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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%.

Ellen Nicholson ()

  • Clean Air Day
    Article: Oct 8, 2020
    By Ellen Nicholson

    The World Health Organisation recognise that air pollution is the largest environmental health risk we face today. It causes heart and lung diseases, is linked to low birth weight and children's lung development and may even contribute to mental health issues. Every year, air pollution causes up to 36,000 deaths in the UK.  

  • Article: Sep 29, 2020
    By Ellen Nicholson
    This is a defining moment in British Democracy, when the House of Commons voted in favour of passing the Internal Market Bill.
    It gives ministers the right to unilaterally rewrite parts of the withdrawal agreement with the EU, could break international law and jeopardise the Good Friday Agreement.
  • No to Westbury Incinerator ()
    Article: Sep 23, 2020
    By Ellen Nicholson
    Alongside the food giant having questions about the planned incinerator waste treatment plant in Westbury, hundreds (if not thousands) of residents have submitted objections to Wiltshire Council, alongside both Trowbridge and Frome Town Councils.
    SW Wilts Liberal Democrats spokesperson Ellen Nicholson summariesed the following points in the objection Planning Number: 20/06775/WCM to Wiltshire Council .
  • AM Votes for Withdrawal Agreement
    Article: Sep 13, 2020
    By Ellen Nicholson

    Below is a copy of the open letter that was sent to South West Wiltshire's MP Andrew Murrison by Liberal Democrat spokesperson Ellen Nicholson, sharing the concern of many voters across the electorate on the UK's internion to renege on the withdrawal agreement that was negotiated, voted for by conservative MPs, including Andrew Murrison and signed by the government.

  • Rail fare rises ()
    Article: Sep 10, 2020
    The Liberal Democrats want the annual increase in rail fares from next January to be cancelled to save typical commuters in Wiltshire between £33 and £165 next year.
    Ellen Nicholson, Parliamentary spokesperson for South West Wiltshire, said: "We are calling on the Government to keep costs down for commuters and to bring in new types of season ticket to suit more flexible working patterns."
  • GWR
    Article: Sep 7, 2020
    By Wiltshire Liberal Democrats

    The Liberal Democrats are calling for the annual increase in rail fares from next January to be cancelled, a move which would save typical commuters in Wiltshire between £33 and £165 next year, according to the party's analysis.

    The proposed 1.6% rise in fares is based on the rise in the Retail Price Index for the 12 months to July 2020.

  • Article: Sep 3, 2020
    By Ellen Nicholson
    Yet more debate about the vexatious behaviour policy being introduced at Trowbridge Town Council, though quite why it has caused such a furore we're uncertain.
    These policies are common in councils run by varying colours of parties across the Country as we're sure local MP Andrew Murrison would be aware.
  • Public Health England
    Article: Aug 18, 2020

    Responding to news that the Health Secretary has confirmed the decision to scrap Public Health England, Liberal Democrat Health, Wellbeing and Social Care spokesperson Munira Wilson said:

    "Scrapping the body at the heart of our public health response in the middle of a global pandemic is yet another reminder that this Government has got its priorities all wrong.

    "This move risks worsening health inequalities and it's not clear the Health Secretary has thought through who will take over vital PHE functions. Ministers are seeking to deflect the blame before the crisis is even behind us. They must take us for fools if they think people won't see through this decision.

    "Many people will also be shocked by the lack of transparency around the decision to promote Tory insider Dido Harding to this pivotal role, given the Test and Trace system she was responsible for setting up is still not up to scratch.

  • SW Wilts Lib Dems spokesperson ()
    Article: Aug 18, 2020
    By Ellen Nicholson

    Following the national uproar about the Government's exam grading algorithm, Gavin Williamson and Boris Johnson had to do a U-turn over the weekend. A levels and GCSEs will now be based on teachers' assessments.

    SW Wilts Lib Dem Spokesperson Ellen Nicholson said " Obviously I welcome this U-turn for all A level students and those awaiting GCSE's in South West Wiltshire, but this could, and should have been sorted weeks ago. Instead, hundreds of thousands of young people have been forced to deal with uncertainty over their grades and worry about their future.

  • Article: Aug 12, 2020
    By Ellen Nicholson

    Ellen Nicholson, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for South West Wiltshire, is calling on local Conservative MP Andrew Murrison to "pledge to defend the rule of law against any attempts by Boris Johnson and Dominic Cummings to undermine it."

    It follows the Conservative Government's announcement on recently of an Independent Review of Administrative Law, with the aim of restricting the ability of individuals to seek judicial review of government actions.