Christopher Whiteside MBE is Conservative County Councillor for the Egremont North and St Bees Division of Cumbria County Council. The division includes St Bees, Bigrigg, Wood End, Moor Row, part of the Mirehouse area of Whitehaven, and surrounding countryside.
He is also deputy chair (political and campaigning) of the North-West region of the voluntary wing of the Conservative party.
Chris lives and works in Copeland with his wife and family.
Tuesday, July 01, 2014
DC writes: Europe needs to change
Prime Minister David Cameron writes:
Friday was a bad day for Europe.
I made no secret of my opposition to the election of Jean-Claude Juncker as President of the EU Commission - and I stood firm in my opposition, because an important principle is at stake here.
His election hands power to the European Parliament and risks undermining the position of national governments.
This whole process has reinforced my conviction that Europe needs to change.
Securing reform is going to be a long, tough fight and sometimes you have to be ready to lose a battle to win a war.
But we have showed that we won't be put off from our task - we won't be cowed, we won't be silenced. Because the status quo is not right for the EU. And it is certainly not right for Britain. It has got to change.
And at the end of 2017, it will not be me, it will not be the House of Commons, it will not be Brussels who decides Britain's future in the EU. It will be the British people with an in-out referendum on our membership of the EU - delivered by the Conservatives.