May 2014

28 May 2014

Local AM Joins Crowds for Queen’s Baton Relay

Local AM Paul Davies is pictured with guests to watch the Queen’s baton relay.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies joined crowds in St David's to watch the Queen's baton relay pass through Pembrokeshire. A total of 177 people will carry the baton throughout Wales, which contains a message to athletes from the Queen. The baton relay comes ahead of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow this year.

Mr Davies said, "I was delighted to watch the Queen's baton pass through Pembrokeshire. It's a great honour for the local area to be involved in the relay, and I would like to place on record my thanks to everyone who supported it. The baton bearers did their jobs excellently, and they were well supported by the local community."

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16 May 2014

Social Services are failing deaf people, say Charity

Thousands of deaf people in Wales are failing to get vital support from social services, a hearing loss charity claims today. Action on Hearing Loss Cymru (formerly RNID) is calling on the Welsh Government to ensure that the new Social Services and Well-Being Bill makes a real difference to the 534,000 people in Wales who are deaf and hard of hearing.

Currently almost 4 out of 5 people diagnosed with hearing loss (78%) leave audiology unaware of support available to them and 75 per cent of social services departments in Wales do not offer bespoke communications support or textphone numbers, meaning people are not able to access appropriate assessments.

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14 May 2014

Paul Davies Encourages You to Support Your Local Pub

Paul is pictured behind the bar at Eddies, Haverfordwest.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has highlighted the importance of protecting pubs across Wales in a recent debate at the Senedd. Mr Davies talked about the importance of pubs to the tourism industry and how in rural areas, like Pembrokeshire, pubs are important community resources.

Mr Davies said, "The local pub should be at the heart of any community, but sadly here in Wales, three are closing every week. In Pembrokeshire, pubs strengthen our rural economy, provide jobs for local people and contribute to making the local area more attractive."

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09 May 2014

Labour flogs River Lodge white elephant

The Welsh Labour Government has approved the sale of a hotel it controversially bought with £1.6million of taxpayers' money amid plans to turn it into a Chinese martial arts centre.

In 2012, a scathing Wales Audit Office report concluded that the purchase of the River Lodge Hotel in Llangollen provided no benefits to the taxpayer, that Ministers paid more than its value and that decisions surrounding the purchase were flawed.

Ministers wasted a further £200,000 maintaining the derelict hotel, but plans to develop a kung fu centre there collapsed.

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08 May 2014

Local AM Welcomes Report to Improve Wales’ resilience to Coastal Flooding

A major report published by Natural Resources Wales, which made 47 recommendations to improve Wales' resilience to coastal flooding in the future, has been welcomed by local Assembly Member Paul Davies.

Speaking at the Senedd, Mr Davies said, "This is a very important report which states that while national defences held up in the majority of cases and that response co-ordination was effective, there were still exceptions where flooding did occur and it's vital that we learn the lessons as to why those incidents occurred and whether they could have been prevented."

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07 May 2014

Local AM Welcomes War Graves Funding Boost

Pte Hubert “Stokey” Lewis’ war memorial in Milford HavenLocal Assembly Member Paul Davies has welcomed the UK Government's commitment to restoring the war graves of Victoria Cross recipients across the United Kingdom, which includes restoring the grave of local recipient Pte Hubert "Stokey" Lewis in Milford Haven. This new funding provides a significant boost to the 'Honour Our VC Heroes' campaign launched by the Sun newspaper, in association with the Victoria Cross Trust.

Mr Davies said, "I'm delighted that the UK Government is committed to honouring our war heroes, and that Pembrokeshire could also receive funding to restore a grave locally. This funding could certainly go some way to replacing the broken sundial on Stokey Lewis' memorial. We must all ensure that future generations are fully aware of how their ancestors fought bravely for our country."

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02 May 2014

Hywel Dda Confirms Service Models to be Implemented from August

Service models were confirmed by Hywel Dda health board following the establishment of the Maternity, Neonates, Paediatrics and Gynaecology Programme Board. The service models will be implemented from August 2014, where Withybush Hospital will lose three obstetric training doctors, whilst also being unable to safely staff paediatrics and neonatal services.

Mr Davies said, "I'm appalled that the Health Minister and the local health board have decided to steamroll ahead with these controversial plans. The Health Minister has made it clear that there would be safety nets in place for midwifery units, and yet this latest announcement confirms that more obstetric doctors will be lost from Withybush hospital. Given that midwives do not perform Caesarean sections, what will happen if there's an emergency during labour, and a caesarean is urgently required?"

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For the Love of Pembrokeshire, we must act on climate change, says Local AM

Paul is pictured with Haf Elgar of Stop Climate Chaos Cymru.For the love of the food on our plates. For the love of our global neighbours. For the Love of Snowdon, Barry Island and Llangrannog.

Proclaiming his love for Pembrokeshire, Paul Davies AM supported the launch of the For the Love of... campaign, at an event organised by Stop Climate Chaos Cymru (SCCC) at the Senedd on (Wednesday 30 April).

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