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SW Wilts ()Parliamentary Spokesperson
Ellen Nicholson

Email: ellen4swwiltslibdems@gmail.com

Twitter: 💙 Ellen 🧡 RN QN #StaySafe 😷 (@EllzSummary) / Twitter

FaceBook: Ellen Nicholson | Facebook

"The Liberal Democrats exist to build and safeguard a fair, free and open society, in which we seek to balance the fundamental values of liberty, equality and community, and in which no one shall be enslaved by poverty, ignorance or conformity."

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

Ellen 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 and increasing the vote share by 4.8%.

Ellen grew up in South Wales and now divides her time between South West Wiltshire and the South East for work and her role as a councillor.
By background, a registered nurse, she works in a national strategic safety role focusing on patient safety in primary care. She is the Chair of the Liberal Democrat Healthcare Resource Group undertaking health and social care research for current MPs and Peers, as well as a forum chair for the Royal College of Nursing. Her career has been interspersed with working as a company director, pharmaceuticals, and sales, on top of this she is currently a volunteer Covid vaccinator for the NHS vaccination programme.

A pragmatist, she is not afraid to highlight the problems that have come with the UK's departure from the European Union and she believes that for Britain to thrive, it will need much closer ties to the EU than the current Governments ideological stance.

As a Lib Dem, Ellen has a strong commitment to universal healthcare, access to education for all, social justice, and values as well as environmental protections. She is keen to see Wiltshire meets its carbon neutral target and that housing developments across the constituency are green and sustainable. She is a supporter of both a Federal UK and the introduction of proprtional representation to reduce the adverserial politics we see currenlt and replace it with a more collaborative approach.

Locally, Ellen led the local Lib Dems to several successful by-election wins in 2019, and has been campaigning tirelessly to ensure the recent local election gains were made. She collaboratesd with local groups on issues such as the proposed Westbury Incinerator and SEND education as well as broad ranging topics such as farming, rural affairs and rural crime. Nationally, she has a high profile in healthcare and campaigns for patient safety and safer staffing levels. Her previous work as a university lecturer drives her wish to provide fair opportunity for all, she will campaign to reverse the cuts to our youth services and is angry that Tory education policies have had such a damaging effect on our schools. One of her highlights of being spokesperson is the opportunity to speak to children and young people in schools about their future goals and amplyfy their concerns.

Ellen believes the two main parties have failed the UK, following adversarial ideological stances rather than acknowledging many in the population do not hold such rigid viewpoints. She favours a more collaborative and federal approach to politics and recognises that the upheaval of the referendum and subsequent Brexit have highlighted the deficiencies in the first past the post voting system.

Ellen said "For me, being involved in politics is all about helping people make the changes that are needed to improve their lives. I have witnessed first-hand the damage being done to our communities, our healthcare and education systems by the current government, so in line with our constitution I'm advocating for the Liberal Democrat values of freedom, fairness and equality, working to support the local community and to keep our country open, tolerant and united."

Ellen Nicholson ()

  • Carers week ()
    Article: Jun 7, 2021
    By Ellen Nicholson

    Carers Week is brought to life by individuals, groups and organisations coming together from around the UK. This year, people across the four nations are continuing to face challenges as a result of COVID-19. Many people and current carers took on even more caring responsibilities for their relatives and friends who are disabled, ill or older who need help, but some carer support services have been withdrawn due to the pandemic.

  • Munira Wilson - Nurses Day 2021 ()
    Article: May 12, 2021
    By Ellen Nicholson

    Mental Health Awareness Week runs from 10-16 May 2021 and the theme this year is Nature.

    Research on the mental health impacts of the pandemic showed going for walks outside was one of our top coping strategies and 45% of us reported being in green spaces had been a vital for our mental health.

    The Mental Health Foundation told us that websites which showed footage from webcams of wildlife saw hits increase by over 2000%. Wider studies also found that during lockdowns, people not only spent more time in nature but were noticing it more.

  • Lib Dem Increase ()
    Article: May 9, 2021
    By Ellen Nicholson

    As the dust settles on another round of elections, we wanted to thank all of you who voted for a Liberal Democrat candidate. We really appreciate it.

    With Covid19 necessitating more precautions at counts the results of Thursdays elections have been dribbling in over the past 48 hours. The Wiltshire Police and Crime Commissioner results will be announced on Monday, but we wanted to do a quick overview of what has been going on across the UK and in Wiltshire.

  • Thank you ()
    Article: May 6, 2021
    By Ellen Nicholson

    "As polls close I would like to thank all of the South West Wiltshire Liberal Democrat activists and supporters who have worked so hard over the past few months to deliver an energetic and positive campaign with our colleagues across Wiltshire. We have focused on our manifesto and what we can offer local residents in Wiltshire rather than running an essentially negative campaign focused on opponents as other parties sadly have.

  • Day of Reflection ()
    Article: Mar 23, 2021
    By Ellen Nicholson
    March 23rd is the National Day of Reflection, a day in which people will come together to remember all those we have lost and those who have been affected by Covid-19.

    It's been a year since the first lockdown started on March 23rd 2020. Since then in the UK over 4,301,925 people have caught coronavirus and sadly 126,172 have died and the Country is just in the process of emerging from the third lockdown. Over 27.6 million people have now received the first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, a spectacular success story for the NHS.
  • Article: Mar 15, 2021
    By Ellen Nicholson

    Copy of the letter sent to Andrew Murrison, MP on Sunday 14th March 2021 following the disrupted Clapham Common vigil and the forthcoming Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill 2021

    Dr Andrew Murrison
    MP for South West Wiltshire
    House of Commons
    London
    SW1A 0AA

    Dear Andrew,

    Re.: Peaceful Protests

    The scenes over the weekend of the police's response to the Clapham Common vigil in
    memory of Sarah Everard are utterly disgraceful.

    The vigil was a peaceful one, brought about by the most tragic of circumstances.
    The right to peaceful protest is a fundamental part of any functioning democracy. That is why
    We are concerned by the Conservative Government's attempt to limit our right to peaceful
    protest in the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill 2021.

    The police already have extensive powers to limit peaceful protest. They do not require more
    extensive powers which may reduce an individual's right to free speech. The legislation
    would expand the police's power to stop protests, giving them the right to impose conditions
    on those that cause significant impact. To make noise level a reason for which the police can
    shut down a peaceful protest is ludicrous and could effectively wipe out any peaceful protest
    occurring in built-up areas such as near Downing Street or the Houses of Parliament due its
    subjective nature of interpretation.

    The purpose of a peaceful protest is to cause significant impact, informing people of the
    protesters' cause, to raise awareness and to effect change. The bill consequently lowers the
    bar for when police forces can intervene, to a level where it is a serious threat to freedom of
    speech and the right to protest.

    We therefore call on you to vote against the Conservative Government's Police, Crime,
    Sentencing and Courts Bill at its second reading.

    Yours sincerely,

    Ellen Nicholson, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for South West Wiltshire
    Cllr Stewart Palmen, Wiltshire Council, Trowbridge Central Ward
    Cllr Jo Trigg, Wiltshire Council, Trowbridge Lambrok Ward
    Cllr Chris Hoar, Trowbridge Town Council, Central Ward
    Jill Caudle, Wiltshire Council Candidate for Nadder Valley and East Knoyle
    Nick Errington, Wiltshire Council Candidate for Tisbury
    Stephen Cooper, Wiltshire Council Candidate for Trowbridge Park Ward
    David Vigar, Wiltshire Council Candidate for Trowbridge Grove Ward

  • Article: Mar 10, 2021
    In New Valley News

    A real-terms pay rise for NHS workers after going above and beyond in a national crisis is demanded by Wiltshire Liberal Democrats.

    "We are calling for a proper and substantial real-terms pay rise now, recognising the sacrifice and hard work of all NHS and social care workers throughout this pandemic," said Ellen Nicholson, South West Wiltshire's Lib Dem spokesperson stating that NHS workers went 'above and beyond' in a national crisis.

    "The real-terms pay cut the government has put forward is an insult to all the NHS workers who have gone above and beyond during this time of national crisis. They are burned out, traumatised, and stressed after over a year caring for hundreds of thousands of severely ill Covid patients. On top of this, they have worked tirelessly to get as many people vaccinated as efficiently and as safely as possible.

  • Rural Wiltshire ()
    Article: Feb 24, 2021
    By Ellen Nicholson

    It's good to see that Wiltshire Times highlighting the recent Wiltshire Climate Alliance report. WILTSHIRE Council is falling behind on its climate emergency commitments.

    Conservative led Wiltshire Council is falling behind on it's climate emergency commitments and the reports makes five "key recommendations" on how it can "accelerate delivery".

  • Article: Feb 7, 2021
    By Ellen Nicholson

    The Liberal Democrats are committed to the inter-connectedness and prosperity of all peoples across our United Kingdom. Which is why we were shocked and dismayed when a local businessperson contacted us to share their new experience of post-Brexit trading.

    Not one of the fishing companies that seem to have stolen all the recent headlines. Nor a company trying to send parcels to France or Italy. This is a company that only sells in the United Kingdom.

  • 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.