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.
Thursday, November 12, 2020
New economic figures released
The Conservatives' economic priority is to protect jobs while taking necessary steps to halt the spread of the virus.
Today’s figures show that Britain's economy was recovering over the Summer, but started to slow going into Autumn. The steps the government has had to take since then to halt the spread of the virus mean growth is likely to slowed further.
But there are reasons to be cautiously optimistic – including promising news on tests and vaccines. The government's economic priority continues to be jobs – that’s why furlough has now been extended through to March, and the government has also set up schemes like Kickstart which has already created more than 19,000 new roles for young people.
There are still hard times ahead, but the government will continue to support people through this and ensure nobody is left without hope or opportunity.