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, April 08, 2021
Meeting Britain's obligations to British Overseas Citizens from Hong Kong
The government has announced today that British National (Overseas) citizens and their families coming to the United Kingdom from Hong Kong will benefit from a dedicated package of support, helping them find a home, schools for their children, opportunity and prosperity.
We have a moral and historic duty to uphold freedom in Hong Kong, which is why the UK government introduced a pathway for people with British National (Overseas) Citizen status who have had their rights curtailed by the Chinese government to come and live in the UK.
Backed by over £43 million, our Hong Kong British Nationals (Overseas) Integration Programme will ensure new arrivals can access advice and support to find a home and schools for their children, register with a GP, find a job or set up a business and access English language skills if they need them.
We are a champion of freedom and democracy, and this package of support will help new arrivals to build a prosperous, happy and successful life in the United Kingdom.