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.
Unique temporary circumstances have meant that farmers are facing challenges in the processing and exportation of pork, so the government has put forward plans to help the industry navigate global challenges until these circumstances abate.
The package of measures proposed to support the pork industry includes funding a private storage aid scheme to enable meat processors to store slaughtered pigs for up to six months, suspending levy payments on farmers and producers, and allowing up to 800 pork butchers into the UK through our existing Seasonal Workers Pilot Scheme.
These measures will back British farmers, abattoirs and the wider pork industry as they navigate temporary challenges, ensuring they are able to contribute to our economy as we build back better.