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SW Wilts ()Parliamentary Spokesperson
Ellen Nicholson

Email: ellen4swwiltslibdems@gmail.com

Twitter: ๐Ÿ’™ Ellen ๐Ÿงก RN QN #StaySafe ๐Ÿ˜ท (@EllzSummary) / Twitter

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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 ()

  • 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.
  • South West Wiltshire Prospective Parliamentary Candidate - Ellen Nicholson
    Article: Jan 4, 2021
    By Ellen Nicholson

    Of late there has been a surge of r ight-wing media, twisting and distorting facts or even just blatantly lying, clearly hoping that the old adage attributed to Mark Twain "A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes" still holds some weight.

    As Conservatives push their message, the opposition parties must be smarter, there is no point in responding directly to try to put right their ceaseless mantra of misinformation, little point in reacting or name-calling. Instead, we must be faster, more cautious, and cleverer.

  • Article: Dec 29, 2020
    By Ellen Nicholson
    Whilst it may seem hard to reconcile, the statement that having a deal is both good and bad when placed in their proper context.
    On one hand, it is "good news" because, with time rapidly running out, the only alternative was the economic catastrophe of leaving the European Union without a trade deal. There are many businesses who will be breathing a sigh of relief.
    However, when measured against remaining a member of the EU, Brexit is still a monumental act of national self-harm that will blight the UK economy and the lives of its citizens for years to come.
    The deal itself is threadbare a shadow of what we had. Despite much talk from Johnson and co (including remember SW Wiltshire's own vote leave supporting MP Andrew Murrison) about the ability of the UK to strike its own trade deals, we wait to hear news of any such agreement that delivers better terms than those enjoyed by EU member states.
    Given Brexit Britain's pressing need for deals, particularly with the US, and the size of its economy relative to the EU's, this seems a tough ask of our negotiators. It is certainly the case for fisheries who have been sold upriver and are seething.
    We are all tired of Brexit, tired of the division in the Country, but that is not a reason nor excuse to allow those MPs and those in power who mis-sold the dubious benefits of Brexit to the public, not to be held to account along with their chattering sychophants when things become difficult for the public in 2021 onwards.
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  • Changing Democracy ()
    Article: Dec 23, 2020
    By Ellen Nicholson

    As Liberal Democrats, we welcome increasing support for changes to a fairer voting system. A recent YouGov poll found greater support amongst the public for proportional representation (42%) than for the current electoral method (33%). The poll also found that four in ten Britons think the current system is unfair.

  • Article: Dec 20, 2020
    By Ellen Nicholson
    So called 'Safe seats' foster political disengagement and cynicism towards our political institutions. The last time SW Wiltshire (and earlier Westbury constituency) changed hands was 1923 when it switched from Liberal to Conservative (Unionist).
    The average constituency last changed hands between parties in the 1960s, with some super safe seats having remained firmly in one-party control since the time of Queen Victoria.
  • Article: Dec 8, 2020
    By Ellen Nicholson

    The government is dropping it's controversial plans to break international law in relation to Brexit, following a behind-the-scenes deal between the UK and the EU, it has announced. But EU diplomatic sources warned that while the U-turn was a "reset moment" for relations with the UK, it was not a gamechanger for trade talks, which remain deadlocked.

    This is welcome news as it indicates Johnson and the government are now facing up to the reality of having backed the UK into a corner with few options remaining. Johnson must now;

  • Article: Nov 26, 2020
    By Ellen Nicholson

    The Lib Dems are asking people across Wiltshire who care for relatives to get in touch and share their story - to mark national Carers Rights Day .

    Lib Dem Party Leader Ed Davey has said he wants the party wants to be a "strong voice" for the millions across the country - including the those carers in Wiltshire who care for those who need it.