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 human suffering and hurt caused by the tragic loss of life through violent crime is unacceptable and there is no place for this in our communities.
That is why the government has banned a wide range of knives, weapons, and firearms, as well as putting a new legal definition of flick knives to see more of them outlawed, and putting bans on keeping certain dangerous weapons at the home. Anyone unlawfully possessing a firearm covered by the ban will face up to 10 years in prison, with up to six months’ imprisonment for possessing other weapons.
These steps will help to get knives and other weapons off the streets and out of the hands of violent criminals, protecting our communities as we get tough on crime and build back safer.