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Email: ellen@swwiltslibdems.org.uk

South West Wiltshire Prospective Parliamentary Candidate - Ellen Nicholson

  • Article: Nov 19, 2019

    South West Wiltshire Liberal Democrats have released a new video, where Ellen Nicholson makes a convincing case for voting Liberal Democrat on 12 December. Vote Ellen.

  • South West Wiltshire Prospective Parliamentary Candidate - Ellen Nicholson
    Article: Nov 13, 2019

    Ellen Nicholson

    Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for South West Wiltshire


    Ellen is proud to represent South West Wiltshire standing up for the open-hearted, community values shared by residents across the constituency.

    A nurse by profession, she works in the university sector leading a programme that tackles primary care workforce development and healthcare. She is determined to fight the Brexit effect that is exacerbating our workforce shortages and impacting our local communities.

  • No to Knife Crime ()
    Article: Nov 13, 2019
    By Ellen Nicholson

    The Liberal Democrats have set out ambitious plans to tackle soaring levels of knife crime, by investing £500 million in youth services and adopting a public health approach to youth violence.

    A Liberal Democrat government would create a £500 million ring-fenced fund for Local Authorities in England to spend on youth services. This would provide young people with positive, safe and healthy opportunities to prevent them being drawn into youth violence and gang-related crime. The party would also make local youth services a statutory service, protecting them from future cuts.

    The Liberal Democrats would take a public health approach to tackling youth violence, modelled on the successful approach taken by Scotland's Violence Reduction Unit. This would involve identifying risk factors and treating them early on, with youth workers, police, teachers, health professionals and social services all working closely together to prevent young people falling into gangs and violence.

    Liberal Democrat Leader Jo Swinson said:

    "We are in a knife crime epidemic, but successive Governments have taken the wrong approach to dealing with it.

    "For 25 years, Conservative and Labour Governments have been competing to seem tough on crime, without doing enough to actually prevent crime.

    "Liberal Democrats will build a brighter future for young people by investing £500 million a year in youth services and taking a public health approach to youth violence.

    Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for South West Wiltshire Ellen Nicholson said: From talking to various agencies, prison officers and probation service, I am pleased that Lib Dems are leading the way and taking a positive approach to tackling the issue of lack of youth services provision. Making local youth services a statutory service mitigates against future government policy decisions which so often impact our youth first.

    "With a Liberal Democrat government, young people will have the support and opportunities they deserve, our communities will be stronger and people will feel safer."


  • Matthew Parris (Nick Moyes [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)])
    Article: Nov 12, 2019

    Conservative voters living in South West Wiltshire: Do you still feel at home in the party?

    Matthew Parris, Times columnist and Conservative Party member for 50 years, doesn't, He quit the Party last week, saying:

    "I am a conservative, not a Liberal Democrat, but will unhesitatingly vote Lib Dem this time to defeat Tory zealotry over Europe. So should every former Tory voter who still believes it would be folly for Britain to leave the European Union.

    "One survey suggests a third of former Tory Remainers have already decided to vote Lib Dem in the coming election, the only question being what the nearly two thirds who still plan to vote Tory could possibly be thinking.

    "So here I find myself, unwilling to support a leader [Boris Johnson] who is a stranger to honesty or principle and who surfs a foolish populist wave for the sake of ambition alone, leading a governing party whose centre of gravity has shifted decisively away from the broadly centrist political force Conservatism once was."

    https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/im-leaving-the-tories-and-voting-lib-dem-thm7g22ld

  • Hilary Clinton
    Article: Nov 12, 2019
    By Ellen Nicholson
    Following the reports that Hillary Clinton has said it is "inexplicable and shameful" that the UK government has not yet published a report on alleged Russian interference in British politics, Liberal Democrat Shadow Foreign Secretary Chuka Umunna said:
    "No-one knows the extent to which Russian interference can have on an election quite like Hillary Clinton.
  • Social Care
    Article: Nov 11, 2019
    By Ellen Nicholson

    Responding to the report by the IFS stating that councils will need billions of pounds in additional funding to meet the rising costs of adult social care, Liberal Democrat Shadow Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Social Care, Luciana Berger said:

    "It is absolutely appalling that our elderly and most vulnerable people are missing out on vital care, with family members having to give up their jobs to fill the chronic gaps in the social care system.

    "Not only are the Conservatives ignoring this crisis, but they are committing to policies in this election which will make the problems even worse.

    "The nurse tax being proposed by Boris Johnson will disincentivise people working for the NHS, but the situation is even worse for social care workers who aren't entitled to the miserable plan they have put forward for nurses. By pursuing Brexit and imposing a points based immigration system the Conservative Government will sabotage any future ability to recruit much needed and valued social care workers. Ellen Nicholson said "Conservative policies such as scrapping the bursary and of course Brexit have adversely affected our ability to recruit and retain staff in health and social care, the trend in Wiltshire is evident nationally. In real terms this means there are fewer people opting for nursing as a career whilst our EU colleagues are leaving the UK to work elsewhere and the long awaited green paper on social care remains on the distant horizon."

    "A Liberal Democrat government would ensure our social care system has a sufficient workforce, by stopping Brexit on day one as well as urgently investing in social care through putting a penny on the pound on income tax. In this once in a generation election, only the Liberal Democrats are giving voters the opportunity to build a brighter future."

  • Lest we forget
    Article: Nov 10, 2019
    By Ellen Nicholson

    Today the Liberal Democrats announced that the party will waive the exorbitant leave to remain application fees for members of the Armed Forces who were born outside of the UK. The fees cost a family of four almost £10k.

    In recent years the fees for these applications have been increased to exorbitant levels: they now stand at £2,389 per person, despite the unit cost to the Home Office of processing an application being just £243. This means that the cost of applying for a family of four is £9,556.

    These excessive fees have prevented many brave veterans from taking up their right to settle in the UK with their families. Some have been forced to leave the country they have served for and lived in for years; others have remained in the UK without immigration status, unable to work in the country they sought to defend.

    Liberal Democrat Shadow Defence Secretary Jamie Stone said:

    "Foreign and Commonwealth citizens have a proud legacy of serving our country in the Armed Forces. These excessive fees have prevented many brave veterans and their families from living in the UK and forced many to a life of destitution.

    "These men and women risk their lives in the service of our country, and the fact they are treated this way by the Conservative party is yet another horrible example of the hostile environment."

  • Nursing Petition and PPC Ellen Nicholson ()
    Article: Nov 8, 2019
    By Ellen Nicholson
    No to a Nurse Tax
    Liberal Democrat Shadow Home Secretary Christine Jardine has slammed the Tories for creating a "Nurse Tax" on EU citizens who come to the UK to work for the NHS.
    The new Tory policy extends the Immigration health surcharge of £400 to EU health professionals, coming to the UK to work in our NHS.
  • Climate Emergency
    Article: Nov 7, 2019
    By Ellen Nicholson

    by generating 80% of electricity from renewables by 2030 and insulating all low-income homes by 2025.

    As one of the party's key priorities in their 'Plan for a Brighter Future', the Liberal Democrats have committed to raising the energy efficiency standards for new homes alongside investing £15 billion over the next Parliament to retrofit 26 million homes. This would save the average household £550 a year on energy bills.

  • Parity of esteem
    Article: Nov 6, 2019
    By Ellen Nicholson

    • The NHS is the envy of the world, but our mental health service is not. Waiting times are being missed, people are not being referred for the treatment they need, and often action is taken only when at 'crisis' point, or too late.

    • Approximately one in four people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year. For too many, treatment is a postcode lottery.