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SW Wilts ()Parliamentary Spokesperson
Ellen Nicholson

Email: ellen4swwiltslibdems@gmail.com

Twitter: 💙 Ellen 🧡 RN QN #StaySafe 😷 (@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: Nov 25, 2020
    By Ellen Nicholson
    At a time when the double whammy of Coronavirus and Brexit are hitting the UK economy, as the Country is seeing the biggest economic decline in 300 years and borrowing has risen steeply at 394billion (highest borrowing since WWII), the pay freeze for police, firefighters and millions of other public sector employees completely ignores that these key workers have been on the frontline alongside the healthcare professionals throughout the pandemic, it will be a bitter pill to swallow.
  • Article: Nov 17, 2020
    By Ellen Nicholson

    Every 24 seconds someone is killed on a road.

    More than 1.3 million people die on the world's roads every year.

    Road crashes are the leading cause of death for young people aged 5-29.

    Back in October Nub News Trowbridge covered a survey by the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners which found people in Wiltshire wanted greater enforcement of road traffic offences. The Road Safety Survey for a Department for Transport consultation of roads policing attracted more than 66,000, of those, 876 were from Wiltshire giving feedback on the safety of the roads in the county and Wiltshire Police's work. Less than 40% (39.15) said they felt safe or very safe on the roads where they lived, slightly lower than the national picture.

  • Article: Oct 30, 2020
    By Ellen Nicholson

    Fresh from the public relations disaster that is free school meals, a local conservative town councillor is now calling the Lib Dem universal infant free school meals, implemented in coalition a 'terrible policy' and suggesting it should be divided along 'class lines' and changed back to only low income families benefitting from free school meals.

  • South Western Ambulance NHS Foundation Trust ()
    Article: Oct 12, 2020
    By Ellen Nicholson

    The Liberal Democrats have warned malicious calls to the ambulance service are putting lives at risk as they reveal 1457 hoax calls have been made across South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

    over the last two years.

    With the UK in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic, Liberal Democrat Health Spokesperson Munira Wilson has warned Ministers must ensure ambulance services have "the resources they need to educate people over the dangers that malicious calls pose."

    Figures uncovered by the Liberal Democrats under freedom of information reveal there have been 23,942 hoax calls recorded by nine out of England's ten ambulance services in the last three years.

    Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for South West Wiltshire Ellen Nicholson said:

    "As a busy NHS professional, I know the reality and importance of a unimpeded ambulance service. Anyone who makes a hoax call for an ambulance may be putting lives in danger. I know that the numbers of calls went down in 2019, but any ambulance that is diverted to a hoax is one that is unavailable to save a life elsewhere.

    "With the Covid-19 pandemic, we all know the strain that our health staff are under. Ministers must therefore ensure ambulance services have the resources they need to educate people over the dangers that hoax calls pose."

    Liberal Democrat spokesperson Ellen Nicholson for South West Wiltshire added:

    "The Coronavirus crisis is an unprecedented threat. It is leaving the most vulnerable in our communities at risk and people are rightly worried about their loved ones.

    "The people in our ambulance service are putting their lives on the line every single day to protect us. In turn, we have a moral obligation to do all we can to protect them."

  • Article: Oct 8, 2020
    By Ellen Nicholson

    The World Health Organisation recognise that air pollution is the largest environmental health risk we face today. It causes heart and lung diseases, is linked to low birth weight and children's lung development and may even contribute to mental health issues. Every year, air pollution causes up to 36,000 deaths in the UK.  

  • Article: Sep 29, 2020
    By Ellen Nicholson
    This is a defining moment in British Democracy, when the House of Commons voted in favour of passing the Internal Market Bill.
    It gives ministers the right to unilaterally rewrite parts of the withdrawal agreement with the EU, could break international law and jeopardise the Good Friday Agreement.
  • No to Westbury Incinerator ()
    Article: Sep 23, 2020
    By Ellen Nicholson
    Alongside the food giant having questions about the planned incinerator waste treatment plant in Westbury, hundreds (if not thousands) of residents have submitted objections to Wiltshire Council, alongside both Trowbridge and Frome Town Councils.
    SW Wilts Liberal Democrats spokesperson Ellen Nicholson summariesed the following points in the objection Planning Number: 20/06775/WCM to Wiltshire Council .
  • AM Votes for Withdrawal Agreement
    Article: Sep 13, 2020
    By Ellen Nicholson

    Below is a copy of the open letter that was sent to South West Wiltshire's MP Andrew Murrison by Liberal Democrat spokesperson Ellen Nicholson, sharing the concern of many voters across the electorate on the UK's internion to renege on the withdrawal agreement that was negotiated, voted for by conservative MPs, including Andrew Murrison and signed by the government.

  • Rail fare rises ()
    Article: Sep 10, 2020
    The Liberal Democrats want the annual increase in rail fares from next January to be cancelled to save typical commuters in Wiltshire between £33 and £165 next year.
    Ellen Nicholson, Parliamentary spokesperson for South West Wiltshire, said: "We are calling on the Government to keep costs down for commuters and to bring in new types of season ticket to suit more flexible working patterns."
  • Article: Sep 7, 2020
    By Wiltshire Liberal Democrats

    The Liberal Democrats are calling for the annual increase in rail fares from next January to be cancelled, a move which would save typical commuters in Wiltshire between £33 and £165 next year, according to the party's analysis.

    The proposed 1.6% rise in fares is based on the rise in the Retail Price Index for the 12 months to July 2020.