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.
Sunday, March 28, 2021
Last week the House of Commons voted to extend the Coronavirus Act for six months, with the aim of keeping the infection rate down while continuing along a cautious but irreversible roadmap to freedom. It is important that we have the tools needed to fight the virus and support livelihoods in the months ahead. But it will not be forever.
These coronavirus measures have been critical in our fight to reduce infections, hospital admissions and deaths, and thanks to the efforts of the British people, we are continuing to make strong progress.
While we are ending as many national restrictions as safely as possible, it is vital that we retain those which remain necessary and proportionate to control infections, allow key public services to function and allow us to deliver the supportive measures that will protect jobs and livelihoods including the furlough scheme.
We do not want to live under any restrictions longer than needed, and while our historic vaccine programme accelerates, by sticking to our cautious and irreversible roadmap, we will return to our normal way of life.