Nick Wakeling for Islington North
The Liberal Democrats are the only major party that supports a People’s Vote on any EU Deal and is campaigning for the UK to remain a full member of the European Union.
This issue was the catalyst for Nick becoming involved in politics and embodies the convictions he will bring as the next MP for Islington North:
- To improve people’s life choices, especially of the young, by providing the freedom, education, healthcare and other resources to succeed on their own terms, and
- To work across borders on the big issues that no country can manage alone - trade, security, organised crime, international development and environmental protection.
Nick’s policy priorities are four-fold:
- To ensure our schools have the funding and resources they need so every child can develop their talents to the full;
- To provide adults with the opportunity to learn new skills and gain meaningful work;
- To invest in the NHS in particular the long-neglected area of mental health; and
- To lead the world in addressing the causes and consequences of climate change.
Why the EU matters
Nick sees continued membership of the European Union as fundamental to achieving these priorities because of what it means for our ability to fund public services, for our influence on the world agenda, and for our identity as a diverse and open community.
He is also driven by the fact that although up to 80% of Islington residents want the UK to remain in the EU, the current MP Jeremy Corbyn, has repeatedly failed to represent them. In February 2017 Mr Corbyn refused to back an amendment to the Article 50 Bill that would have guaranteed EU citizen rights, and in December 2018 finally admitted that he would continue with Brexit if in government.
Nick and the Liberal Democrats are Islington North’s only true voice for Europe.
Nick has lived in Islington for over 15 years, his wife teaches at a local secondary school and their young son goes to the local Islington primary.
Like many in the borough, Nick is from a multicultural background: his father was born in London, his mother is Spanish, and his wife is Australian. His path to becoming Parliamentary Candidate for Islington North was similarly international: he qualified as a solicitor in London and as a barrister in Melbourne, completed a masters in Barcelona, worked in a high street branch in New Delhi and now works as an accountant and senior finance manager in a new high street bank in the UK. He has also acted as mentor to teenagers in Tower Hamlets, and to small businesses across London through the Southbank University Escalator Programme.
All his working life, Nick has sought to help people grow businesses, create jobs and improve their lives, whether here in the UK or overseas including in the face of extreme poverty in India.
If that makes him a ‘citizen of nowhere,’ then he wears that badge with pride.
Putting beliefs into practice
In 2015, Nick co-founded a charity when his then three-year old niece was diagnosed with cancer.
The charity, Alice’s Arc, has raised over £300k to help children with cancer by funding work by the Institute of Cancer Research into the genetics and treatments of childhood sarcomas, and by funding the provision to children of high cost treatments otherwise not available on the NHS.
Nick also volunteers for the local Islington food bank, campaigns for green space and social housing at the former Holloway Prison site, and serves as governor of his son’s local primary school.
Nick knows that politics only works if we keep talking to each other, exchanging views and offering support where it’s needed; you can contact him here: