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 Chairman of the North-West region of the voluntary wing of the Conservative party.
Chris lives and works in Copeland with his wife and family.
Today’s figures highlight the impact the pandemic continued to have on our economy at the start of the year as we tackled the new variant of the virus - and this is a cause of concern for many people.
But we also have reasons to be hopeful - the government has set out a clear roadmap out of the pandemic, the NHS has vaccinated over 23 million people and the Budget last week set out a three part plan to protect the jobs and livelihoods of the British people.
Conservatives will continue to protect jobs and businesses as long as this crisis lasts, we will be honest with people and put the public finances on a more sustainable path, and we will begin the work of building our future economy.