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.
Tuesday, July 13, 2021
Today the UK's new testing megalab opened in Royal Leamington Spa, bolstering Britain's ability to tackle new variants of concern and future disease threats.
Testing has been instrumental in helping to control the virus and it is essential that we continue to protect ourselves and our communities in the months ahead.
That is why the Conservative government is opening the state-of-the-art Rosalind Franklin Laboratory in Royal Leamington Spa - using trailblazing technologies to detect new variants of concern and carrying out hundreds of thousands of tests every day, whilst creating 1,500 skilled jobs for the area.
The laboratory will be one of the centrepieces of our efforts to tackle this virus, putting Britain at the forefront of the global battle against Covid and helping us to stay ahead of new and emerging threats.