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SW Wilts ()Parliamentary Spokesperson
Ellen Nicholson

Email: ellen4swwiltslibdems@gmail.com

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"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 ()

  • General Practice ()
    Article: Oct 16, 2021
    By South West Wiltshire Liberal Democrats

    NHS Bath and Northeast Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire CCG is one of the worst hit areas in the country by the growing shortage of GPs, new analysis by the Liberal Democrats has revealed.

    It comes as many people are struggling to book an appointment with their GP, with services increasingly under pressure from rising demand.

  • Article: Oct 15, 2021
    By Ellen Nicholson

    It is absolutely tragic news that the MP David Amess has died today after being stabbed in his Essex constituency.

    By all accounts, David a long serving MP, was widely repsected and kind to all, passionate about animal welfare and his constituents. He will leave many friends, family and colleagues grieving his loss today.

  • Article: Oct 11, 2021
    By Ellen Nicholson

    At the weekend Ed Davey did a fantastic job of taking down the Conservatives over their "cruel" cuts to Universal Credit when speaking with Trevor Phillips on Sky.

    As a former Secretary of State for Energy, he speaks with some authority on rising fuel prices and how to help the poorest through that.

  • Supply Lines Issues ()
    Article: Sep 20, 2021
    By Ellen Nicholson
    Delighted to have the opportunity to speak this morning to the F37A Emergency motion: Solving the Supply Chain Crisis
    I raised the issue of the HGV driver shortage impacting on local residents waste collections
    The shortage of blood test bottles, related to the #Covid19 Pandemic but the supply chain, transportation issues and the border control make a bad situation worse - this in turn will impact on the already stretched NHS and patients receiving a timely diagnosis.
  • Article: Jul 14, 2021
    By Ellen Nicholson

    Dear Andrew,

    I am sure you will agree with me that the achievements of Gareth Southgate and the England team during the European championships have been inspiring. I hope you also agree that the racial abuse of some players from a minority of fans is unacceptable.

    I call on you to publicly condemn these actions and call on the prime minister to act so that those guilty of racial abuse receive bans from all sporting events. I know there is a petition stating a ban for life, but in actuality, a temporary ban for a set number of years may be a more effective measure initially.

    Players took the knee to show solidarity and raise awareness of racial inequality and abuse and this sadly is on record as having been dismissed by senior members of the Government, despite protestations to the contrary in today's Prime Ministers Questions. The actions of a few after the match on Sunday night show why taking the knee is required.

    I applaud the action taken to ask social media companies to do more to tackle online racism, but it is not just the responsibility of tech companies, rather it is an individual and collective responsibility within society in the words we use and the behaviours we condemn or condone. We should stand against racism, it is not good enough to just say we aren't racist, we need to be anti racist and call it out when we see it.

    I look forward to your reply.

    Best wishes

  • 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
    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