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 a lot of the 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 (18th – 24th September 2023): 

20. Pride of Britain: Red Arrows wow over Paris in honour of state visit from King Charles

In honour of a state visit from King Charles III, the RAF’s Red Arrows performed a mixed formation flypast with The Patrouille acrobatique de France in Paris this week. The King and Queen undertook a State Visit to France from Wednesday 20th to Friday 22nd September. Officially known as the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows showcase the excellence of the RAF and represent the United Kingdom both at home and overseas… click here

19. NHS delivering record number of tests and checks with more one-stop shops in local communities

The NHS has delivered a record number of potentially lifesaving tests and checks with over 25 million carried out in the last year, new data shows. Figures released last week show NHS staff delivered more than 25 million checks (25,377,280 August – July) in a year for patients – two million more compared to the same period before the pandemic (23,279,609 to July 2019). Compared to the same period a decade ago, there has been an almost 50% increase – with 17 million carried out in in the same period in 2013 (17,256,061)… click here

18. Transformative student finance bill becomes law

The Lifelong Learning Bill becomes law, paving the way for a radical transformation of the student finance system. New measures have been enshrined in law that will transform the student finance system, allowing colleges and universities to charge different fees for different courses for the first time and opening up opportunities for adults to study in a way that works for them. The Lifelong Learning Entitlement (LLE) (formerly the Lifelong Loan Entitlement) will give all adults from 2025 access to loans, worth up to £37,000 in today’s fees, that they can use flexibly over their working lives to upskill or retrain… click here

17. Bus fares in rural England drop 11% thanks to government’s £2 fare cap

Millions of people in England have enjoyed cheaper bus travel this year thanks to the government’s unprecedented actions to lower bus fares and protect services. This week, new statistics from the Department of Transport (DfT) showed the overall price of bus fares in England, outside London, has dropped by 7.4% between June 2022 and June 2023, mainly due to the extension of the Get Around for £2 scheme. The £2 fare cap has cut travel costs, particularly in rural areas, where buses are crucial for so many people to get around, with the average fare dropping by 10.8% in rural and non-metropolitan parts of England… click here

16. Great British Beach Clean: Offenders help turn the tide against beach litter

Offenders will be put to work to pay back the communities they have harmed as part of a week-long nationwide clean-up of Britain’s coastline. Plastic and litter will be removed by offenders wearing high-visibility jackets emblazoned with “Community Payback” on beaches up-and-down the country, as part of the Marine Conservation Society’s annual Great British Beach Clean. This builds on the government’s commitment to give communities a greater say in how justice is served… click here

15. Finland’s Metsä Tissue chooses Yorkshire for planned landmark UK investment

Finland’s Metsä Tissue is set to invest hundreds of millions of pounds building a new manufacturing plant on a 200-acre site in Goole which is expected to create more than 400 jobs. The firm’s huge state-of-the-art mill – the largest of its type in the UK – will have the capacity to produce 240,000 tonnes of tissue paper each year, reducing Britain’s reliance on imports… click here

14. Britain makes internet safer, as Online Safety Bill finished and ready to become law

The Online Safety Bill has this week passed its final Parliamentary debate and is now ready to become law. This major milestone means the government is within touching distance of delivering the most powerful child protection laws in a generation, while ensuring adults are better empowered to take control of their online lives, while protecting our mental health. The bill takes a zero-tolerance approach to protecting children and makes sure social media platforms are held responsible for the content they host… click here

13. UK ramps up vital life-saving support for flood-hit Libya

The UK has ramped up crucial life-saving support to flood-hit Libya, allocating increased funding and deploying an essential emergency medical team. This additional support builds upon the initial package worth up to £1 million announced last week, which will be used to provide vital provisions including emergency shelter items, portable solar lanterns and water filters. The UK is also deploying an emergency medical team led by health and sanitation experts to conduct rapid medical assessments in disaster-affected areas. The Emergency Medical Team will coordinate with local authorities… click here

12. BRITISH ICON: Aston Martin DB5 at 60 – Celebrating six decades of the world’s most iconic car 

The world’s most iconic car, the Aston Martin DB5, has turned 60 with Aston Martin leading the celebrations. September marks exactly 60 years since Aston Martin unveiled its then newcomer, with the model going on to become an icon of British culture, design and innovation and firmly establishing Aston Martin as one of Britain’s most desirable luxury brands. Six decades on, the DB5 continues to be one of the world’s most iconic and recognisable cars… click here

11. Pioneering British bus manufacturer launches first ever double-deck electric ‘low bridge’ bus

Pioneering British bus manufacturer Wrightbus’s first ever double-deck zero emission buses designed to combat low bridges are to be rolled out across Leicester. Operated by Arriva, the 22 Streetdeck Electroliners are the Northern Ireland firm’s first ‘Low Bridge’ specification double-deck battery electric buses and will be hitting the streets of Leicester in October. They will be the city’s first electric double-decks as well as being Arriva’s first electric double-decks outside London.  The buses each carry around 90 passengers and have a range of around 200 miles with a recharge time of 2hrs 45mins… click here

10. Pension saving boost for millions receives Royal Assent

A Private Members’ Bill to help millions save more into their pension and start saving sooner has cleared Parliament and been granted Royal Assent. Millions of people, including low earners and younger workers, will be helped to save more into their pension and look after their financial futures as a Private Members’ Bill completed its passage through Parliament and received Royal Assent. The Bill, introduced in the House of Commons by Jonathan Gullis MP and taken through the House of Lords by Baroness Altmann, creates powers to scrap the lower earnings limit and reduce the age for Automatic Enrolment… click here

9. Welsh steel’s future secured as UK Government and Tata Steel agree joint investment package

The UK Government and Tata Steel agree on joint investment package to secure a sustainable future for steelmaking in Port Talbot. The Government and Tata Steel have agreed on a proposed joint investment package which will secure a sustainable future for steelmaking in Port Talbot, modernise production of greener steel and protect skilled jobs, subject to consultation and regulatory approvals. Tata Steel is expected to invest £1.25 billion, including a UK Government grant worth up to £500 million… click here

8. UK pushes for a bigger, better and fairer international financial system

Foreign Secretary James Cleverly has this week set out new UK action to build a more inclusive international financial system to improve lives around the world at the UN General Assembly Climate change, the threat of pandemics, and stagnant economic growth are some of the biggest challenges facing the world’s most vulnerable and require a united global effort to tackle. On his second day in New York the Foreign Secretary made clear we should respond to these challenges through a strong and collective international system as he reasserts the UK’s commitment to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030… click here

7. MADE IN BRITAIN: UK fighter jet pilots to be kitted out with new night-vision, augmented reality helmets

UK Typhoon fighter jet pilots will be kitted out with BAE Systems’ new night-vision, augmented reality helmets, the defence giant has announced. The Ministry of Defence (MOD) has awarded BAE Systems a contract to develop its Striker II Helmet Mounted Display (HMD) for the Royal Air Force (RAF) Typhoon fleet.  The contract, valued at £40 million, will create and sustain more than 200 highly-skilled jobs at BAE Systems’ sites in Kent and Lancashire working directly on the Striker II programme. In total, the Typhoon programme sustains more than 20,800 jobs across the UK… click here

6. Defence Secretary pledges tens of thousands of more artillery shells for Ukraine

The UK has delivered over 300,000 artillery shells to Ukraine and is committed to delivering tens of thousands more artillery shells this year, Defence Secretary Grant Shapps announced this week as he hailed the unity of partners and allies in delivering military support to Ukraine. The Defence Secretary attended the 15th meeting of the Ukraine Defence Contact Group (UDCG) at the US Air Force base in Ramstein, Germany, alongside Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS), Admiral Sir Tony Radakin… click here

5. DELIVERING ON MANIFESTO COMMITMENT: Millions get more power over working hours thanks to new law

Workers right across the country will be given more say over their working patterns thanks to new laws supported by the Department for Business and Trade. Receiving Royal Assent overnight, the Workers (Predictable Terms and Conditions) Bill, brought forward by Blackpool South MP Scott Benton and Baroness Anderson and supported by the Government, gives individuals on atypical contracts – including those on zero hours contracts – more predictable working hours. It delivers on a 2019 Manifesto commitment to introduce a right for workers to request a more predictable contract… click here

4. Landmark agreement with Israel takes UK global science mission to new heights

Israel became the latest country to sign a landmark agreement with the UK, to collaborate on science and innovation, when the two countries’ Science Ministers met in London this week. As part of the deal, both countries will commit a total of £1.7 million in of support to joint research focused on technologies critical to our future prosperity and quality of life, like quantum. This week’s agreement comes just weeks after the new UK-EU agreement the PM secured earlier this month on the UK’s association to Horizon, the world’s largest programme of research cooperation… click here

3. UK hydrogen alliance established to accelerate zero carbon aviation and bring £34 billion annual benefit to Britain

A group of leading companies in the UK aviation and renewable energy sectors including easyJet, Rolls-Royce, Airbus, Ørsted, GKN Aerospace and Bristol Airport, have established the Hydrogen in Aviation (HIA) alliance to accelerate the delivery of zero carbon aviation. HIA will work to ensure the UK capitalises on the huge opportunity hydrogen presents to both the aviation industry and country as a whole… click here

2. Rolls-Royce to deliver first mtu engines manufactured in the UK for British Army’s Boxer vehicles

Rolls-Royce has completed the first mtu eight-cylinder series 199 engine to be manufactured in the UK. The facility for the assembly and load testing of these engines, which are intended to power the Boxer vehicles for the British Army, is now fully operational at the plant in East Grinstead (West Sussex). Rolls-Royce showcased this engine and its full range of products for land and naval forces on its stand at the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) exhibition in London earlier this month… click here

1. Government pledges a “fairer” path to achieving net zero target to ease financial burden on British families

UK’s over-delivery on reducing emissions provides space to take a more pragmatic, proportionate, and realistic approach to reaching net zero. The Prime Minister has vowed to take forward a pragmatic, proportionate and realistic path to reach net zero by 2050 this week, reducing costs on British families while still meeting international commitments. The UK has set the most ambitious target to reduce carbon emissions by 68% by 2030 compared to 1990 levels – and is the only major economy to have set a target of 77% for 2035… click here

For last week’s top 20 Great British news stories (11th – 17th September 2023) click here.

By Claire Bullivant

Conservative Post, Founder and Editor

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