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 expanding Britain's HGV training scheme to allow up to 5,000 people, 2,000 more than when the scheme opened, to participate in free courses to gain the skills they need to be road ready, and to help those with previous experiences refresh their skills to get back on the road.
This will help more people to kickstart their career as a well-paid HGV driver as we take the lead tackling this long-standing challenge faced by countries around the world.