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.
PEACE PLUS comes at a critical time and as in previous PEACE programmes will support initiatives aimed at peace, reconciliation and fostering cohesion across all communities in Northern Ireland and the border counties of Ireland.
The UK government remains deeply committed to our obligations as set out in the Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement and the institutions it created. That is why the government is investing more than £730 million into the PEACE PLUS programme and continue to support the work of the Special EU Programmes Body which oversees the programme.
This delivers in full on the commitments the government has made, and backed by a majority UK contribution of almost 75 per cent of the total budget, this will ensure PEACE PLUS will have the maximum impact for the people of Northern Ireland.