Government Activity from Saturday 18 May to Friday 24 May 2019

On Saturday 18th May, Jeremy Wright announced a new £62 million fund to breathe new life into historic high streets across the country

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7043283/High-streets-set-62m-boost-transform-derelict-historic-buildings-new-retail-outlets.html

Also on Saturday, Victoria Atkins announced £635,000 of funding for the Global Online Protection Network, a resource for professionals to use to safeguard children around the world.
https://www.miragenews.com/funding-granted-for-new-global-platform-to-protect-children-from-online-abuse/

On Sunday 19th, Damian Hinds announced a package of measures to make sure industry placements better meet the needs of employers so the right support is in place to deliver the first T Levels from 2020.
https://www.fenews.co.uk/press-releases/29767-more-support-to-help-employers-offer-t-level-industry-placements

Also on Sunday, Jeremy Wright announced £200 million for taking full fibre connections to some of the most remote locations in the UK.
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/9106195/superfast-broadband-rural-areas/

Also on Sunday, David Rutley launched a £10 million fund to plant more trees in urban areas. https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/48338249

On Monday 20th, Sajid Javid announced that eligible travellers from 7 non-EU countries can now use ePassport gates to enter the UK quickly and securely.
https://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/uk-epassport-gates-seven-countries-canada-usa-new-zealand-eu-a8921871.html

Also on Monday, Damian Hinds announced £2.5 million to boost careers hubs which will mean thousands more young people can access high-quality careers education.
https://www.tes.com/news/hinds-announces-ps25m-20-new-careers-hubs

Also on Monday, Sajid Javid set out the UK’s approach to mitigating the threat posed by foreign terrorist fighters, and the UK’s work internationally to counter the terrorist threat.
https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/may/20/sajid-javid-announces-overhaul-of-espionage-and-treason-laws

Also on Monday, Liam Fox and John Glen spoke at City Week International Financial Services Forum and highlighted the strengths of our economy.
http://www.cityam.com/277888/city-minister-no-economic-dividend-detaching-eu-regulations

Also on Tuesday, Paul Maynard launched a review of how the family courts protect children and parents in cases of domestic abuse and other serious offences, ensuring our court system protects and safeguards some of the most vulnerable members in our society.
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/ministers-order-review-of-family-courts-to-protect-domestic-abuse-victims-56dwqdf05

Also on Tuesday, Philip Hammond gave the keynote speech at the CBI annual dinner.

Also on Tuesday, Matt Hancock announced new measures to improve the care system for those with autism and learning disabilities, ensuring everyone receives the care they need and deserve.
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/05/20/autism-scandal-children-young-11-locked-isolation-years-end/

On Wednesday 22nd, Michael Gove announced confirmed a ban on plastic straws, drinks stirrers, and plastic stemmed cotton buds in England, following overwhelming public support for the move.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-48358002

Also on Wednesday, Nadhim Zahawi announced that up to 40 new areas will benefit from £15 million to expand promising innovative approaches to keeping families safely together.
https://www.localgov.co.uk/15m-project-launched-to-support-vulnerable-families-/47460

Also on Wednesday, Penny Mordaunt announced £22 million in funding for Army cyber operations centres.
https://news.sky.com/story/army-to-get-new-22m-cyber-centre-to-combat-digital-threats-11726569

Also on Wednesday, Robert Buckland brought forward the Sentencing Bill which will bring greater clarity to sentencing laws, reducing the number of errors made whilst making sentencing hearings more efficient.

Also on Wednesday, Damian Hinds praised action taken by universities and companies to protect quality in higher education by ending the use of essay writing services, artificial grade inflation and questionable student recruitment techniques.
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7056429/Universities-stop-offering-unconditional-places-students-amid-fears-lowers-grades.html

On Thursday 23rd, Jake Berry launched the Great British High Street Awards to celebrate dedicated shop keepers, the committed volunteers and forward-thinking councils who together are creating vibrant and dynamic high streets that are loved by their communities.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/nearly-35000-new-independent-shops-16186421

Also on Thursday, Jeremy Hunt called for NATO to work together to deter Russia's malicious global cyber campaign.
https://www.itv.com/news/2019-05-22/britain-helped-16-nato-countries-tackle-russia-cyber-threat-says-hunt/

 

On Friday 24th, the Prime Minister delivered a statement in Downing Street announcing that she will resign as leader of the Conservative and Unionist Party on Friday 7th June.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-48397311