2014

18 December 2014

Local AM Raises Transport Concerns

Paul outside Withybush HospitalConcerns surrounding a lack of ambulances across Pembrokeshire have been raised with the Health Minister, thanks to local Assembly Member Paul Davies. Mr Davies has written to the Minister, following concerns that there is a severe lack of ambulances available in the local area and that in some circumstances, ambulances from other parts of Wales are being parachuted in to transport patients from Pembrokeshire.

Mr Davies said, "Whilst ambulance staff across Pembrokeshire and indeed, across all of Wales continue to work hard to reach those in need, there is a growing concern amongst communities in the local area that ambulances are simply not available to transport patients between Withybush and Glangwili hospitals, following the local health board's disastrous reorganisation plans."

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16 December 2014

Support Small Businesses This Christmas

With Christmas fast approaching, local Assembly Paul Davies is encouraging the people of Pembrokeshire to support their local businesses this year. Mr Davies' call follows the publication of data by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales which show four of Wales's 40 constituencies have the lowest average annual turnover per business in the whole of the UK, though thankfully it doesn't include Pembrokeshire.

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Paul Davies Presents Prize to Christmas Card Competition Winner

L-R: Mrs Roberts (Headteacher of St Francis Catholic Primary School, Milford Haven), Phoebe Whitwham (competition winner), Cynth Weyman (Pembrokeshire artist and judge of the competition), Paul Davies AMLocal Assembly Member Paul Davies has visited St Francis Catholic Primary School in Milford Haven, to present Phoebe Whitwham with a prize for winning his Christmas card competition this year. Phoebe was handed a kindle, for producing the winning Christmas card, which detailed Father Christmas and his reindeers delivering presents through a colourful Christmas scene. Phoebe's class will also receive an art lesson at their school from the judge and local artist, Cynth Weyman.

Mr Davies said, "I was delighted to present Phoebe with a kindle for winning this year's Christmas card competition. Phoebe's card was excellent and really summed up the hustle and bustle of the Christmas period. She saw off stiff competition from right across Pembrokeshire, where many children produced some really artistic designs."

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Paul Davies Supports Wrap Up Wales Campaign

Paul is supporting Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water’s ‘Wrap Up Wales’ campaign With the winter now here, local Assembly Member Paul Davies is supporting Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water's 'Wrap Up Wales' campaign which urges customers to make sure that the water pipes in their homes are protected to avoid the disruption and expense frozen pipes can cause. The company is urging people to spend a few moments to protect their pipes from bursting and causing damage that can run into thousands of pounds.

The problem is usually linked to pipes that are exposed to very low temperatures, such as those in garages and outhouses. These expand when it freezes, causing a burst when they thaw and a repair is then urgently needed.

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02 December 2014

Paul Davies Responds to Latest Withybush Reports

Commenting on reports surrounding A and E services at Withybush hospital, local Assembly Member Paul Davies said, "I'm appalled that A and E services at Withybush hospital could be at risk. Once again the people of Pembrokeshire are being treated like second class citizens and it's quite clear that there is a drive to centralise services away from this area. I cannot make it any clearer – any moves to downgrade A and E services would be dangerous and would put lives at risk, which is totally unacceptable."

"The health board has promised the Health Minister that it can envisage no circumstances in which 24-hour emergency care at Withybush will not be provided – and there are serious concerns that this will no longer be the case.

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28 November 2014

Paul Davies Debates Faith Tourism

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies recently took part in a debate on faith tourism and religious buildings in the Assembly Chamber. The debate, tabled by the Welsh Conservatives recognised the importance of Wales' religious buildings and welcomed the Welsh Government's Faith Tourism Action Plan.

Paul Davies said, "I was pleased to take part in the debate on religious buildings and the role that they can play in boosting the Welsh economy. Pembrokeshire fortunately houses a number of religious buildings, most notably St David's Cathedral, which attracts thousands of visitors to the County each year."

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20 November 2014

Pembrokeshire AMs Promote Ports!

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has co-hosted a reception with Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire AM Angela Burns, celebrating the work of the Welsh ports industry. The sector supports over 3,000 jobs in Wales and in 2013, Welsh ports handled 58.9m tonnes – a contribution of 12 per cent of the total tonnage through UK ports.

Mr Davies said, "I was delighted to co-host an event celebrating Welsh ports at the National Assembly for Wales. The reception was a great opportunity to engage with the sector and listen to ways in which the Assembly can help better support the industry. Locally for example, tackling issues such as transport infrastructure, supporting businesses and attracting inward investment would be a huge support to Fishguard and Milford Haven ports."

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18 November 2014

Preseli representatives push Health Board on future of local services

Preseli Pembrokeshire politicians Stephen Crabb MP and Paul Davies AM last week met with the interim Chief Executive of Hywel Dda Health Board, Karen Howell, to raise concerns about the future of services at Withybush.

Stephen and Paul urged the Health Board to be transparent in their future plans, following community concerns about the future of Paediatric and Cancer services.

They were also keen to find out what steps are being taken to address staff shortages and stressed the need for the new Chief Executive, Steve Moore, to regain the trust of Pembrokeshire people when he takes up his role in the New Year.

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17 November 2014

Paul Davies Urges Pembrokeshire to ‘Get Ready for Winter’

With winter on the way, local Assembly Member Paul Davies has today called on his constituents to ensure they are taking advantage of free help and support with energy bills. Supporting the British Gas "Get Ready for Winter" campaign, Mr Davies is encouraging households across Pembrokeshire to contact their energy suppliers to find out how they can best prepare for the winter months.

Mr Davies said, "There are a number of simple steps that every household should take to make sure they're doing all they can to keep their bills down and their homes warm this winter. Whether it's checking your current energy tariff, or loft and cavity wall insulation, there are options out there. Help is available and I urge everyone to get in touch to find out what advice and support is on offer."

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12 November 2014

Cautious welcome for A40 dualling exploration

Paul Davies AM next to A40 near HaverfordwestCommenting on the update from the Welsh Government on support for workers at the Murco oil refinery in Pembrokeshire and the commitment to explore the dualling of the A40 from St Clears to Fishguard, Paul Davies, Assembly Member for Preseli Pembrokeshire, said:

"I have campaigned for the dualling of the A40 from St Clears to Fishguard for years and welcome moves to explore its potential.

"You can travel along continuous dual carriageway from eastern Europe to Ireland apart from this stretch through Pembrokeshire, which is a barrier to investment and makes it more difficult for West Wales firms to compete.

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11 November 2014

Local AM Encourages Groups to Apply for free junior kits

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies is encouraging groups across Pembrokeshire to take advantage of free junior football kits that have been made available through McDonalds. 250,000 kits are expected to be provided to accredited UK FA teams up and down the country to help support grassroots football across the United Kingdom.

Mr Davies said, "I'd like to encourage as many groups as possible from across Pembrokeshire to make an application to McDonalds and receive free junior football kits. This scheme will certainly help relieve some of the financial burden off clubs that have to renew a number of team kits each season. Accredited clubs will be able to apply from early 2015 and you can find out more at www.mcdonalds.co.uk/betterplay"

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10 November 2014

Labour’s £2million stationery bill

Welsh Conservatives have welcomed new figures which show an 80% fall in the Welsh Labour Government's stationery bill, but have questioned why it was so high in the first place.
In 2009, Welsh Labour Ministers and staff spent £2million on stationery. The bill halved in 2010 to £917,000, before falling again in 2011. The figures, uncovered by the Deputy Leader of the Welsh Conservative Group, Paul Davies AM, also reveal that last year, the Welsh Labour Government's stationery bill was £424,000.

The bill for the first six months of 2014 was £200,000, suggesting an austerity drive may have reduced the Welsh Government's stationery bill to a fifth of what it was prior to the last general election. Nick Ramsay AM, Shadow Minister for Finance, said, "These figures suggest the Welsh Labour Government has rooted out wasteful spending in its stationery budget, having reduced it by an astonishing 80% in the past four years.

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Rheumatology Patients Will Once Again Receive Vital Treatment

Rheumatoid arthritis patients at Withybush hospital will be able to access the biologic treatment that they need, from 14th November. The provision of biologic medication had recently been suspended due to a staff shortage, leaving patients with chronic arthritic conditions unable to receive the treatment they need.

Mr Davies said, "I'm pleased that rheumatoid arthritis patients and that biologic treatments are now available for patients that need them. Suspending biologic treatment would have had a devastating impact on those with serious arthritic conditions, and patients were rightly worried by this situation. However, I now believe that from the 14th November, patients will once again have access to the treatments they so desperately need."

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07 November 2014

Open Surgery Held For Murco Employees

Both Preseli Pembrokeshire representatives, Paul Davies AM and Stephen Crabb MP held a joint 'open surgery' in Milford Haven today to enable Murco employees and the wider community to discuss the devastating news announced this week of the collapse of the oil refinery's sale.

Paul Davies said "It was very important to hold the surgery to give people the opportunity to ask questions given the very sad circumstances. Understandably people were very concerned about their futures, and were questioning why the sale process had collapsed so late in the day. Naturally the people we met were gutted and clearly very concerned about their prospects."

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05 November 2014

Local AM Attends New War Memorial Unveiling

Preseli Pembrokeshire Assembly Member, Paul Davies recently attended the unveiling of a new war memorial in Goodwick. To commemorate the centenary of the First World War, the Fishguard and Goodwick branch of the Royal British Legion raised funds to erect a war memorial on Goodwick High Street.

Following the unveiling Mr Davies said, "I was honoured to be present for the unveiling of the war memorial in Goodwick. This memorial is a timely reminder of the sacrifice of Welsh soldiers in past conflicts and it's only right that those servicemen and women who lost their lives for our country should receive this kind of public recognition. It's absolutely crucial that we remember the sacrifices that the armed forces and their families made – and continue to make – every day for the safety of our country."

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