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: 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.
Article: Dec 18, 2021By South West Wiltshire Liberal Democrats
The Lib Dems are on track to win seats across the country at the next General Election, including here in Wiltshire, following the historic by-election victory overnight in North Shropshire.
The party won the once safe Conservative seat of North Shropshire, overturning the Conservatives majority of almost 23,000 votes. It is the second parliamentary by-election the Lib Dems have won against the Tories this year, following their victory in Chesham and Amersham in the summer.
The Lib Dems made gains in all the five Wiltshire seats in the last general election, coming second in four out of the five constituencies. The party needs much less than the 34.2% swing they achieved in the North Shropshire by-election, to win all five seats.
The party have been winning in recent local elections.
Article: Nov 7, 2021By Ellen Nicholson
Rail travel is the most sustainable form of public transport and plays a vital role in reducing carbon emissions, air pollution and traffic on our roads. Rail travel cuts carbon emissions by two thirds compared to traveling by car.
A report by the Department for Transport showed rail produced a total of two Metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MtCO2e) in 2016 - the same as in 1990.
Article: Oct 25, 2021By Ellen NicholsonLast year water companies dumped raw #sewage into British rivers and coastal waters over 400,000 times.Opposition MPs and even some Tories voted in favour of an amendment which would stop this dangerous pollution destroying the environment.It was defeated by Tory MPs such as the local MP Andrew Murrison.
Article: Jul 14, 2021By Ellen Nicholson
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.
Article: May 12, 2021By 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.
Article: May 9, 2021By 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.