2017

20 July 2017

GSK Charity Funding Up for Grabs!

Applications are now open for the 2018 GSK IMPACT Awards – a scheme which recognises and rewards UK charities that are helping to improve health and wellbeing in their communities. Run by healthcare company GSK in partnership with The King’s Fund, the Awards are a prestigious mark of achievement in the health charity sector and have been running for 20 years.

Charities that are at least three years old and have an annual income of between £80,000 and £2.5 million are encouraged to apply and be in with a chance of being named one of possibly ten annual winners receiving £30,000 in unrestrictive funding. An overall winner is awarded an additional £10,000 and up to ten runner-up organisations which each receive £3,000.

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19 July 2017

Paul Davies Supports Veterans Art Exhibition

Paul is pictured with Barry John MBE and the mother of the late Danny King.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has sponsored an art exhibition at the Senedd on behalf of the VC Gallery. The exhibition ‘Window into Pembrokeshire’ is a memorial art exhibition for Danny King, who was the Project Manager of the VC Gallery in Haverfordwest.

Mr Davies said, “I’m honoured to sponsor this fantastic exhibition, which shows the range of Danny King’s work – he was clearly a creative and talented man. Art engagement is at the very heart of the VC Gallery’s work and they continue to run several important art projects across Pembrokeshire. The whole ethos of the VC Gallery is to bring veterans into the community through art and I commend Barry John MBE and all involved in the organisation for the positive impact that it’s had on local communities across Pembrokeshire.”

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10 July 2017

Local AM Supports British Gas’ Smart Meter Technology

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies is supporting British Gas’ #EnergyInnovation campaign and urging people across Pembrokeshire to learn more about smart meter technology. According to British Gas’ statistics, 3,325 smart meters were installed in Preseli Pembrokeshire by the end of June.

Mr Davies said, “I’m delighted to help raise awareness of smart meter technology and how it can help families and businesses across Pembrokeshire. Smart meters give people a much greater insight into how much energy they’re using and the interactive tool My Energy, not only gives a detailed breakdown of customers’ energy use but provides tips to make further savings. Technology is evolving and smart meters are a great way of using technology to meet the needs of energy users. I hope the people across Pembrokeshire will learn more about the benefits of smart meter technology and consider having a meter installed, to help better engage with their energy suppliers.”

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Autism Bill will “clear pathways to diagnosis”

Failure to properly diagnose children with autism can make self-harm more likely, according to experts.

It is feared that some children are suffering with mental health issues because of problems with getting them assessed for their special needs.

Welsh Conservatives have long called on the Welsh Government to give more support to the estimated 34,000 people in Wales living with autism.

They argued that ministers should bring forward specific autism legislation that already exists in England and Northern Ireland.

Preseli Pembrokeshire AM, Paul Davies, is currently bringing an Autism Bill through the Welsh Assembly, having been drawn successfully from a ballot for back-bench legislation.

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Paul Davies Visits Fields Lodge

Paul is pictured with Jayne Hancock (owner), Tyler Carridge, Joanne Roberts.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has recently visited Fields Lodge, a bed and breakfast close to Milford Haven, to discuss some of the challenges facing the local tourism industry. Mr Davies sampled one of Fields Lodge’s renowned breakfast, whilst discussing ways the Welsh Government can better support the Pembrokeshire tourism sector.

Mr Davies said, “It was a pleasure to visit Fields Lodge to discuss with owner Jayne Hancock some of the issues facing local tourist operators. Fields Lodge is fast developing an excellent reputation for itself and after sampling their breakfast I can certainly see why Fields Lodge won the Pembrokeshire Tourism Award for Finest Pembrokeshire Breakfast in addition to a host of other awards.”

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06 July 2017

Local AM Attends Hope for the Middle East Report Launch

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has recently attended the launch of a report on Christian communities in Syria and Iraq. The Hope for the Middle East report, written in partnership with Middle East Concern, Served and the University of East London, which outlines the persecution faced by Christian communities in Syria and Iraq and how the international community can better protect and support those communities.

Mr Davies said, “It was an honour to attend the launch of the Hope for the Middle East report and to learn more about how we can support Christian communities in the Middle East that are facing persecution. It’s so important that the international community comes together to promote messages of tolerance, respect and peace and helps rebuild communities that have been victim to violence and sectarianism. I’m pleased to pledge my support to this important campaign and I look forward to working with Open Doors UK and other charities to do all that I can to help support those communities in greatest need.”

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05 July 2017

Paul Davies Supports Withybush Petition Handover

Paul is pictured with Dr Chris Overton and petitioners as well as David Rowlands AM, Chair of the Petitions Committee and Simon Thomas AM.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has supported a petition submitted by Dr Chris Overton, SWAT Chairman, calling on the Welsh Government to retain safe, effective and accessible health care services for the people of Pembrokeshire.

Mr Davies said, “I’m pleased to continue to support any campaigns to return services to Withybush hospital. The people of Pembrokeshire have seen several services centralised further afield and it’s simply unacceptable. My constituents deserve access to first-class local services and should not be forced to travel further afield for lifesaving treatment.

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Paul Davies Raises War Memorials Protection in Assembly Chamber

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has once again raised the issue of the protection of war memorials in Wales. Responding to a Welsh Government statement on the historic environment, Mr Davies asked the Cabinet Secretary to provide more information on how the Welsh Government is protecting war memorials across the country.

Mr Davies said, “I’m delighted to once again raise the important issue of protecting war memorials. I have long campaigned for more action to protect our military heritage, as it plays an essential part of the cultural and social fabric of our country. It’s so crucial that future generations can, not only remember the sacrifices made by so many for our freedoms, but learn about previous conflicts and develop a greater understanding of how we have become the nation we are today. Following my question in the Chamber, I’ve written to the Cabinet Secretary once again to ask for an update on the Welsh Government’s work on this issue and I look forward to his response in due course.”

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04 July 2017

Anger as Welsh Government reveals less than 10% spent of €1bn EU-backed rural programme 3 years after launch

Just 10% of a flagship €1bn fund earmarked for rural development in Wales has been spent – despite the funds having been received by the Welsh Government more than 3 years ago.

According to a Written Assembly Question received by Welsh Conservative Leader, Andrew RT Davies, just £92.1m of payments have been made since June 2014, when the EU-backed Rural Development Programme 2014-20 was launched.

All approved projects will be fully funded even if they continue beyond the UK’s departure from the EU.

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29 June 2017

Paul Davies Supports Too Young for Arthritis Campaign

Paul is pictured with Gaynor Funnell, Dr. Jeremy Camilleri, consultant rheumatologist at the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff. and Aimee Dworakowksi, who lives in Pembrokeshire and has childhood arthritis.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies is supporting a campaign to establish a tertiary multidisciplinary paediatric rheumatology service to be established in South Wales. Mr Davies recently attended a networking event of rheumatology and arthritis charities, where he met with local resident Darren Dworakowski and his daughter Aimee, who lives with childhood arthritis.

Mr Davies said, “I’m proud to support the Too Young for Arthritis campaign and call for a specialist paediatric rheumatology centre or full dedicated multidisciplinary paediatric rheumatology services to be established in Wales. It’s very disappointing that Wales is the only home nation without such a centre and therefore children like Aimee do not have access to services closer to home. It’s crucial that the Welsh Government take on-board the views of those families living with childhood arthritis and work to establish a centre in Wales, so that children in Wales are not disadvantaged compared to their neighbours in England and Scotland.”

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Paul Davies Attends ColegauCymru Exhibition

Paul is pictured with Iestyn Davies, CEO of ColegauCymru and a representative of Adult Learning Wales.Local AM Paul Davies has recently attended an interactive Further Education (FE) exhibition, hosted by ColegauCymru. The exhibition showcased the work of several FE colleges and institutions from across Wales with a number of interactive activities including using robotics, nail painting, ceramics and virtual reality.

Speaking from the Senedd, Mr Davies said, “This interactive exhibition is a fantastic way to learn more about the scope of education and training offered in further education and to learn more about how the sector supports the lifelong learning agenda in Wales. FE Colleges, like Pembrokeshire College play a vital role in offering a range of academic and vocational courses, not just to young people between the ages of 16 and 21, but to students of all ages. The exhibitions showed the range of courses on offer and it’s great to see these colleges and institutions making education and learning much more accessible to our communities and encouraging learning to people at all ages of life.”

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Local AM Celebrates One Year as Puffin Champion

Paul is pictured with Sharon Thompson, Head of Policy & Advocacy at the RSPB.Preseli Pembrokeshire Assembly Member Paul Davies has attended an event to celebrate one year of being a Species Champion. The event, hosted by the Wales Environment Link gave Members the opportunity to discuss how best to promote Wales’ vulnerable species.

Mr Davies said, “I’m very proud to be a species champion, particularly for the Atlantic Puffin and I will continue to do all that I can to protect local puffins from any threats to their existence. Sadly, the Atlantic Puffin is on the Amber List of UK Birds of Conservation Concern and so it’s crucial that we all redouble our efforts to protect the puffins.”

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28 June 2017

Local Politicians Attend Public Meeting on Speeding Issues

Paul is pictured with Huw Griffin (Senior Engineer, Traffic Engineering of the South Wales Trunk Road Agency) and Chris Davies (Area Engineer West).Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has recently attended a public meeting with Pembrokeshire County Councillor Bob Kilmister to bring forward interested stakeholders to discuss road safety and speeding in Dinas Cross. The meeting was also attended by representatives of Pembrokeshire County Council and the South Wales Trunk Road Agency and discussed a range of local speeding issues in the area.

Mr Davies said, “The public meeting was a great opportunity to engage with local people and with those involved keeping the area as safe as possible. The meeting gave attendees the opportunity to air their views on how we can best tackle the concerns surrounding speeding through the village and the risk it poses to pedestrian safety. For my part I will continue to make representations to the Welsh Government and to the South Wales Trunk Agency on this issue, whenever the opportunity presents itself.”

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21 June 2017

TB eradication scheme must not lead to “flurry of regulations”

Welsh Conservatives say they will support an “all-encompassing” scheme to tackle bovine TB, but call for cast-iron guarantees that the Welsh Government’s new scheme won’t lead to extra red tape.

Responding to today’s statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Environment & Rural Affairs, Shadow Agriculture Secretary, Paul Davies, said:

“We want to see decisive action from the Welsh Government to tackle a disease that is having a devastating impact on Welsh farming. I am pleased that at long last the current Cabinet Secretary is starting to take the necessary steps to remove this disease from the wildlife population as well as tackling the disease in cattle.

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20 June 2017

DAVIES: Statement on Committee Chairs allocation

Welsh Conservative Business Manager and Chief Whip, Paul Davies, has criticised opposition parties following the decision to reallocate some Committee Chairs in the National Assembly.

Commenting outside the chamber, Mr Davies AM, said:

“It is unacceptable, deeply undemocratic and frankly worrying that the National Assembly for Wales proposes to operate in this manner.

“Welsh Conservatives believe the National Assembly should honour and respect the Presiding Officer’s original determination, however opposition parties have decided to show a complete disregard for the Standing Orders and political balance of this place.

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