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Email: ellen@swwiltslibdems.org.uk

South West Wiltshire Prospective Parliamentary Candidate - Ellen Nicholson

  • Trends in maternity figures - Wiltshire ()
    Article: Jan 17, 2020
    By Ellen Nicholson

    In response the decision by Wiltshire CCG to close Trowbridge's maternity unit, South West Wiltshire's Parliamentary candidate Ellen Nicholson said "It's very disappointing that the Trowbridge maternity unit in the County town of Wiltshire has been selected by @NHSWiltshireCCG for closure whilst Chippenham, which has seen fewer births and is predicted to receive fewer births than Trowbridge in the coming years, is retained".

  • Facts Matter ()
    Article: Jan 10, 2020
    By Ellen Nicholson

    There has been some controversy around recently published Wiltshire Times articles this week, misrepresenting stories, getting facts wrong and misquoting stories. Lib Dem Councillors Hoare, Palmen, Bates and Bryant have all been affected by the recent slew of stories, so much so Cllr Bryant contacted the Wiltshire Times editor to complain and request a rewrite of the story relating the Elm Grove Park planning …

  • Happy New Year ()
    Article: Dec 31, 2019
    By Ellen Nicholson

    Few of us can say 2019 went exactly the way they wanted it to.

    Looking forward to 2020 it's clear that we have a lot of work to do and we will continue to stand up for our values and Liberalism.

    All over the country, people have been getting behind our local and national campaigns by joining and supporting the Liberal Democrats.

  • Thank you ()
    Article: Dec 23, 2019
    By Ellen Nicholson

    I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for working so hard to help the Lib Dems and I campaign in the recent General Election.

    Although we didn't get over the line in South West Wiltshire this time, we made gains on previous general elections, increasing our vote share by 4.8% above the national Lib Dem trend of 4%. This builds on the credible track record that we've set in South West Wiltshire over the past 12-18 months

  • Polling Day Vote Lib Dem ()
    Article: Dec 12, 2019
    In a general election campaign that has been underscored by new levels of misinformation and denial from opposition parties, hiding from reporters in fridges and not turning up for debates, the campaigns in South West Wiltshire have been run with a minimum of acrimony between the four parties and candidates standing, surely the gold standard for political behaviour.
  • 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.