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.
As the PM has set out today, football is in our national DNA. We invented it, we helped export it around the world, and it has been a central part of British life for over a century.
That is why the government has reiterated our full backing to the football authorities as they consider a range of sanctions and measures to stop these tone deaf plans that go against the very spirit of the game.
Alongside the work of the football authorities, a fan-led review of football, chaired by Tracey Crouch MP, has been set up to look at everything the Government does to support these clubs, from governance reform to competition law and the mechanisms that allow football to take place. The government intends to take any reasonable and practical measures possible to stop the European Super League going ahead.
The government is and must be on the side of fans - and their voices must be heard when it comes to the future of our national game. It starts with fans, and it ends with fans.