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.
It has always been a high priority has to keep young people as safe as possible while ensuring that they continue to receive the high-quality education that they deserve.
That is why the government announced yesterday that all students will be able to return to university from the 17th of May - and is putting in additional support to ensure this is safe, including twice-weekly testing for all students and staff and a further £15 million in funding for students facing financial hardship.
Allowing the return of face-to-face teaching will mean that students can get back to normal and continue to access the best possible opportunities as we build back better from the pandemic.