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.
Thursday, June 17, 2021
The COVID-restrictions extension.
MP’s have voted to extending the coronavirus regulations by four weeks, giving our NHS time to accelerate our vaccine programme and save lives.
This was not an easy decision for the government and MPs to make and will have disappointed many people.
When the government set out the roadmap to freedom a few months ago, they were very clear that they would be driven by data rather than dates and determined to make progress that was cautious but irreversible.
There were a set of tests set our for each stage of relaxation, and Britain has not met all four tests to proceed with the next step of the roadmap. So the government felt they had to propose a delay in moving to Step 4 by four weeks until 19 July, giving our NHS more time to administer the lifesaving vaccines, and slow the spread of the Delta variant. This decision has been confirmed by parliament.
Now is the time to ease off the accelerator, because by being cautious, we have the chance in the next four weeks to save many thousands of lives by vaccinating millions more people.