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.
Wednesday, November 18, 2020
Leaked comments from a private meeting have been quoted in a selective way by the media which gives a misleading impression on the Prime Minister's views on devolution.
The Prime Minister is a strong supporter of devolution, but not when it is used by separatists or nationalists to break up the United Kingdom.
The Prime Minister has always supported devolution. What he has criticised is not the principle of local decision-making but the way some people have used it to try to create division between the different parts of the UK.
Devolution is great - but not when it is used by separatists and nationalists in an attempt to break up the United Kingdom.