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.
After taking the necessary steps to keep our country and borders safe, the UK is now able to continue simplifying international travel guidance.
So the government has removed 47 countries and territories from the red list - meaning from next week vaccinated Brits can travel almost anywhere in the world without having to do pre-departure or day 8 tests, or any form of isolation, when they return. The UK will now also We recognise vaccines from an additional 37 countries, including India and Pakistan, meaning their vaccinated citizens can now travel to the UK under the relaxed rules.
It is thanks to the continued success of vaccination efforts both home and abroad, that we have been able to simplify travel guidance and significantly cut the number of destinations on our red list – safely reuniting friends and families across the world.