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

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So many good things are actually happening across our country under the Conservatives and now more than ever we need to be shouting about them from the rooftops.

No-one loves doom and gloom more than Labour, the BBC and much of the mainstream media. They seem allergic to good news.

So keep checking in with the Conservative Post to see positive 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 (20th – 26th May 2024):

20. Faster resolution for small claims and away from court following new mediation rules

More small claims will be resolved faster and away from court following new rules requiring mediation. The change means parties in money claims up to the value of £10,000 must take part in a free one-hour mediation appointment, provided by HMCTS’ Small Claims Mediation Service. These types of claims often include issues such as businesses recovering debt… click here

19. Borrowdale rainforest in the Lake District to become a new National Nature Reserve

Borrowdale has been announced as the latest in the ‘King’s Series of National Nature Reserves’ by the National Trust and Natural England. The new 721 hectare (1,782 acre) is made up of vitally important habitats, including temperate rainforest, ancient woodland pastures and carefully selected areas where these can be expanded and reconnected… click here

18. Conservatives secure future of UK Youth Parliament

Young people across the UK will continue to have their say on the issues that matter most to them, following the announcement that the Government has appointed the National Youth Agency as the new body to run the UKYP for 2024/25. It has given thousands of young people opportunities to bring about social change through meaningful representation and campaigning on vital issues, ranging from climate change to mental health… click here

17. King Charles III England Coast Path – the latest sections open to the public

The King Charles III England Coast Path is a new walking route that will follow the entire coast of England. It will go all the way around the coast of England and will be around 2,800 miles long – making it the longest coastal walking path in the world when completed. Visitors are welcome to walk the 36 sections that are open to public and are shown on the interactive map… click here

16. Farming Recovery Fund expanded across England

Further support for farmers hit by flooding and exceptional wet weather over the winter has been made available part of the Farming Recovery Fund, with £50 million to cover farms of all sizes across the country. The new eligibility criteria opens up the scheme to thousands more farmers who have suffered significant damage to their land as a result of prolonged and extreme wet weather and flooding, and will help support UK food security… click here 

15. Thousands more police officers specially trained in rape offences

Policing in England and Wales have more than doubled a Government target for the number of officers given rape investigative training. The target to train 2,000 officers by the end of April has been exceeded with a total of 4,540 having now completed the specialist course, known as the Rape and Serious Sexual Offences Investigative Skills Development Programme… click here

14. UK selected to build European Space Agency’s weather forecasting spacecraft

A major industrial contract will see Airbus Defence and Space UK in Stevenage build Europe’s flagship space weather mission, Vigil. Airbus UK has been selected by the European Space Agency to design and build the space weather forecasting satellite Vigil, the first operational mission in ESA’s Space Situational Awareness (SSA) Space Safety Programme (S2P). The spacecraft will give vital extra warning to Earth about incoming solar storms and coronal mass ejections… click here

13. Nationwide campaign to build the British workforce of the future

The biggest ever drive to help employers unlock the talent across Britain will be at the heart of a new Government campaign to create the workforce of the future, the Work and Pensions Secretary unveiled this week. In a major speech to business leaders, Mel Stride hailed the “huge opportunity” to fill vacancies with unemployed Brits, as tighter visa rules restrict businesses’ reliance on overseas labour and are starting to bring down legal migration… click here

12. Planning red tape slashed for farmers making it easier to convert unused farm buildings

Planning rules coming into force this week make it easier to convert unused farm buildings into new homes, farm shops and gyms. Farmers will be able to convert their unused buildings into new homes and shops thanks to new planning laws. The major changes give farmers across England greater freedoms to diversify and grow their business, without having to spend time and money submitting a planning application… click here

11. BAE Systems win contract for new Swedish CV90 combat vehicles

British multinational arms, security, and aerospace company, BAE Systems has signed a contract with the Swedish Defense Materiel Administration, FMV, for new CV9035 MkIIIC vehicles, as well as associated integrated logistic support. This new contract will provide new-build CV90s to help replenish the Swedish Army’s fleet… click here 

10. UK’s trailblazing Institute for AI Safety to open doors in San Francisco

The UK government’s pioneering AI Safety Institute is set to broaden its international horizons by opening its first overseas office in San Francisco this summer, Technology Secretary Michelle Donelan has announced this week. The expansion marks a pivotal step that will allow the UK to tap into the wealth of tech talent available… click here

9. Game-changing AI technology rolled out to all radiography departments in England to help cut cancer waiting lists

Game-changing AI technology will be rolled out to all radiography departments in England in a matter of weeks – backed by £15.5 million in new Government funding. Cancer waiting times are set to fall thanks to new AI technology that locates cancer cells 2.5 times quicker than doctors alone… click here

8. It’s lift off for UK’s National Satellite Test Facility

The UK’s first ‘one-stop shop’ for large satellite testing has officially opened its doors and is set to welcome its first customers. The National Satellite Test Facility (NSTF), operated by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) RAL Space, is set to ensure that spacecraft up to seven tonnes will survive launch and the harsh conditions of space… click here

7. UK and Albania working innovatively to build on migration partnership success

Under the new returns agreement, signed with the Albanian government, the UK has removed 26,000 people in the last twelve months including nearly 6,000 Albanians. The Albania partnership is a benchmark for how the UK wants to work with partners globally, delivering results in reducing illegal migration to the UK, but also in helping to provide opportunities for Albanian people to stay and prosper in their own country… click here 

6. Pet Abduction Bill becomes law

Abducting a pet is now a criminal offence after the Pet Abduction Bill received Royal Assent on Friday. Under the Pet Abduction Act 2024 – which was a Private Members’ Bill sponsored by Anna Firth MP and Lord Black of Brentwood and supported by the Government – anyone found guilty of stealing a pet in England or Northern Ireland will face up to five years in prison, a fine, or both… click here


5. New nuclear power plant earmarked for North Wales

Wylfa in Anglesey is the government’s preferred site for the UK’s third mega-nuclear power station – putting North Wales in prime position to benefit from a boost to its economic prosperity and support the UK’s long-term energy security. The government is kickstarting talks with global energy firms to explore building the new power plant, which could provide enough clean and reliable power for the equivalent of around 6 million of today’s homes for 60 years. It brings the UK closer to its ambition for up to a quarter of its projected electricity needs to come from homegrown nuclear power by 2050. click here

4. Migration numbers fall further as measures have major impact

Visa applications across key routes have fallen by a quarter in the first 4 months of 2024, as the Home Secretary’s package to reduce unsustainable migration continues to deliver. Government measures to tighten student visas, which came into force in January, have prevented most international students starting courses this year from bringing family members with 79% fewer student dependent applications in the first 4 months of 2024… click here 

3. Export of live animals banned as legislation receives Royal Assent

A new ban on exporting live animals came into law this week as the Animal Welfare (Livestock Exports) Act received Royal Assent, capitalising on a post-Brexit freedoms and bolstering the UK’s position as a world leader in animal welfare standards. The legislation delivers on a key manifesto commitment to ban the export of live animals including cattle, sheep, and pigs for slaughter and fattening from Great Britain. It is only possible now the UK has left the European Union, and will stop animals enduring stress, exhaustion and injury on long and unnecessary export journeys… click here

2. Brexit freedoms used to slash burdensome red tape on British businesses

The Conservative Government is raising the bar for any new business regulations, in the latest step to help British businesses flourish. A new White Paper uses newfound Brexit freedoms to set out ten common-sense principles that whip the regulators into shape and help businesses grow. The principles will introduce a new rule that means new regulations can only be introduced when it is “absolutely necessary”… click here 

1. UK accelerates its lead as Europe’s most attractive destination for financial services investment

The UK continues to be Europe’s most attractive location for foreign direct investment into financial services – and has accelerated its lead over other European markets – according to EY’s latest Attractiveness Survey for Financial Services. The UK attracted 108 financial services projects in 2023 – an increase from 76 projects in 2022 – and has extended its lead over second-placed France, which secured 39 projects in 2023, down from 45 in 2022… click here

For last week’s top 20 Great British news stories (13th – 19th May 2024) click here.

By Claire Bullivant

Conservative Post, Founder and Editor

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Main photo: On Friday 24 May 2024 the Foot Guards of the Household Division rehearsed the King’s Birthday Parade in their iconic Scarlett tunics on Horse Guards Parade. Photographer: Sergeant Rob Kane UK MOD © Crown copyright 2024 MOD Crown Copyright News / Editorial Licence.

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