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.
Monday, March 15, 2021
Protecting Women and girls
Today the Prime Minister will chair a meeting of the Crime and Justice Taskforce to discuss further steps to ensure women and girls feel safe.
Every woman and girl should feel safe to walk our streets without fear of harassment, abuse or violence.
The meeting of the Crime and Justice Taskforce today is discussing how we can achieve this – including through the Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy, which has already received 53,000 responses since the government re-opened the call for evidence on Friday – as well as through the £25 million Safer Streets Fund, and an in-depth review into the criminal justice system from end to end when it comes to rape and sexual assault. This will build on the landmark domestic violence bill already before Parliament.
Following the deeply concerning footage that circulated online from the vigil for Sarah Everard on Saturday evening, the Prime Minister has spoken to the Metropolitan Police Commissioner and the Home Secretary has commissioned HM Inspectorate of Constabulary to conduct a lessons learned review into the policing of the event.
The death of Sarah Everard must unite us in determination to drive out violence against women and girls and make every part of the criminal justice system work to protect and defend them.