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

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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, British innovation, 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 (6th – 12th May 2024):

20. Local fishers to benefit from extra post-Brexit fishing quota

Fishermen in Cornwall are set to be the first to benefit from extra post-Brexit fishing quota as part of new trial schemes announced by the government this week. A community trial will give fishers in the region access to an extra 240 tonnes of quota, which will be leased to them at below market rates with priority given to new fishers and those looking to operate larger vessels… click here

19. UK Government announces extra £4.6 million to support UK islands

Island communities across the UK will benefit from a new £1.6 million project funded by the UK Government to improve vital transport links, helping to support local jobs and grow the economy. Levelling Up Secretary Michael Gove made the announcement as local authorities from islands across the UK gathered for the fourth UK Islands Forum in Anglesey… click here

18. UK launches 5-year plan to combat antimicrobial resistance

A new plan to tackle antimicrobial resistance, a global issue that makes infections difficult or impossible to treat, has been launched. The national action plan will commit the UK to reducing its use of antimicrobials – such as antibiotics, antifungals and antivirals – in humans and animals, strengthen surveillance of drug-resistant infections… click here

17. Locations announced for 16 new special schools across England

New schools providing dedicated support for over 2,000 children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are to open in 16 areas across England. Locations have been announced for 16 new special free schools and trusts appointed at a further 7 schools, providing thousands of vital places across England… click here

16. NHS brings down longest waits for cancer care alongside faster ambulance responses

The NHS has met the 28 day faster diagnosis target for cancer for the second month in a row, new figures show today, with ambulances responding to callouts faster than the month before. Almost 200,000 (77%) people referred or screened received a definitive diagnosis or the all clear within four weeks, exceeding the national ambition of 75%… click here

15. Government to make UK food supply chain most cutting-edge in the world

The government is tackling labour shortages in the food supply chain, funding technology to reduce the reliance on migrant labour and providing certainty and clarity for farms and other food businesses across the UK. In its response to John Shropshire’s Independent Review into Labour Shortages in the Food Supply Chain, the government will implement a series of new measures to support the industry… click here

14. Simpler bin collections for England to boost recycling

A new, common-sense approach to recycling will make bin day simpler and boost recycling rates for the nation, Recycling Minister Robbie Moore announced this week. New simpler recycling collections will see the same materials collected from homes, workplaces and schools, ending the confusing patchwork of different approaches across England… click here

13. Government to fund 180 local projects to further boost water quality across England

Local projects across England will be able to clean up lakes and rivers, protect communities from flooding and plant thousands of trees, thanks to £11.5 million of government support. The funding, which includes money from the Nature for Climate Fund, will also unlock up to an extra £11.5 million from organisations including the National Lottery, local rivers and wildlife trusts or from private investment… click here

12. UK’s new light commercial vehicle market up 5.4% marking 16th consecutive month of growth

UK demand for new light commercial vehicles (LCVs) rose by 5.4% in April as more businesses invested in the latest models, according to new figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). 23,889 new vans, 4x4s and pickups were registered, the highest total for the month since 2021, as fleets invested in vehicles to support local trades… click here

11. British AI company Wayve secures over $1 billion to develop AI for self-driving vehicles

UK AI company Wayve has announced a $1.05 billion investment to develop the next generation of AI-powered self-driving vehicles this week marking the biggest investment in a UK AI company in history. Backed by SoftBank Group, NVIDIA and Microsoft, Wayve will use this investment to develop and launch the first “embodied AI” technology for self-driving vehicles in the UK… click here

10. BREXIT BRITAIN: UK and Florida’s state-level trade deal takes off focusing on aerospace sector

The UK has now signed state-level trade deals with Indiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Oklahoma, Utah, Washington, Texas and Florida worth billions to the UK economy. In November, UK and the US state of Florida signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to boost trade and investment… click here

9. Britain’s biggest car maker Jaguar Land Rover nets record revenue

Britain’s biggest car maker Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) continued its trend of strong financial performance in the financial year, with another record-breaking quarter in the three months to 31 March 2024. Revenue for the quarter was £7.9 billion, up 11% versus Q4 FY23 and up 6% versus Q3 FY24. Revenues for the 12 months to 31 March 2024 were £29.0 billion – JLR’s highest ever full year revenue… click here

8. UK first in Europe to invest in next generation of nuclear fuel and fusion to guarantee energy security

The UK will be the first European nation to produce advanced nuclear fuel – a market currently dominated by Russia – to help fuel nuclear power plants at home and abroad. This is part of the government plan to push Putin out of the global energy market and drive down energy bills… click here

7. UK new car registrations record 21st month of growth

UK new car registrations grew for the 21st consecutive month in April, rising by 1.0% to reach 134,274 units, according to the latest data published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). As a result, this was the market’s best April since 2021, although uptake was still -16.6% below the pre-pandemic level in what is traditionally a low volume month following the March plate change… click here

6. Progress on immigration as numbers on key visa routes fall 24%

Progress on immigration as numbers on key visa routes fall 24%, detentions start after passing of Rwanda law, and a major crackdown begins on illegal working. The Home Secretary’s strong action to tackle both legal and illegal migration is working and delivering progress, as data reveals a dramatic drop in visa numbers, whilst the first flights to Rwanda draw closer… click here

5. Common sense prevails as Civil Service diversity jobs to be scrapped

A sweeping reform will prohibit Civil Service managers from recruiting new personnel solely focused on enhancing equality and inclusion efforts. A new directive revealed by The Telegraph indicates a crackdown on Civil Service spending deemed as “woke” by Whitehall, aiming to curb what’s seen as the covert politicisation of the Civil Service… click here

4. UK trade hits new records

The government has recently released figures for what has happened to our trade since the vote and since we left. Our service exports have doubled since 2014 to non EU countries and risen by more than a half since 2016 to the EU. The UK is now the second largest exporter of services worldwide after the USA. We are now adding service sector chapters to trade deals which the EU was unwilling to do… click here

3. FOUR of the world’s Top 10 universities are in the UK and seven of Europe’s Top 10 are British

The UK’s Oxford and Cambridge Universities rank higher than Harvard and Stanford. The 20th edition of the QS World University Rankings featuring 1,500 institutions across 104 locations has ranked 4 of its top 10 places to British universities. When looking at just Europe, the UK takes 7 of the top ten university spots… click here

2. Over £2 billion invested by world leading tech companies in the UK this week

Over £2 billion of investment in the UK has been secured this week by world leading tech and AI companies. Supporting more than 1,300 skilled jobs, Siemens Healthineers have today announced that they are investing £250 million to design and manufacture superconducting magnets for MRI scanners at a new Siemens Healthineers facility in North Oxfordshire… click here

1. BREXIT BRITAIN outperforms EU and becomes joint fastest-growing economy in G7

Brexit Britain put on a very creditable performance in the first three months of this year growing faster than the European Union’s top three economies of Germany, France and Italy. New figures from the Office for National Statistics show the UK’s gross domestic product (GDP) increased by 0.6% in Quarter 1 (Jan to Mar) 2024. This is the joint-highest growth in the G7 group of major economies… click here

For last week’s top 20 Great British news stories (29th April – 5th May 2024) click here.

By Claire Bullivant

Conservative Post, Founder and Editor

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Main photo: Number 7 Company Coldstream Guards await the arrival of the US Chief of the Army Staff this week. Click here for the full story. UK MOD © Crown copyright 2024. MOD Crown Copyright News / Editorial Licence.

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