June 2016

28 June 2016

Welsh dairy farmers’ income set to plummet by 40%

New data has shown that the projected income of Welsh dairy farmers is set to decrease by 40% for this financial year.

Published today by the Welsh Government, a report entitled ‘farming facts and figures’ reveals that farm incomes are forecasted to fall considerably in 2015-16.

The average income of farmers is set to fall by 16.9% - £29,500 to £24,500 – whereas the picture is doubly bleak for dairy farmers, whose income is set to drop from £70,400 to £42,000.

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27 June 2016

Paul Davies Hosts Youth Rotary Event

Paul is pictured with Youth competition winners and District Governor Chris Williams.Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies has hosted an event on behalf of the South Wales Rotary movement, celebrating its work with young people and commitment to local communities across Wales. Mr Davies also handed awards to participants and winners of the Young Photography and Young Writer competitions.

Mr Davies said, “It was a pleasure to host such a wonderful event and welcome so many young people to the Senedd. There was a wealth of excellent work on display from young people right across South Wales and it was a good opportunity to showcase their talent.”

He added, “It’s always a pleasure to support the work of the Rotary movement, given their huge commitment to our local communities. Today’s event showed just how Rotary is working to develop confidence and communication skills in our young people and long may their good work continue.”

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23 June 2016

Withybush Services Will Not Be Returned by New Cabinet Secretary

Preseli Pembrokeshire Paul Davies has received a letter from the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Well-being and Sport stating that the Welsh Government will not return the special care baby unit and full-time paediatric services to Withybush hospital.

Mr Davies said, “Once again the Welsh Government has had an opportunity to do the right thing and once again they’ve failed the people of Pembrokeshire. The Cabinet Secretary is convinced that his centralisation agenda is resulting in safer services when in reality his Government’s decisions could put lives at risk.”

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22 June 2016

Local AM pledges to the Count Them In campaign

Paul is pictured at the Count Me In event.Preseli Pembrokeshire Paul Davies has declared his support for The Royal British Legion’s ‘Count Them In’ campaign which calls for questions on the Armed Forces community to be included in the next UK Census. It is estimated that there are currently between 6.5 million and 6.7 million members of the Armed Forces community living in the UK, representing about a tenth of the population[i]. Yet little is known about the exact numbers, location and needs of this significant group. Including new questions on the next census would provide public bodies, and charities with information to ensure they are able to deliver the best services they can for our Armed Forces community.

Mr Davies said, “I was pleased to meet with RAF veteran Andy Davies and representatives of the Royal British Legion to discuss the Count Me In campaign. It’s crucial that more is done to build a better future for the armed forces community in Wales and the first step in doing so is ensuring that information is appropriately collected through the census, so that we can start delivering the services that our armed forces families need.”

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Paul Davies is Pembrokeshire’s Puffin Champion

Paul is pictured at the Wales Environment Link’s Species Champion event.Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies is supporting the Wales Environment Link (WEL) Species Champions initiative, by pledging to support the Puffin. The work of Species Champions will be important in ensuring that Wales meets the international target under the Convention on Biological Diversity to halt the loss of biodiversity by 2020.

Mr Davies said, “It’s a privilege to be involved in such an important campaign. I’m delighted to support the Puffin given their natural habitat is just off the coast of Pembrokeshire. This campaign is a great opportunity for politicians to connect with our local wildlife, understand more about the role of nature and help preserve these species for our future generations.”

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17 June 2016

Caravan Park Gets Into The Swing Of The New Season With New £40,000 Playground

Happy young holiday makers at Torbant Caravan Park are pictures with Creative Play’s Tim Broster who oversaw the installation of the new playground, Jane Williams, Torbant Caravan Park Manager, and Assembly Member Paul Davies who officially opened the new playground.A caravan park near Haverfordwest has invested £40,000 in a new playground which is designed to help young holiday makers keep fit as well as have fun.

Assembly Member Paul Davies was there to officially open the new facility at Torbant Caravan Park in Croesgoch which was designed, manufactured and installed by outdoor play experts Creative Play.

The Chester-based family firm’s popular Trim Trail range formed the basis for the new outdoor activity area which saw a complete overhaul of the former playground which had been there for 15 years and is now a third bigger.

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16 June 2016

Paul Davies Raises Services at Withybush with New Cabinet Secretary

In the first session of oral questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Well-being and Sport, local Assembly Member Paul Davies called on the new Secretary to honour the Assembly election result in Pembrokeshire and re-establish services at Withybush hospital.

Local AM Paul Davies said, “At the recent Assembly election elections, I stood on a platform to see services returned to Withybush hospital where they belong and the people of Pembrokeshire supported that. Therefore, the new Cabinet Secretary has a moral obligation to honour the result in Pembrokeshire and give the electorate what they want – their hospital services back.”

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15 June 2016

Paul Davies is named Rural Affairs Spokesperson

Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies has been announced as the Welsh Conservative spokesperson for rural affairs for the Fifth Assembly. Paul’s new portfolio will cover areas such as farming and agriculture, food and drink and animal welfare.

Mr Davies said, “I’m honoured to be appointed as the Welsh Conservative spokesperson for rural affairs. Preseli Pembrokeshire is a rural constituency, where the local farming and agricultural sector are vital to the local economy and so it’s great to represent my Party on topics of particular interest to my constituency.”

He added, “There are some significant challenges facing our rural communities and I look forward to working with rural industries and stakeholders to scrutinise the Welsh Government’s record of delivery in this area.”

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Welsh Conservatives call on Welsh Government to end its “dithering” over bovine TB to prevent growing cattle slaughter

Welsh Conservatives have raised concerns that the Welsh Government does not have a current policy to eradicate bovine tuberculosis (TB), and called on them to “end their dithering” on the issue.

Yesterday the NFU Cymru published Government figures which revealed a staggering year on year increase of 78% in the number of cattle slaughtered in Pembrokeshire as a result of bovine TB.

Speaking in the Senedd Chamber yesterday, Deputy Leader and Shadow Spokesperson for Rural Affairs, Paul Davies AM, addressed the Leader of the House and urged the Government to bring forward its strategy for tackling TB.

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10 June 2016

Pembrokeshire Politicians Meet with Health Board Officials

Pembrokeshire Assembly Members Paul Davies and Angela Burns recently met Hywel Dda University Health Board’s Chair, Bernardine Rees, OBE and Chief Executive, Steve Moore. The meeting took place at the start of the Fifth Assembly and was convened to discuss a number of key health issues facing people living across Pembrokeshire.

Preseli Pembrokeshire Assembly Member Paul Davies said, “It’s crucial that politicians like myself and Angela have an opportunity to meet with the local health board to discuss local health issues. Reinstating the special care baby unit and full-time paediatrics at Withybush hospital is my top priority as the re-elected Member for Preseli Pembrokeshire and the local health board know that I will continue to campaign to see those services back where they belong.”

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02 June 2016

Carers Week 2016 Supported By Paul Davies

Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies is pledging his support for Carers Week 2016. Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges that carers face and recognising the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK. 370,000 people in Wales currently care for a disabled, ill or older family member or friend. Research for Carers Week 2015 revealed that carers are experiencing huge variations in the level of support and recognition they get from their local community. As a result, this is putting their health and ability to look after the person they care for at serious risk.

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