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News from our Parliamentary Candidate

Email: ellen@swwiltslibdems.org.uk

South West Wiltshire Prospective Parliamentary Candidate - Ellen Nicholson

  • 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.

  • Intelligence Report Publication
    Article: Nov 4, 2019
    By Ellen Nicholson

    The Liberal Democrats have written to the Cabinet Secretary, Mark Sedwill, to demand that everything in his power is done to ensure the publication of the Intelligence and Security Committee's report before the dissolution of Parliament.

    Downing Street has effectively blocked the publication of a potentially explosive parliamentary report on the security threat that Russia poses to the UK until after the general election.

  • Support for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities in England
    Article: Nov 2, 2019
    By Ellen Nicholson

    The Secretary of State consented to publish proposals to establish a new maintained special school in Wiltshire. The next stage to shape the future of special school provision in the north began on Monday 2nd September 2019 with a statutory consultation which closed on 30th September 2019.

    To help parent carers and interested persons to have their say, WPCC facilitated a webinar. In summary the proposal for Larkrise, St Nicholas and Rowdeford are as follows:
    Wiltshire Council proposes to invest £32m in special education needs and disabilities by building up to 400 additional and remodeled places on the Rowdeford site by 2023, to increase capacity for SEND students with complex needs.
    •Wiltshire Council proposes to bring Larkrise, St Nicholas and Rowdeford special schools together under a single integrated leadership team by 2021.
    •The current Larkrise, St. Nicholas and Rowdeford sites will remain open for the time being, but will operate as a single school across the three sites under a single integrated leadership team.
    •To achieve this legal amalgamation, the schools will be closed as individual schools and then re-opened as one school on three sites.

  • Worst cancer breast screening rates in 10 years (2019) NHS England
    Article: Nov 2, 2019
    By Ellen Nicholson

    Following the recent government announcement of funding to support 78 trusts that will benefit from funding for new cancer testing and detection technology, South West Wiltshire's Parliamentary Candidate, Ellen Nicholson said 'whilst I welcome the announcement by the government this week of £200 million that there will be 12 new CT and MRI scanners in South West England, the nearest one to South West Wiltshire being the installation of an MRI scanner in my former work place at Salisbury District Hospital.

  • Ellen Nicholson
    Article: Nov 2, 2019
    By Ellen Nicholson

    Political parties are gearing up for the General Election campaign after MPs voted for the poll to be held on December 12, with some scrambling to select candidates reports the Wiltshire Times this week. Alongside Liberal Democrats MPs, current local Conservative MP Andrew Murrison voted for the election to take place.