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 (5th – 11th June 2023):
Oxfordshire scientists have for the first time characterised the molecular mechanism of the early stages of programmed cell death or apoptosis, a process which plays a crucial role in the prevention of cancer. The study, published this week in Science Advances, was led by Dr Luke Clifton at the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) ISIS Neutron and Muon Source (ISIS) in Oxfordshire… click here
More than 25,000 people with health conditions will be helped to start and stay in work thanks to over £58 million in new government funding. The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Mel Stride MP, this week confirmed the expansion of a programme which provides employment support to people with mild to moderate mental or physical health conditions who are out of work or need support to stay in work… click here
British farmers will benefit from new equipment and technology to boost sustainable food production after £31 million was this week made available in the latest round of the Farming Equipment and Technology Fund (FETF). Successful applicants can now claim for grants under the Productivity and Slurry budget to help cover the costs of over 90 pieces of equipment, from rainwater harvesting tanks to reduce water scarcity for farmers in the summer… click here
More people living with obesity will have access to the newest and most effective obesity drugs to help cut NHS waiting lists, following the announcement of a £40 million two-year pilot this week. Earlier this year, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommended the use of Semaglutide (Wegovy) for adults with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of at least 35 and one weight-related health condition – such as diabetes or high blood pressure. There is evidence from clinical trials that, when prescribed alongside diet… click here
Thousands of families struggling with parental conflict will receive increased support to improve their relationships, thanks to a £2.8 million government boost. Eight projects from Cornwall to Manchester helping parents to reduce conflict and protect their children’s mental health have received a share of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) funding. The projects will support a diverse range of parents across England to manage their relationship difficulties, including those with children who have special educational needs… click here
15. Great British manufacturer Wrightbus secures £50 million to turbocharge hydrogen-powered exports
UK Export Finance announces support for the world’s first hydrogen-powered bus company. A guarantee from UK Export Finance (UKEF) has provided Northern Ireland-based bus manufacturer Wrightbus with £50 million in financing to support its ambitious exporting strategy. This Export Development Guarantee sees the UK’s export credit agency guarantee 80 percent of the loan from Barclays Bank. This financing builds on previous government support announced last year, helping deliver on the Prime Minister’s priority of keeping the economy growing… click here
As the world grapples with the challenges and opportunities presented by the rapid advancement of Artificial Intelligence, the UK will host the first major global summit on AI safety. Breakthroughs from AI continue to improve our lives – from enabling paralysed people to walk to discovering superbug-killing antibiotics. But the development of AI is extraordinarily fast moving and this pace of change requires agile leadership. The government say this is why the UK is taking action, because there is a global duty to ensure this technology is developed and adopted safely and responsibly… click here
New HIV transmissions in England have fallen by almost a third since 2019, while fewer people remain unaware of their HIV status as a result of increased testing across the country, according to an update on the HIV Action Plan for England published today. As part of the HIV Action Plan, NHS England is investing £20 million in the three years 2022/23 to 2024/25 to expand blood borne viruses opt-out testing in emergency departments in the local authority areas across the country with the highest prevalence of HIV: London, Brighton, Manchester, Salford and Blackpool… click here
12. Major funding boost to support Britain’s students with new training opportunities and state-of-the-art facilities
£48 million to boost rollout of Higher Technical Qualifications and £140 million for schools and colleges to transform their facilities. Students up and down the country are set to benefit from more opportunities to embark on a high-quality alternative to a traditional degree, as part of a major investment in skills so people can access training to secure great jobs and grow the economy. The £48 million Skills Injection Fund (SIF) is being launched this week to boost the rollout… click here
The UK and the United States have reached a commitment in principle to establish the UK Extension to the Data Privacy Framework, which would see the creation of a new ‘data bridge’ between the two countries. International data transfers are central to modern day business transactions, and the United States is one of the UK’s leading trading partners in data-enabled exports. In 2021, 93% of the UK’s services exports were data-enabled, and the UK exported more than £79 billion of these services (about 30% of the UK’s total data-enabled services exports) to the US… click here
Lotus has relaunched in South Korea and signed an exciting new partnership with highly respected luxury and premium automotive retailer Kolon Mobility Group (KMG). Following an official ceremony in Seoul attended by the senior leadership teams of both organisations, KMG has become the official importer and sole distributor of Lotus in South Korea. The first visible expression of the collaboration is a stunning new Lotus Brand Centre in Seoul… click here
Nearly 48,000 full time equivalent teachers joined English schools in the 2022/2023 academic year, with 2,800 more teachers now in classrooms than last year. Schools in England now have more teachers than ever before, as new data reveals there are 468,371 teachers in the workforce, as part of the Government’s ongoing work to attract the brightest and the best to the profession. The Government has also put in place a range of measures to boost recruitment and retention… click here
A first-of-its-kind campus for government staff in key policy roles has been launched in Sheffield, as new figures show Yorkshire and the Humber have benefitted from more than 2,400 relocated roles. It comes as the Cabinet Office announces the pilot of a new regional fast stream, part of the government’s ambitious plans to bring jobs and drive local economic growth across the UK. The scheme will prevent graduates having to leave the Yorkshire region to move into decision-making policy teams… click here
Trade negotiators from the UK and Switzerland have held the first round of negotiations for an enhanced UK-Switzerland Free Trade Agreement in London. A source says the discussions between negotiators were “productive and reflected the shared ambition to secure a modernised and comprehensive deal that boosts trade and investment between two like-minded economies.” Technical discussions were held on 30 policy areas over 53 sessions. In talks, both countries emphasised their desire to be ambitious in areas such as… click here
A new £125 million deal between Ascent Flight Training and the MOD will ensure the continuation of training of key military aircrew – creating five new roles at RNAS Culdrose in Cornwall and sustaining 43 local jobs across the supply chain. The training will take place at RNAS Culdrose in Cornwall under the UK Military Flying Training System (UKMFTS). This critical venture will prepare Royal Navy observers and RAF weapon system officers to operate onboard Wildcat, Merlin, Poseidon and Rivet Joint aircraft… click here
CDCs have delivered over four million checks, tests and scans for patients across the country since July 2021, cutting waiting lists and giving patients quicker access to care. The government is showing progress on its promise to open 160 of the facilities by March 2025, with a further eight due to open before the end of the year, the Health and Social Care Secretary has this week confirmed. These will provide capacity for more than 742,000 extra tests a year once fully operational… click here
4. UK’s specialist radar workforce receives £270 million boost to protect Royal Navy’s fleet of warships
Critical radars that protect the Royal Navy’s fleet of warships against hostile airborne and seaborne attacks will be upgraded and maintained under a deal worth £270 million. The 10-year contract, which has been awarded to BAE Systems to run until 2032, will support Artisan, Sampson and Long-Range Radars which are found on warships including Type 23 and Type 26 frigates, Type 45 destroyers, and the Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers. As well as securing 400 highly skilled jobs in Cowes, Portsmouth… click here
This week the UK and US have agreed an innovative economic partnership, which will see our two countries work together more closely than ever before across the full spectrum of our economic, technological, commercial and trade relations. With a trading relationship worth £279 billion a year, and shared investment totalling over £1 trillion, the US is already the UK’s most important trading partner. The new ‘Atlantic Declaration’ heralds a new era for the thriving economic relationship between the UK and US, and builds on decades of very close cooperation on defence and security… click here
2. UK leading the world in getting fusion energy off the ground investing over £700 million into research
“The UK’s leading the world in getting fusion energy off the ground, investing over £700 million into research to help power this unique low-carbon energy on home shores in the years ahead.” Seven further UK organisations have secured contracts with the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) to develop their innovative solutions and technologies to the ‘proof of concept’ stage. Worth £6.8 million in total, the contracts were awarded to organisations focusing… click here
More than 5,000 asylum seekers will be accommodated on vessels and in alternative sites to drive down the cost of expensive hotels. The announcement is the latest step in the government’s ongoing work to slash the number of hotels being used for asylum seekers, which currently costs the UK taxpayer £6 million a day. The new sites include the opening of large sites at Wethersfield and Scampton, with the first migrants moving in from this summer. Numbers on site will rise to around 3,000 this autumn. In total, the sites will accommodate up to 3,700 asylum seekers. Two new vessels have been secured to provide 1,000 alternative bed spaces. Their location will be announced in the coming weeks… click here
For last week’s Top 20 Great British news stories (29th May – 4th June 2023) click here.
By Claire Bullivant
Conservative Post, Founder and Editor
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