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 11, 2020
The National Security and Investment Bill
Today the government introduced a new Bill which will strengthen powers to investigate and intervene in foreign direct investments if there are grounds to believe that those investments potentially threaten Britain's national security.
The UK remains one of the most attractive investment destinations in the world and we want to keep it that way; but hostile actors should be in no doubt – there is no back door into the UK..
The National Security and Investment Bill will modernise and update the Government’s powers to scrutinise, and as a last resort block, any deal that poses unacceptable risk to national security while maintaining the UK’s reputation as an attractive place to invest.
This Bill will mean that we can continue to welcome job-creating investment to our shores, while shutting out those who could threaten the safety of the British people.