert

A host of British and global superstars came together at Windsor Castle for a star-studded concert to mark the Coronation of Their Majesties The King and The Queen. The concert saw Prince William make a speech in honour of his father and Top Gun star Tom Cruise sending a message to The King from his Top Gun Warbird plane saying: “Pilot to pilot. Your Majesty, you can be my wingman any time”… click here

11. UK military training estate to benefit from new £560 million contract sustaining 1,300 UK jobs

A £560 million contract to manage the UK land on which thousands of Armed Forces personnel train, has been awarded to Landmarc Support Services by the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO). Delivering facilities management, rural estate management and operational services across the 156,000 hectares which make up the UK Defence Training Estate, around 1,300 UK jobs will be sustained by the replacement contract… click here

10. NHS making “great strides” as it cuts longest waits and speeds-up response times

The head of the NHS in England has hailed the ‘great strides’ the health service is making, as new figures show major improvements across long waits, urgent and emergency services, and cancer care. The number of patients waiting more than 18 months fell to just 10,737 by April – down by more than 90% from 124,911 in September 2021 and by more than four-fifths since the start of January when there were 54,882… click here

9. £77 million for new zero-emission vehicle projects supporting 4400 jobs across the UK

Life-saving emergency services will benefit from greener zero-emission vehicles, thanks to £77 million in new funding for projects developing clean transport technologies, announced this week. The funding to develop zero-emission vehicles including fire engines and ambulances will support more than 4,400 jobs across the UK over the next decade… click here

8. New UK funding to boost education opportunities for women and girls in Southeast Asia

A new UK funded programme will offer some of the most marginalised women and girls in Southeast Asia a better future by boosting access to a quality education. Funding will go towards improving the quality of education for women and girls by prioritising teaching basic reading and maths skills to unlock their full potential… click here

7. UK leads the way on agricultural innovation at Washington D.C. Summit

The UK has this week reaffirmed its role as a global leader in food productivity, sustainable farming and tackling climate change at the Agriculture Innovation Mission for Climate (AIM for Climate) Summit in Washington D.C. £3 million was also be invested in the Global Fertiliser Challenge to fund new research to develop alternative fertilisers to boost sustainability and productivity. Attending the summit in Washington D.C., Minister for Indo-Pacific Anne-Marie Trevelyan and Farming Minister Mark Spencer helped bring more than 20 countries… click here

6. New plan to make it easier for patients to see their GP

Action to make it easier for patients to contact their GP and end the 8am rush, with £240 million given to practices across the UK to embrace latest technology. Patients will be able to contact their general practice more easily and quickly – and find out exactly how their request will be handled on the day they call – as part of a major multi-million pound overhaul of primary care, the government and NHS will announce this week… click here

5. UK to launch first system drawing heat from deep underground to provide low-cost heating

The UK’s first system drawing heat from deep underground to provide low-cost heating for nearly 4,000 homes is one of seven innovative projects backed by government funding this week. The Langarth Deep Geothermal Heat Network will involve drilling to a depth of 5,275 meters to extract the heat from granite rocks beneath the United Downs Industrial Site in Cornwall. It is one of seven state-of-the-art heating systems that will receive a share of £91 million from the government’s Green Heat Network Fund… click here

4. Police did an “excellent job” by pre-arresting protesters before the King’s coronation says minister

Minister backs police handling of coronation and attacks “silly” demonstrations. The Police did an “excellent job” by pre-arresting protesters before the King’s coronation, a Government minister has said. Minister for Primary Care and Public Health, Neil O’Brien, told GB News: “Well, I think the police did a really excellent job over the Coronation, enabling a fantastic joyous national event to take place without incident, and stopping people who wanted to do silly and irresponsible things like setting off rape alarms from disrupting events… click here

3. Official portraits from the Coronation of King Charles and Queen Camilla released

The official portraits from The Coronation of Their Majesties The King and Queen have been released. They were taken by Hugo Burnand in the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace following the Coronation Service. His Majesty is pictured in full regalia in the Throne Room at Buckingham Palace… click here

2. Patients to get prescriptions directly from pharmacy without a GP appointment for 7 common conditions

For the first time ever, patients who need prescription medication will be able to get it directly from a pharmacy, without a GP appointment, for seven common conditions including earache, sore throat, or urinary tract infections by next winter. Millions of patients will receive quicker, more convenient access to NHS care from their high street pharmacy, thanks to a major expansion of services under a radical plan to improve access to primary care… click here

1. Tory deputy chairman Lee Anderson says tax cuts will lead to Conservative election victory

Conservative deputy chairman Lee Anderson says tax cuts will ensure that the party wins the next general election. Mr Anderson told GB News that voters were ‘fed up’ with the main political parties. He told GB News: “I live in the real world, and yes, they [voters] are a little bit grumpy. Yes, they are a little bit fed up, but the sentiment is this. They are saying to me, ‘come on Lee, get your party to get its act together, we want to vote for you again next year’… click here

For last week’s Top 20 Great British news stories (1st – 7th May 2023) click here.

By Claire Bullivant

Conservative Post, Founder and Editor

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