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.
HGV drivers are helping to keep the whole country running, as they have been throughout the pandemic – but there is a global shortage of drivers.
That is why the government is taking action here in the UK to help industry leaders attract drivers and build a more resilient sector, and following a public consultation we are overhauling HGV driving tests to streamline the process and make 50,000 more tests available each year.
This will help more people to kickstart their career as a well-paid HGV driver as we take global leadership in tackling the long-standing challenges faced by countries around the world.