2017

24 May 2017

Local AM Backs Dogs Die in Hot Cars Campaign

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies is supporting a Thunderclap campaign to raise awareness of the risks of leaving dogs unattended in a car or other vehicle. The campaign, led by several animal welfare charities, is reminding people that a car can become as hot as an oven very quickly, even when it doesn’t feel that warm. When the weather is 22 degrees outside, in a car it can reach an unbearable 47 degrees within the hour.

Mr Davies said, “This is such an important campaign and I’m pleased to do all that I can to help raise awareness of the dangers of leaving dogs in vehicles when the temperature is hot. It’s important that everyone recognises the signs of overheating in dogs, which include panting, disorientation, excessive thirst, dark gums, vomiting, diarrhoea and losing consciousness. If you see a dog in distress or suffering from any of these symptoms in a hot car, then please dial 999.”

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Paul Davies Visits Jig-So

Paul is pictured with Jig-So’s Linda Grace.Preseli Pembrokeshire Assembly Member Paul Davies recently visited Jig-So Children’s centre to learn more about the delivery of services in North Pembrokeshire. Jig-So run a number of childcare programmes and courses, including a “Baby Explorer” group for parents, language and play sessions and even a food hygiene course.

Mr Davies said, “It’s always a pleasure to visit Jig-So and hear more about their plans for the future. The programmes that are currently on offer are delivered to the highest calibre and really do provide a lifeline to families in the area. It’s this sort of practice that the Welsh Government must look to roll out in other parts of the country, so that all families can have access to these resources and services. The team at Jig-So are committed to delivering the highest possible services and it’s great to see Jig-So continue to go from strength to strength.”

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18 May 2017

Local AM Attends Epilepsy Awareness Event

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has recently attended an epilepsy awareness event at the Senedd in Cardiff Bay to help raise awareness of some of the challenges faced by people living with epilepsy in Wales. 1 in 94 people in Wales currently have epilepsy and of those diagnosed, 1 in 10 are children under the age of 18 and 1 in 5 will have learning difficulties.

Paul Davies said, “I was delighted to attend the epilepsy awareness event to learn more about the challenges facing patients and families of those with this condition. There’s currently around 20,000 – 30,000 people with epilepsy in Wales, meaning that it’s three times more common than multiple sclerosis and more than three times as common as Parkinson's disease and cerebral palsy. The sheer scale of epilepsy prevalence in Wales shows that information, training and support is essential. It’s time for the Welsh Government to deliver much more accessible services for the epilepsy community in Wales and I will continue to campaign alongside Epilepsy Wales to see these services delivered.”

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Local AM Supports Dementia Awareness Week

Paul is pictured on the Senedd steps, showing his support for Dementia Awareness Week 2017.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has shown his commitment to supporting people affected by dementia, by helping raise awareness of dementia with Alzheimer’s Society Cymru. Mr Davies joined Alzheimer’s Society Cymru to mark Dementia Awareness Week 2017 and is supporting the campaign’s Statement of Opinion, tabled by Angela Burns AM.

Mr Davies said, “I’m pleased to show my support for Dementia Awareness Week and to hear more about the important work done by Alzheimer’s Society Cymru to make Wales a more dementia-friendly place. By 2055, there will be over 100,000 people living with dementia in Wales and so it’s absolutely crucial that we work together to improve care and services.”

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10 May 2017

Paul Davies Supports Blood Bikes Wales

Paul is pictured on one of the bikes with a Blood Bikes representative.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has recently attended a reception to raise awareness of Blood Bikes Wales, a voluntary organisation, which provides an out-of-hours emergency motorcycle courier service to hospitals across Wales. They provide the service, free of charge and are funded by public donations.

Mr Davies said, “I’m delighted to show my support for Blood Bikes Wales and help raise awareness of the important work that the riders do. I understand that for every £1 donated to the service, the NHS saves £5, so the whole concept is a win-win for everyone. The riders are all volunteers who give up their free time to transport urgent medical supplies such as blood, plasma, test samples and other items between health sites. I pay tribute to all the riders, who are providing an invaluable service to our health service and I sincerely hope that the public continue to support this worthwhile cause.”

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08 May 2017

Paul Davies Backs New Petition to Reinstate Hospital Services

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies is supporting a new petition led by Save Withybush Action Team (SWAT) calling for the return of 24 hour consultant led obstetrics, paediatrics and SCBU (Special Care Baby Unit) to Haverfordwest. The new petition comes in light of Dr Chris Overton’s review of Hywel Dda’s perinatal outcomes, which looks at evidence from the audit of the All Wales Perinatal Survey (AWPS) 2012-16 and the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecologists’ (RCOG) Each Baby Counts initiative in 2015.

Mr Davies said, “I’m pleased to once again add my voice to those campaigning to see services re-established at Withybush hospital. Dr Overton’s review highlights the significant impact that the Welsh Government’s centralisation of services has had on perinatal mortality in Pembrokeshire. Therefore, it’s crucial that in light of this new evidence, we all work together to press the Welsh Government to reverse their centralisation agenda and reinstate our much-needed services. I will of course, be raising this matter directly with the Welsh Government as soon as the opportunity presents itself and I encourage everyone across Pembrokeshire to download the petition via the SWAT Facebook page and make sure you show your support.”

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13 April 2017

Local AM backs campaign to stop online abuse of rural communities

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies is supporting the Countryside Alliance’s Thunderclap campaign targeted at combating the online abuse and bullying of people from the countryside. The campaign calls on social media platforms to take online threats seriously and take action by standing up to those who incite hatred and violence.

Mr Davies said, “I’m pleased to support such an important campaign. The growth of social media in recent years has developed more opportunities for people to be threatened and it’s important that action is taken to protect individuals from abuse online. People working and living in rural communities do not speak up against online threats often enough and we must work together to address that problem and encourage people to come forward. No one should be subjected to bullying and intimidation online and so I urge the people of Pembrokeshire to stand together and support the Countryside Alliance’s thunderclap campaign.”

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12 April 2017

Local AM Supports #YoungLivesVsCancer Campaign

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies is supporting a campaign led by CLIC Sargent to better support children and young people who are diagnosed with cancer and their families. The CLIC Sargent campaign is calling for more national patient experience data and for a review of the financial support available for young cancer patients and their parents.

Mr Davies said, “It’s heart-breaking that three in five (61%) parents had accumulated some form of debt as a result of their child’s cancer diagnosis and that one in six (17%) has borrowed over £5,000. It’s unfair that families across Wales are facing unnecessary stress and anxiety by having to worry about their finances when a child or young person is fighting cancer. I’m happy to support calls to review the financial support available to families during cancer treatments and I sincerely hope that the Governments across the UK will work with the third sector and other stakeholders to address this issue as a matter of urgency.”

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11 April 2017

Paul Davies Meets with Cohousing Hafan Lâs

Paul is pictured with Jan Waite and Eleanor Clegg.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has recently met with representatives of cohousing Hafan Lâs to discuss proposals for an intended eco-cohousing community in Pembrokeshire. The group’s aim is to establish low-impact, affordable homes with at least a third of the residents over the age of 50, in order to promote multigenerational living.

Mr Davies said, “It was a real pleasure to meet Jan and Eleanor from Hafan Lâs to discuss cohousing in Pembrokeshire. The group’s proposals are affordable, environmentally sound and innovative. The cohousing community would also house a real mix of people from all ages, creating a truly cohesive community, where everyone works together to manage the area.”

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04 April 2017

Post-EU support for Welsh farmers must be ring-fenced, say Welsh Conservatives

The Prime Minister’s recent speech outlining the UK Government’s plans for leaving the EU rightly emphasised the importance of engaging with the devolved nations throughout the process.

Throughout the negotiations there will inevitably be discussions around the future of the powers which will be repatriated from the European Union once we have left, and decisions on the transfer of those responsibilities will have to be taken in collaboration with devolved administrations – not independently of them.

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03 April 2017

Rural school closures have “ripped heart out of communities”, says AM

School closures have “damaged the economy of rural Wales” and “ripped the heart from local communities”, according to an Assembly Member.

The statement – from Welsh Conservatives’ Shadow Education Secretary Darren Millar AM - comes in response to newly released figures from the Welsh Labour-led Government which show that since 1999, 224 local authority maintained schools have been closed with rural areas worst affected.

Data drawn from the Schools Register show that Carmarthenshire has closed 26 schools since the establishment of the Assembly in 1999 – the largest number of all Wales’ 22 local authorities.

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30 March 2017

Paul Davies Welcomes funding boost for Wave Energy Demonstration Zone

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has welcomed the announcement from the Welsh Government that more than £300,000 has been approved for a technical and commercial feasibility study into the Pembrokeshire wave energy demonstration zone.

Mr Davies said, “This is very welcome news for the marine energy sector in Pembrokeshire. This vital funding will result in a number of important developments including a technical feasibility study and identifying an appropriate delivery model.”

He added, “Pembrokeshire has some of the best marine energy resources in the world and this vital funding will go some way to ensuring that Pembrokeshire remains a global player for the future.”

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Paul Davies Calls for A40 Dualling in Pembrokeshire

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has once again called on the Welsh Government to dual the A40 in Pembrokeshire, following the announcement of the Swansea Bay City Region deal, agreed between the UK Government, the Welsh Government and local partners. Mr Davies called for the A40 to become a dual carriageway in order to make the most of the impact of this proposal on communities in Pembrokeshire.

Mr Davies said, “While Governments at both ends of the M4 press ahead with important economic announcements like the Swansea Bay City Region deal, it’s crucial that areas like Pembrokeshire also maximise the opportunity to deliver improvements to its local infrastructure. For too long Pembrokeshire has suffered a neglect in infrastructure investment compared to other parts of Wales and recent road closures have once again highlighted the very real need to see this road dualled as soon as possible. I’m pleased that the First Minister said he would consider new transport priorities following the Swansea Bay City Region deal and I look forward to hearing more about how these priorities will deliver improvements for the people of Pembrokeshire.”

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29 March 2017

Paul Davies Attends Red Cross Lifesaving Learning Session

Paul is pictured with members of Cardiff Youth Council at their “Save a life” session at the Senedd.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has attended a short learning session organised by the British Red Cross and Cardiff Youth Council to learn valuable resuscitation skills. Over 30,000 out of hospital cardiac arrests happen in the UK every year and less than 1 in 10 people survive. Initiating CPR can double the chances of survival.

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Paul Davies AM selected to bring forward Autism Bill

Welsh Conservative AM – Paul Davies – will have an opportunity to bring forward an Autism Bill in the National Assembly for Wales after being selected in a ballot for backbench legislation.

The Preseli Pembrokeshire AM is one of a number of Welsh Conservative AMs to have championed an Autism Bill in recent years, and he is now seeking cross-party support for legislation to support the estimated 34,000 people in Wales living with autism.

Speaking after the ballot, Mr Davies said:

“The autism community is crying out for proper statutory identity, so that local authorities and health boards have a clear set of duties on the statute book.

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