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News from our Parliamentary Spokesperson

Ellen Nicholson

Email: ellen@swwiltslibdems.org.uk

Ellen Nicholson was selected as the parliamentary candidate by South West Wiltshire Liberal Democrat members for the 2019 General Election, where she achieved the best result in ten years, gaining 14.6% of the vote and increasing the vote share by 4.8%.

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  • Article: Jan 25, 2021
    By Ellen Nicholson
    Lovely to speak with Barry on Saturday 23rd January on Warminster Community Radio and to have the opportunity to talk about a few of the wider aspects of #Covid19 in Wiltshire and across the UK. I know from my work with general practice across England that the logistics are not easy.
    We talked a bit about #LongCovid - if anyone is having difficulties recovering from Covid, please speak with your General practice surgery. NHS England have announced funding and clinics specifically aimed at Long Covid - for Bath, Swindon and Wiltshire - Wiltshire health and care will take the lead providing this.
  • South West Wiltshire Prospective Parliamentary Candidate - Ellen Nicholson
    Article: Jan 4, 2021
    By Ellen Nicholson

    Of late there has been a surge of r ight-wing media, twisting and distorting facts or even just blatantly lying, clearly hoping that the old adage attributed to Mark Twain "A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes" still holds some weight.

    As Conservatives push their message, the opposition parties must be smarter, there is no point in responding directly to try to put right their ceaseless mantra of misinformation, little point in reacting or name-calling. Instead, we must be faster, more cautious, and cleverer.

  • Article: Dec 29, 2020
    By Ellen Nicholson
    Whilst it may seem hard to reconcile, the statement that having a deal is both good and bad when placed in their proper context.
    On one hand, it is "good news" because, with time rapidly running out, the only alternative was the economic catastrophe of leaving the European Union without a trade deal. There are many businesses who will be breathing a sigh of relief.
    However, when measured against remaining a member of the EU, Brexit is still a monumental act of national self-harm that will blight the UK economy and the lives of its citizens for years to come.
    The deal itself is threadbare a shadow of what we had. Despite much talk from Johnson and co (including remember SW Wiltshire's own vote leave supporting MP Andrew Murrison) about the ability of the UK to strike its own trade deals, we wait to hear news of any such agreement that delivers better terms than those enjoyed by EU member states.
    Given Brexit Britain's pressing need for deals, particularly with the US, and the size of its economy relative to the EU's, this seems a tough ask of our negotiators. It is certainly the case for fisheries who have been sold upriver and are seething.
    We are all tired of Brexit, tired of the division in the Country, but that is not a reason nor excuse to allow those MPs and those in power who mis-sold the dubious benefits of Brexit to the public, not to be held to account along with their chattering sychophants when things become difficult for the public in 2021 onwards.
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  • Changing Democracy ()
    Article: Dec 23, 2020
    By Ellen Nicholson

    As Liberal Democrats, we welcome increasing support for changes to a fairer voting system. A recent YouGov poll found greater support amongst the public for proportional representation (42%) than for the current electoral method (33%). The poll also found that four in ten Britons think the current system is unfair.

  • Electoral reform ()
    Article: Dec 20, 2020
    By Ellen Nicholson
    So called 'Safe seats' foster political disengagement and cynicism towards our political institutions. The last time SW Wiltshire (and earlier Westbury constituency) changed hands was 1923 when it switched from Liberal to Conservative (Unionist).
    The average constituency last changed hands between parties in the 1960s, with some super safe seats having remained firmly in one-party control since the time of Queen Victoria.
  • Article: Dec 8, 2020
    By Ellen Nicholson

    The government is dropping it's controversial plans to break international law in relation to Brexit, following a behind-the-scenes deal between the UK and the EU, it has announced. But EU diplomatic sources warned that while the U-turn was a "reset moment" for relations with the UK, it was not a gamechanger for trade talks, which remain deadlocked.

    This is welcome news as it indicates Johnson and the government are now facing up to the reality of having backed the UK into a corner with few options remaining. Johnson must now;

  • Carers Rights Day ()
    Article: Nov 26, 2020
    By Ellen Nicholson

    The Lib Dems are asking people across Wiltshire who care for relatives to get in touch and share their story - to mark national Carers Rights Day .

    Lib Dem Party Leader Ed Davey has said he wants the party wants to be a "strong voice" for the millions across the country - including the those carers in Wiltshire who care for those who need it.

  • Budget ()
    Article: Nov 25, 2020
    By Ellen Nicholson
    At a time when the double whammy of Coronavirus and Brexit are hitting the UK economy, as the Country is seeing the biggest economic decline in 300 years and borrowing has risen steeply at 394billion (highest borrowing since WWII), the pay freeze for police, firefighters and millions of other public sector employees completely ignores that these key workers have been on the frontline alongside the healthcare professionals throughout the pandemic, it will be a bitter pill to swallow.
  • Brake - Road Safety ()
    Article: Nov 17, 2020
    By Ellen Nicholson

    Every 24 seconds someone is killed on a road.

    More than 1.3 million people die on the world's roads every year.

    Road crashes are the leading cause of death for young people aged 5-29.

    Back in October Nub News Trowbridge covered a survey by the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners which found people in Wiltshire wanted greater enforcement of road traffic offences. The Road Safety Survey for a Department for Transport consultation of roads policing attracted more than 66,000, of those, 876 were from Wiltshire giving feedback on the safety of the roads in the county and Wiltshire Police's work. Less than 40% (39.15) said they felt safe or very safe on the roads where they lived, slightly lower than the national picture.

  • FSM
    Article: Oct 30, 2020
    By Ellen Nicholson

    Fresh from the public relations disaster that is free school meals, a local conservative town councillor is now calling the Lib Dem universal infant free school meals, implemented in coalition a 'terrible policy' and suggesting it should be divided along 'class lines' and changed back to only low income families benefitting from free school meals.