Nicola Horlick, investment fund manager and NHS champion, to be Lib Dem candidate

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Kensington and Chelsea LibDems have announced that businesswoman and campaigner Nicola Horlick is the Liberal Democrat PPC for Chelsea and Fulham.

Nicola has a long successful track record as a an investment fund manager, working for a string of well-known companies such as S.G.Warburg – later Mercury Asset Management and Morgan Grenfell as well as founding her own investment businesses and film finance companies. She supports UNICEF, Great Ormand Street Hospital and Just a drop, a charity which works for clean drinking water worldwide.

The Lib Dem party website says:

Nicola…has long been connected to the Liberal Democrats and to Chelsea & Fulham. Living in the area, working in Hammersmith, Nicola is ready to turn what was once a safe Tory seat into a win for the Liberal Democrats and Remain and represent your views properly.

Nicola has supported the Liberal Democrats all her life and, like her sense of social justice, it’s in her blood. Her father was Michael Gayford, our candidate in the 1970s for the Wirral constituency, and Nicola grew up in a family steeped in political debate.

Now she feels it’s her time to step forward:

I have to take a stand after the extraordinary events of the last few weeks. We must fight against Brexit and restore order to government after the chaos created by the Conservatives…

The last three years have been totally absorbed by the Conservative party tearing itself apart and having no clear vision for the country outside of Brexit. It has taken all the bandwidth of Parliament, governing the country has gone on hold, and the business of running the country has been forgotten in favour of first Theresa May and now Boris Johnson trying to hold their party together and fend off Nigel Farage.

The things that really matter to the people of Chelsea and Fulham, and the country have been ignored. Labour seems to be even more confused over Brexit. Only the Liberal Democrats can fix the mess.

* Paul Walter is a Liberal Democrat activist. He is one of the Liberal Democrat Voice team. He blogs at Liberal Burblings.

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  • Tristan Ward 3rd Oct '19 - 7:21pm

    Not another of those fiercely socialist anti-business Liberal Democrats.

  • Martin Land 3rd Oct '19 - 9:29pm

    Hope we are planning to have some Lib Dems as our candidates in London

  • Ross McLean 3rd Oct '19 - 9:59pm

    Martin Land – The article says she has been a supporter of the party all her life. She has now decided to stand for it in her own area, and the members there clearly have confidence in her as a Liberal Democrat so have selected her. Do you have any particular knowledge of her that gives you reason to believe she is not a Liberal Democrat?

  • According to this article, dated September 19, 2016, Nicola Horlick became a member of the Lib Dems three years ago (she might have supported Lib Dems for a longer time even). I wonder how long must one be a member before becoming a real Lib Dem?

  • Tony Harris 4th Oct '19 - 8:08am

    What great news. I have always admired Nicola. I can fully understand how somebody could be a Lib Dem supporter for many years before joining as a member. I voted Lib Dem for fifteen years before ‘signing the pledge’. I was going to join up earlier but got scared off because, being in business at the time, many of the official forms I was asked to sign specifically asked the question ‘are you a member of a political party’. It was just easier to answer ‘no’. When I retired and/or changed my roles it was no longer an issue. However, I did apply to become a magistrate a few years ago and the question was asked on the application form. I have often wondered my answer ‘yes’ affected my chances or not. Who knows! Personally, I think it is nobody’s business whether you are a member of a political party or not and the question should be removed from application forms. Welcome Nicola!

  • Lorenzo Cherin 4th Oct '19 - 1:29pm

    A fine candidate.

    We should abolish approved list nonsense and shortlist elite committees.

    All members of a few months should be able to extend interest in them , each should stand and run a campaign, with several hustings.

    The party is no more welcoming or less than others as far as selection, though is extremely welcoming to members on their joining.

    To have a panel of two or three decide who should be on a list of two or three is absurd and draconian limiting choice.

    The US show the way. We should have what allowed Alexandria O- C to win, as a method here.

  • Richard Underhill. 2nd Nov '19 - 4:59pm

    Tristan Ward 3rd Oct ’19 – 7:21pm No. She was on BBC Radio 4 Question Time this week.
    Patrick 3rd Oct ’19 – 8:59pm She said in The Times that she does not like the “superwoman” handle because she had help, the true superwoman being an unmarried mother on the tenth floor of a block of flats.
    At 15 she delivered leaflets for her father’s candidacy.

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