2016

29 December 2016

Bovine TB payouts up 33% in one year

The amount of Bovine TB compensation paid to Welsh farmers has risen by an alarming 33% in just 12 months, according to new figures uncovered by the Welsh Conservatives.

According to a Written Assembly Question (WAQ) by the leader of the Welsh Conservatives – Andrew RT Davies – £14.5m was paid in compensation to farmers in 2015/16 as a result of incidences of Bovine TB.

The alarming hike in payouts came in a year where the Welsh Labour Government was forced to suspend its vaccination programme due to supply chain issues.

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16 December 2016

Local Pupil Wins AM’s Christmas Card Competition

Paul is pictured with Amelie Dash and her winning Christmas card.Local schoolgirl Amelie Dash has won an annual Christmas card competition organised by Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies. Amelie’s card design, featuring festive reindeers sought off competition from school pupils right across Pembrokeshire. Amelie’s card was selected by local artist Cynth Weyman and she was awarded a Kindle Fire by Mr Davies.

Mr Davies said: “I’m delighted to present Amelie with a Kindle Fire for winning this year’s Christmas card competition. I’m very proud of the talent shown by all the local school children in their Christmas card designs – it’s clear there’s some budding artists in our schools! I’ve received plenty of compliments from my Assembly colleagues and so congratulations to Amelie for her winning card, which was creative, festive and fun.”

He added, “I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who took part in the competition and I hope all of the children and their families have a wonderful Christmas and a very happy New Year!”

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AM Welcomes Local Pupils to the Senedd

Paul is pictured with staff and children from Milford Haven Junior School at the Senedd.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has welcomed pupils from Milford Haven to the National Assembly for Wales and taken questions from them about all aspects of public life and politics. Mr Davies talked to the children about his work as an Assembly Member and some of the local issues facing people in Pembrokeshire.

Mr Davies said: “It was a real pleasure to welcome the pupils and staff from Milford Haven Junior School to the Senedd and give them an opportunity to learn more about the Assembly and Welsh politics. It was great to see the children enthusiastic about the Assembly and asking me a lot of questions.”

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15 December 2016

Pembrokeshire Politicians Host NVZ Briefing Session

Paul is pictured with Angela Burns at the NVZ Briefing Session.Pembrokeshire politicians Paul Davies and Angela Burns have co-hosted a briefing session at the Assembly on the Welsh Government’s proposals for Nitrate Vulnerable Zones with the NFU. The briefing session provided an overview of the Welsh Government’s plans and highlighted the ways in which they will impact on farmers in Wales.

Preseli Pembrokeshire Paul Davies said: “It was a pleasure to open the briefing session and to meet with some of the farmers that are affected by these plans. The Welsh Government’s proposals will have a huge impact on Pembrokeshire farmers and it’s important that they have their say. The consultation is running until December 23rd and I’d strongly encourage everyone to feed into the consultation.

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07 December 2016

Local AM Raises Nitrate Vulnerable Zones with First Minister

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has raised the Welsh Government’s proposals for Nitrate Vulnerable Zones in the Assembly Chamber with the First Minister. Mr Davies raised the impact of the Welsh Government’s plans on farmers in Pembrokeshire and asked for a justification of them, given that they would leave farmers at a competitive disadvantage.

Mr Davies said: “The Welsh Government has a choice whether to go ahead or not with its proposals for Nitrate Vulnerable Zones in Wales and it’s quite clear that both of the proposals would put Welsh farmers at a disadvantage. Farmers in Pembrokeshire will be particularly affected by these plans and so it’s important that the Welsh Government recognises its impact and offer support to farmers who will be forced to meet any new regulations.

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06 December 2016

Paul Davies Visits Local Farm to Discuss NVZs

Paul is pictured with officials from the Pembrokeshire NFU branch.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies recently visited Duckspool Farm in Wiston to meet with officials from the Pembrokeshire NFU branch to discuss the Welsh Government’s proposals for Nitrate Vulnerable Zones. The Welsh Government has issued a consultation on its plans for Nitrate Vulnerable Zone designations, which will close on 23rd December.

Mr Davies said: “It was a pleasure to meet with officials to discuss the Welsh Government’s consultation on Nitrate Vulnerable Zones in Wales. Sadly, neither of the options put forward by the Welsh Government are acceptable to farmers in Pembrokeshire, who are already facing tough market conditions and bovine TB restrictions. The Welsh Government’s plans will have serious financial consequences for local farmers, many of whom simply cannot afford to build additional storage facilities.”

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05 December 2016

Paul Davies Hosts Local Autism Surgery

L-R: Isobel Sutcliffe, local Assembly Member Paul Davies and Helen Brandrick.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies recently hosted an advice surgery in Haverfordwest with the National Autistic Society’s Pembrokeshire branch. The surgery gave Mr Davies the opportunity to meet with local people living with autism in the County and to discuss ways in which they can be better supported.

Mr Davies said: “I was delighted to hold an advice surgery with the sole purpose of discussing autism in Pembrokeshire, given the number of longstanding issues that people living in the area continue to face. I’d like to thank the National Autistic Society for their support in putting together the surgery and I look forward to continuing to work with the local branch to deliver better outcomes for people with autism in Pembrokeshire.”

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Local AM Visits Crymych Pharmacy

L-R: Local Assembly Member Paul Davies is pictured with local community pharmacist Phil Parry.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies recently visited Crymych pharmacy to learn more about the work of community pharmacists and to discuss some of the challenges facing pharmacists in Wales.

Mr Davies said: “It was a pleasure to visit Crymych pharmacy and learn more about the challenges that local pharmacies are currently facing. We already know that community pharmacies, such as Crymych pharmacy, are delivering a number of important health services to the local area and it’s important that we continue to do all that we can to support them.”

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29 November 2016

Paul Davies Supports White Ribbon Day

L-R: Sgt Catrin Thomas, Paul Davies AM, Jenny Hart (Domestic Abuse Co-ordinator), Vicky Glanville (Spectrum Officer), PC Trish Dixon, Mr Phil HartLocal Assembly Member Paul Davies recently attended an event to show his support for International White Ribbon Day (25th November) and help the campaign to end violence against women. Mr Davies attended the local event at Tesco in Haverfordwest wearing a white ribbon, and signed a pledge never to commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women.

Mr Davies said: “I’m pleased to support this very important cause and do all that I can to help the campaign to end violence against women. We all have a duty to make our communities a better place and educate our children and young people that violence is never the answer.”

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21 November 2016

Pembrokeshire Politicians Oppose Further Paediatrics Downgrading

Pembrokeshire Assembly Members Paul Davies and Angela Burns have expressed their anger and frustration at the news that Hywel Dda University Health Board plans to reduce the hours of the paediatric ambulatory care unit (PACU) at Withybush Hospital by another four hours a day. The changes would see the service open daily from 10am to 6pm instead of 10am-10pm.

Preseli Pembrokeshire Assembly Member Paul Davies said, “I’m extremely angry that the local Health Board are making plans to reduce the number of hours that the paediatric ambulatory care unit will be open at Withybush Hospital. Only a few weeks ago the Cabinet Secretary for Health made it clear in the Assembly Chamber that local families are being assured that they can continue to access services as they do now and do not need to make changes in how they access care. Well clearly the Welsh Government needs a much more robust dialogue with the Hywel Dda health board because that’s not the message that’s being heard in Pembrokeshire. Any further changes to this service would be catastrophic and the Welsh Government should urgently intervene to address this matter once and for all.”

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16 November 2016

Paul Davies Attends Parkinson’s Pierhead reception

Paul is pictured with local constituents Valerie George and Anne Johnson.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies recently attended an event hosted by Parkinson’s UK, to discuss increasing access to therapeutic services for people with Parkinson’s. Mr Davies met with local constituents Valerie George and Anne Johnson who discussed the local activity of the Pembrokeshire Parkinson’s branch and the need for more financial support to help the branch deliver its treatments and activities.

Mr Davies said: “I was delighted to attend the Parkinson’s Pierhead event and learn more about the patches in provision across the Hywel Dda health board area. It’s estimated that 299 people have Parkinson’s in Pembrokeshire and it’s crucial that we do all that we can to ensure that they have access to the treatments, support and services that they need.

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14 November 2016

Paul Davies Raises Concerns over Lloyds Bank Closures

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has expressed his disappointment at the news that Lloyds Banking Group are set to close three branches across Pembrokeshire, of the forty nine branches earmarked for closure across the UK.

Mr Davies said: “I’m very disappointed and frustrated that Lloyds Bank have decided to close three branches in Preseli Pembrokeshire, which I believe is wholly disproportionate to the number of nationwide closures. These banks are a lifeline for many people living in and around those communities and their closure will have a devastating impact on local high streets.”

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10 November 2016

Response to BVA President's comments on Bovine TB

Responding to the British Veterinary Association President’s comments on Bovine TB, shadow rural affairs secretary, Paul Davies AM, has said:

“Labour’s failure to put the necessary measures in place to tackle the scourge of Bovine TB continues to have a huge impact on our rural communities - both emotionally and economically.

“To date, the action taken has not gone far enough in eradicating this awful disease and we hope this latest intervention by Dr Neil Paton is given serious consideration by the Welsh Government.

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08 November 2016

Paul Davies Raises Concerns over Brawdy Closure

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has expressed his disappointment at the news that Brawdy’s Cawdor Barracks will close in eight years. Cawdor Barracks is one of 50 sites that the Ministry of Defence is planning to dispose of between now and 2040.

Mr Davies said: “I’m extremely disappointed and frustrated that the UK Government has decided to close Cawdor Barracks in 2024 as part of its Defence Estate plans. The soldiers of Cawdor barracks and their families are a huge support to our local economy and it’s crucial that Governments at all levels carefully monitor the effect of this decision on Pembrokeshire’s local economy.”

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Local AM to discuss Goodwick GP Situation with Health Board and Local Practice

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies is due to meet with representatives from Hywel Dda University Health Board and the local surgery, following the news that a local GP will no longer be providing services at the surgery.

Mr Davies said: “I’ve been contacted by local residents who are rightly concerned about the GP services on offer at their local surgery and it’s absolutely crucial that everything possible is done to ensure that the same level of services are provided. This is a serious matter and steps must now be taken to ensure that appointments are made available to local people, so that they can receive a diagnosis and receive treatment as soon as possible. I will be meeting with local health board officials and the local surgery in due course, with a view to resolving this matter quickly so that the practice can get back to delivering local health services in Goodwick.”

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