Meet Ellen Nicholson, Parliamentary Spokesperson for South West Wiltshire
Ellen is a Registered Nurse, holds degrees in social science (politics) and a Masters focused on Management and Leadership and was the Liberal Democrat candidate in the 2019 General Election
She's proud to be spokesperson for South West Wiltshire standing up for the open-hearted, community values shared by residents across the constituency.
In the 2019 General Election, Ellen achieved the best result in ten years and increased the Liberal Democrat vote share by 4.8%. Building on this result, Ellen worked to ensure excellent South West Wiltshire results in the May 2021 local elections.
The Liberal Democrats are the main contenders to the Conservatives in Wiltshire.
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 Liberal Democrat councillor.
Ellen works for the NHS in a national strategic role focusing on patient safety. She is an executive member of the Liberal Democrat Health and Care Association undertaking research for current MPs and Peers and a former forum chair for the Royal College of Nursing.
"Working in the public sector I am keenly aware of the importance of sound management and I believe that Wiltshire's services need both to improve and be fit for the challenge of improving our environment and quality of life".
Ellen is passionate about protecting and promoting the environment.
A member of the Wiltshire Climate Alliance and the Green Liberal Democrats, Ellen is acutely aware of the threat of climate change. She feels strongly that the government needs to take a more proactive stance to diminish the damage of human activity on our planet. She is proud of the Liberal Democrat commitment to a zero-carbon economy and its opposition to fracking.
"The environmental crises we face need urgent action, but that action brings opportunity".
She has a history of voluntary work, as a Covid-19 vaccinator for the NHS during the 2020-2022 pandemic and she volunteers for the Education and Employers "Inspiring the Future" programme which provides young people with insight into careers and inspires ambition.
Ellen collaborates 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. 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 current education policies have had such a damaging effect on our schools.
"I'm keen to ensure that towns and villages are supported with the infrastructure they need both to thrive and retain their rural character".
Ellen said "I have witnessed first-hand the damage being done to our communities, environment, our healthcare and education systems by the current government, I'm committed to working to support the local community and achieving a more sustainable future across Wiltshire".
To contact Ellen:
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Article: Apr 14, 2022By Ellen Nicholson
Just when you think Conservatives have hit rock bottom, they stoop to a new low. No doubt this latest press announcement (during Parliamentary Recess notice) is designed to detract from the #Partygate scandal and Johnson's failure to resign as well as creating deliberate electorate division in the run up to local elections being held on 5th May in some parts of England.
Article: Apr 6, 2022By South West Wiltshire Liberal Democrats
Wiltshire to be hit by £82 million National Insurance bombshell as cost of living crisis bites
- Typical family in Wiltshire set to pay an extra £162.80 in national insurance contributions (NICs) this year as cost of living crunch hits.
- Local businesses are also set to feel the squeeze with £49 million tax hit.
- Lib Dems demand emergency VAT tax cut to put money back in the pockets of struggling families.
Article: Apr 2, 2022By Ellen NicholsonThis week we heard back from the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, Michael Gove, in response to our Liberal Democrat spokesperson, Ellen Nicholson request to call in the Westbury Incinerator planning application.Sadly it was not the decision we'd hoped for and the decision to build has been passed back to Wiltshire Council, we were contacted by BBC Radio Wiltshire following our tweet https://twitter.com/SWWilts.../status/1509578533995225089.Wiltshire Councillor and Westbury town councillor Cllr Gordon King Westbury East took to the airwaves on BBC Radio Wiltshire, Graham Rogers show discussing the disappointment of the decision concerning the Westbury Incinerator. The recording can be found at 3:08 - https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p0bszyzpBut as WGAG / No Westbury Incinerator said in their press release the decision now comes back to Wiltshire Council - 'keep the faith' and lets push for Wiltshire Council to:i) Refuse permission outright, as they should have originally of course, and move on, or:ii) Reconvene the planning process to take account of the significant changes and new information now available before going back to full committee.
Article: Mar 27, 2022By Ellen NicholsonI am proud to announce that I am now an Accredited Green Liberal Democrat.In South West Wiltshire, we have an opportunity to act on climate change and biodiversity to build a Greener, Cleaner, Healthier Community.Of course there is always more that can be done, please do get in touch with comments or suggestions on how we can improve things within Wiltshire more widely.
Article: Mar 15, 2022By Ellen Nicholson
The very disappointing Environment Agency briefing on the Northacre Renewable Energy Ltd (NREL) this week stating that they may consider allowing NREL a permit to operate the Waste incinerator in Westbury crossed with our letter to the Secretary of State, Michael Gove MP
The text from our letter is laid out below:
Article: Mar 1, 2022
- Liberal Democrats call for fare freeze as cost of living crisis worsens
- Annual season ticket for Trowbridge to Bath commuters forecasted to reach £1720 for the first time
- For commuters travelling to London, London travelcards for tube and bus services set to be scrapped for passengers
The cost of an annual season ticket for South West Wiltshire commuters will rise by the most in a decade today despite the cost of living crisis worsening.
Article: Feb 24, 2022By Ellen NicholsonI woke up early this morning, and saw the first reports of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.The misery of a war, separation of loved ones, uncertainty and heartbreak is heart rendering, not least because this is our soil, European soil and so close to us. Few of us now remember WWII in living memory, but many of us remember the conflicts of the Cold War, the IRA, the Balkans, Iraq, Afghanistan ... war and conflict seem never ending
Article: Feb 12, 2022By Ellen Nicholson
Yet another week where the Prime Minister has floundered, and the Country has struggled.
The week started with a Tory former chief whip urging Johnson to withdraw an insinuation about the Labour leader Starmer refusing to prosecute the serial sex offender Jimmy Savile and saw scenes where Starmer was accosted outside Parliament.
Article: Jan 16, 2022By South West Wiltshire Liberal Democrats
Shocking new figures have revealed that nearly 1,000 dentists across England have left the profession in the past year.
The Liberal Democrats are calling on the Government to do more to stop the decline in dentist numbers - and help people across the country access an NHS dentist.Lib Dem leader Ed Davey MP raised the issue directly with the Government minister in January. Ed said: "The lack of NHS dentists across England is a real crisis. The Conservatives talk a good game on the NHS, but leaving so many people without access to a dentist shows just how little they really care about the nation's health."
Article: Jan 5, 2022By Ellen Nicholson
Lovely to see Helen Morgan sworn is as the Liberal Democrat MP for North Shropshire in Parliament today.
https://youtu.be/ujbFuJyA0tYWiltshire Liberal Democrats are proud of our part in helping to get Helen elected.
Just a few hours after being sworn in, Helen was asking the Prime Minister about the crisis in the ambulance services around the UK, and specifically in her constiuency.