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General practice nurse in bid to become Lib Dem MP

General practice nurse in bid to become Lib Dem MP

A leading general practice nurse is in the running to become a member of parliament at the next general election.

Ellen Nicholson, national safety and learning lead for general practice at NHS Resolution, has been selected as the Liberal Democrat candidate for the Runnymede and Weybridge constituency in Surrey, the party has announced.

Ms Nicholson, who is Queen’s Nurse and co-chair of the Royal College of Nursing’s GPN Forum, is currently a borough councillor in Woking, and also sits as a governor for Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Ms Nicholson is currently on secondment from her role at NHS Resolution, looking at the themes and trends of claims data within general practice, to work with the Royal Surrey NHS Trust and Surrey Heartlands Integrated Care System, leading on discharge pathways.

She holds a BSc (Hons) Nurse Practitioner and an MA Advanced Practice and Independent prescribing qualification from Bournemouth University, as well as a BSc (Hons) from the Open University.

Following her selection to run in the election – the date of which has yet to be announced – Ms Nicholson said: ‘I am honoured to have this amazing opportunity to represent the Liberal Democrats. The people of Runnymede and Weybridge need a proactive champion who is vocal, addressing the issues they care about.’

The constituency is currently represented by conservative MP Ben Spencer, who won the seat in 2019 with a majority of 18,270 votes over the Labour candidate in second place. The Liberal Democrats finished third, 1,756 votes behind Labour.

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