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.
Monday, October 12, 2020
The Agriculture bill
Today, the Agriculture Bill returns to the House of Commons, putting in place a new system of support for farmers in England, that protects the environment, maintains our high standards and ensures food is produced in a more sustainable way.
Outside of the EU, we have the opportunity to replace Brussels’ Common Agricultural Policy, which has never worked for British farmers, with a new system that truly works for the UK.
Through our landmark Agriculture Bill, the government will introduce an ambitious new land management scheme in England, based on the principle of public money for public goods, where farmers are rewarded for the work they do to safeguard the environment and help us meet crucial goals on climate change.
Despite scaremongering from the Labour Party, the Conservatives made an unequivocal commitment in our manifesto that we will never compromise on our high environmental and animal welfare standards in trade negotiations.
As we build back greener from coronavirus, we will ensure our farmers have the support they need, our environment is protected for future generations and our high standards are maintained.