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.
The British public have made huge sa\crifices at every stage of this global pandemic – including self-isolating when they have been asked to do so. This is not always at all easy for people.
That is why the government is undertaking a major new study of more than 40,000 people which will consider how rapid daily testing could offer a viable alternative to self-isolation for people who are contacts of positive Covid-19 cases, allowing people to carry on going to work and living their lives.
Alongside the phenomenal progress of Britain's vaccination programme and the rollout of regular testing, every option is being considered to safely reclaim our lost freedoms as we continue to build back better.