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.
Every corner of the United Kingdom should enjoy the economic and social benefits of 4G mobile connectivity, to help people whether they want to set up a business, go shopping online, or stream entertainment.
That is why the government is working with the telecommunications industry to boost mobile coverage through our £1 billion Shared Rural Network, which will increase 4G coverage across every part of the country – including in Scotland, where coverage will increase by two thirds, in Wales where coverage will increase by a third, and in the North East of England, where it will increase from 68 per cent to 86 per cent.
This will help to level up every part of the UK, powering economic growth and connecting people wherever they live.
(Full disclosure: I work in the industry - in Openreach - but am writing as a Conservative councillor and not on behalf of my employer.)