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.
In embracing the opportunities of being an independent sovereign nation, we will use our freedoms to give viable businesses across the UK access to the financial support they need – without facing burdensome red tape.
That is why the government is introducing a new UK wide subsidy control system - replacing the old, bureaucratic EU State Aid regime - that will give our public bodies and the devolved administrations the power to financially support businesses through loans, grants and guarantees quickly and effectively; and in strengthening our Union, we will prevent companies from playing the regions and nations against each other for taxpayer subsidy.
By maintaining our competitive, free market economy that has been central to our economic success and national prosperity for decades, we will boost jobs and businesses across the United Kingdom - without returning to the failed 1970s approach of the government ‘picking winners’ or bailing out unsustainable companies.