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

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It’s not all doom and gloom! Of course the BBC and most other news outlets may not be interested in featuring these positive British news stories but we certainly are.

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 stories from just this week (29th April – 5th May 2024):

20. Cash injection for millions as Conservative’s National Insurance cut hits payslips

There are 27 million employees in the UK, and this week millions of them on monthly salaries will wake up with a little more cash in their pockets, as the government’s Spring Budget cut to National Insurance appears in April’s pay-packets. Since autumn 2023, National Insurance Contributions (NICs) for workers have been slashed by a third – the largest cut to employee and self-employed NICs in history… click here

19. World-first laws to protect UK consumers and businesses from cyber criminals come into force

Consumer protections against hacking and cyber-attacks came into force this week, as all internet connected smart devices will be required by law to meet minimum-security standards. Manufacturers will be legally required to protect consumers from hackers and cyber criminals from accessing devices with internet or network connectivity as the UK becomes the first country in the world to introduce these laws… click here

18. Great Britain remains best rowing nation in Europe winning 8 GOLDS at European Championships

Great Britain has topped the medal table for third consecutive year at the European Rowing Championships 2024 in Szeged, Hungary. It’s official once again, Great Britain is the best rowing nation in Europe after a magnificent 10 strong medal haul including 8 Gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze at the 2024 European Championships… click here

17. UK leads the call for swift action to protect marine habitats and halt global biodiversity loss

The UK is leading the call for swift action to protect marine habitats and halt biodiversity loss. The G7 nations have agreed new commitments to reduce plastic waste, improve air pollution, resource efficiency, and halt and reverse biodiversity loss… click here

16. Bentley’s new state-of-the-art Paint Shop begins construction in Crewe

Bentley Motors has taken the next step on its journey to become fully electric and the world’s most sustainable luxury automotive manufacturer with a ground-breaking ceremony for a new Paint Shop in Crewe. This investment transforms an 85 year old site for a new age of electrification and confirms Bentley’s commitment to Crewe, England… click here

15. Record numbers of women accessing perinatal mental health support

More than 57,000 new and expectant mums have received specialist support for mental health problems over the last year, up a third on 2022, NHS figures show. Every part of England now has a specialist mental health team thanks to the NHS Long Term Plan with experts offering women with moderate to severe or complex mental health needs support… click here

14. UK Export Finance to help exporters win £12.5 billion in new business by 2029

British businesses are set to benefit from billions of pounds of new exporting opportunities in a further boost to the UK economy under plans published this week by UK Export Finance (UKEF).   Ministerial government department UKEF is the country’s export credit agency (ECA), helping businesses access finance and insurance to support their overseas trade ambitions… click here  

13. £7 million to back next wave of British AI innovations

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) across the UK are being encouraged to bid for a share of £7 million for artificial intelligence (AI) projects. SMEs looking to adopt AI solutions to address a business challenge in high-growth industries could receive a share of £7 million as two new competitions launch… click here

12. UK steel manufacturers purchases land to expand its facilities as recapitalisation gears up

UK steel manufacturers, Sheffield Forgemasters has completed multiple land purchases adjacent to its Brightside Lane operations. The company, which provides crucial components for the UK defence programme, has embarked on a recapitalisation programme with up to £400 million to be invested over ten years and key changes already taking place across its 64-acre site… click here

11. Conservative action delivering major cut in migration

Robust Home Secretary action has driven an almost 80% fall in student dependant applications in the first quarter of 2024 compared to the same period in 2023. Strong action taken by the Home Secretary to transform the UK’s immigration system and cut unsustainable and unfair levels of migration is delivering, new data published this week shows… click here

10. UK and Ukraine launch innovation partnership to power Ukraine’s recovery

The UK and Ukraine have launched the InnovateUkraine programme, which will support 13 green energy innovation projects in Ukraine with a £16 million investment from the UK government. The UK government has invested £16 million in innovations which will support the recovery and future sustainability of Ukraine’s energy system… click here

9. British Police to support Paris 2024 Olympics

Law enforcement is coming together in a spectacular show of unity to support the Paris 2024 security operation. With less than 100 days until the start of the 2024 Games, police and partners, including the Ministry of Defence, have confirmed they will be in attendance at one of the world’s largest sporting events… click here

8. Rolls-Royce wins NASA Power Conversion Development Contract

British multinational aerospace and defence giant Rolls-Royce has been awarded a contract to develop an Advanced Closed Brayton Cycle converter for NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, USA. Over the 12-month contract period, Rolls-Royce will provide a preliminary design of a closed-cycle Brayton power conversion system for next-generation space-based nuclear microreactors… click here

7. Hate preachers and extremists banned from the UK

Dangerous extremists intent on promoting extreme ideologies will be blocked from entering the UK as the government steps up action to protect the public. A new taskforce has been set up as part of government action to clamp down on hate and protect the British public… click here

6. Global demand for British-built commercial vehicles climbing back with best first quarter in 16 years

UK commercial vehicle (CV) output rose by 27.4% in the first quarter of 2024, the best Q1 performance since 2008, according to the most recent figures published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). 32,626 vans, trucks, taxis, buses and coaches left factory lines, up 18.6% on pre-pandemic 2019 volumes, with demand driven by overseas orders… click here

5. Major win for UK’s aerospace sector with historic Turkish deal worth billions to British economy

In a historic deal worth billions to the UK economy and supporting thousands of manufacturing jobs across the UK, Turkey has ordered over 200 aircraft for Turkish Airlines. This deal is worth billions to the UK economy and will support thousands of manufacturing jobs across the UK – a major win for the UK’s aerospace sector… click here

4. UK defence sector continues contributing significantly to British economy

New figures show the growth and success of the UK defence industry, with growth in defence sector jobs and strong investment in research and development. The report demonstrates both the contribution of the defence sector to the UK and the important role international trade makes to its success, with over a third of turnover coming from international sources… click here

3. Disability Benefits system to be overhauled as consultation launched on Personal Independence Payment

Plans to make the disability benefits system fit for the future and overhaul the “one size fits all” approach have been published this week, following the Prime Minister’s speech which set out the government’s wide-ranging ambitions for welfare reform. The Modernising Support Green Paper will explore how our welfare system could be redesigned… click here

2. UK economy maintains recovery momentum as Britain’s services sector achieves strongest growth in a year

New figures show British service companies experienced a significant surge in activity in April, marking the strongest growth in nearly a year. The UK is now the second biggest services exporter in the world – behind only the US – with the services sector contributing around 80% of the UK’s GDP… click here

1. First phase of detentions underway for Rwanda relocations

The first illegal migrants set to be removed to Rwanda have now been detained, following a series of nationwide operations this week. Operational teams within the Home Office have been working at pace to safely and swiftly detain individuals in scope for relocation to Rwanda, with more activity due to be carried out in the coming weeks… click here 

For last week’s top 20 Great British news stories (22nd – 28th April 2024) click here.

By Claire Bullivant

Conservative Post, Founder and Editor

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