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 people, who have sacrificed so much to protect the vulnerable from COVID-19, should have their remaining freedoms back as quickly as this can safetly be done..
With the numbers heading in the right direction – including new data showing that our vaccination programme has so far prevented an estimated 7.2 million infections and 27,000 deaths in England alone – the current view is that there is no reason to go beyond 19 July in easing the current restrictions.
At this crucial moment in our fightback against this pandemic, we must keep our resolve and keep on our roadmap to freedom – so, together, we can beat this pandemic and we can build back better.