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.
Friday, November 06, 2020
On Wednesday ‘Helen’s Law’ received Royal Assent, meaning killers and paedophiles who withhold information on their victims could spend longer behind bars.
Denying families a chance to lay their loved ones to rest is a cruelty beyond words, compounding their grief further.
By passing Helen’s Law parliament has made it absolutely clear that murderers and sexual offenders who refuse to disclose information about their victims which might alleviate the suffering of their loved ones should expect to face longer terms behind bars. The new legislation will come into force in the coming weeks.
This is part of a wider overhaul of sentencing policy, which will see dangerous criminals kept in prison for longer, and will ensure more families can get the answers and closure they deserve.