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.
Sunday, October 04, 2020
Providing Asylum for those who really need it, plugging loopholes which criminals can abuse
Today at the virtual Conservative Party Conference 2020, the Home Secretary is announcing the biggest overhaul of the UKs broken asylum system in decades – ensuring it is firm and fair.
An asylum system should provide safe haven to those fleeing persecution, oppression or tyranny. But right now, ours enables an international criminal trade to elbow the most vulnerable to the side.
After decades of inaction, we will introduce legislation to make our broken system fairer and firmer. Fair and compassionate towards those who need our help – welcoming people through safe and legal routes. Firm, by stopping the abuse of the system. We will stop the exploitation of the broken system by those who come here illegally – sometimes via small boat, asylum shop and make endless vexatious claims to remain.
Under Conservative leadership, the United Kingdom has and always will provide sanctuary when the lights are being switched off on people’s liberties.