30 days in Downing Street

It’s been a busy month for the Prime Minister. 

From his visit to Kyiv, where he reaffirmed the UK’s unwavering commitment to supporting Ukraine, to announcing plans to protect the health of our children and meeting some of the incredible people who make our country so special.  

Find out some of what the Prime Minister has been up to, and what he has delivered for you this month. 

Standing with Ukraine 

In early January the Prime Minister visited Kyiv. 

He signed an historic UK-Ukraine Security Agreement – making it clear that we will support the defence of Ukraine and its people for the long-term. 

And he announced the UK’s biggest ever tranche of defence support to Ukraine.

Worth £2.5 billion, the package will support the production of drones, long-range missiles, air defence, and maritime security – to help ensure Ukraine’s victory on the battlefield. 

We are also providing funding to fortify Ukraine’s energy infrastructure against further Russian attacks, as well as an additional £18 million to deliver humanitarian aid on the front line. 

Celebrating British success 

The Prime Minister visited Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire, where around 2,000 people are employed on site each day.  

Home to iconic film series like Star Wars and James Bond, it’ll soon be the biggest studio complex in the world – creating thousands of jobs and injecting millions into the UK economy. 

And last month we introduced new tax credits for British film, TV and video game makers – further maximising the potential of our production industry. 

Strengthening global connections  

He welcomed the Prime Minister of Belgium, Alexander De Croo, to Downing Street. 

They agreed on the importance of ending the cruel and dangerous people-smuggling trade, including in container trucks and small boats. 

The leaders discussed the groundbreaking new UK-Belgium Law Enforcement Cooperation Agreement, which will enhance our intelligence sharing and surveillance capabilities. 

It will also see UK law enforcement officials forward-deployed to Belgium to tackle shared threats, including in counter-people smuggling operations.

Remembering the Holocaust  

To mark Holocaust Memorial Day the Prime Minister met with Lily Ebert, a survivor of the Holocaust who recently celebrated her 100th birthday. 

After surviving Auschwitz, Lily has committed much of her life to educating people about antisemitism and all forms of hatred.  

She visited Downing Street with her granddaughter Nina and great grandson, Dov, where she told the Prime Minister her inspiring story.  

They discussed how the testimony of Lily, and others like her, enable us to recall the terrible events of the Holocaust and to stamp out prejudice wherever it is found. 

Hearing Emma’s story 

The Prime Minister also met campaigner Emma Whitfield, who spoke about the tragic death of her son Jack.  

Emma’s 10-year-old son was killed in an XL Bully attack in November 2021 in Caerphilly.  

She was presented with a Points of Lights award in recognition of her extraordinary courage and resilience, campaigning to ensure that no other mother endures the heartbreak she suffered. 

Cracking down on youth vaping 

The Prime Minister also visited Haughton Academy, to speak to students about our plans to tackle youth vaping.  

In the last three years the number of children vaping has tripled, with as many as one in five of our children trying a vape. 

Under new plans, disposable vapes – which are clearly linked to the sharp increase in youth vaping – will be banned in the UK. 

And we’re bringing in new powers to restrict vape flavours, introduce plain packaging and change how vapes are displayed in shops, so that they don’t appeal to children.  

Putting patients first  

At the end of the month the Prime Minister dropped by the This Morning studio, where he discussed the launch of the Pharmacy First advanced service. 

The initiative means patients in England will now be able to get treatment for seven common conditions at their high street pharmacy, without needing to see a GP. 

Treatments include sore throat or earache, routine blood pressure checks and over the counter oral contraception. 

The expansion of pharmacy services will give the public more choice in where and how they access care, aiming to free up 10 million GP appointments a year.