March 2018

27 March 2018

DAVIES: World Autism Awareness Week

This week marks World Autism Awareness Week. For many autism charities it’s a fantastic opportunity for schools, workplaces and individuals to take part in activities to raise money and awareness of autism.

There’s still a great deal of work to be done to help start addressing some of the many hurdles faced by Wales’ autism community.

Against this backdrop and whilst the topic of autism is high on the political agenda, we have an excellent opportunity to reiterate the case for primary legislation here in Wales to put services for people living with autism on a statutory footing.

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22 March 2018

AM Hosts Blue Cross Exhibition at the Senedd

Paul is pictured with Blue Cross representatives Anna Wade and Becky Thwaites.An exhibition focusing on the online sale of pets in Wales has been hosted by Preseli Pembrokeshire Assembly Member Paul Davies. The exhibition, arranged by animal welfare charity Blue Cross, briefed Assembly Members and staff on the dangers of selling pets online and highlighted the number of adverts placed in each constituency in Wales. Mr Davies’ constituency, Preseli Pembrokeshire saw 444 online adverts last year on the leading three classified websites and the Mid and West Wales region saw 7037 adverts.

He said, “I was delighted to welcome Blue Cross to the Senedd and sponsor their exhibition. The event was a great opportunity for Assembly Members to learn about the scale of online pet sales in their constituencies and regions and I’m delighted that so many Assembly Members attended the exhibition and showed their commitment to pet welfare. Blue Cross has produced an excellent report on online sales in Wales highlighting some of the very real concerns that people face buying pets over the internet. I will continue to work with my colleagues to raise this matter with the Welsh Government and look at ways in which we can tackle some of the issues that online trading presents.”

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20 March 2018

Concerns Raised as Plans for Old Dyfed Model Back on the Cards

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has expressed his frustration at the Welsh Government’s plans to reconsider merging Pembrokeshire with Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion under a ‘Dyfed’ model of local governance. The Welsh Government has issued a green paper outlining its proposals which could see the number of councils across Wales scaled down from 22 to 10.

He said, “I’m extremely disappointed that once again the Welsh Government is looking at centralising local authorities across Wales, particularly given that Pembrokeshire councillors of all parties have previously made it clear that they are against a merger with Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion. Any proposals to reform local government in Wales must be cost-effective and carry the will of the people that it represents and we’re still yet to see any evidence that the Welsh Government’s plans meet this criteria. Let’s not forget Pembrokeshire has an international reputation that has been established in its own right – and that local brand and identity must be protected.”

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AM Visits Local Spitfire Museum

L-R: Local MP Stephen Crabb, Mr Ray Burgess, local AM Paul Davies.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies recently visited the Welsh Spitfire Museum in Haverfordwest ahead of the 100th anniversary of the formation of the Royal Air Force in April. Mr Davies visited the museum along with local MP Stephen Crabb and heard more about its plans to develop a military reference library as their expanding collection of literature is now at almost 5,000 pieces.

Mr Davies said, “It was a pleasure to visit the Welsh Spitfire museum and have a look around the fuselage and the various exhibits. We’re very fortunate to have such a unique attraction on our doorstep and I’d encourage everyone to go and visit the museum. It was interesting to hear that a military reference library is now being developed and I look forward to visiting it when it opens. I wish the museum every success and I’m very grateful to the volunteers who have been so committed to protecting the artefacts and promoting our military history. Of course, there’s always room for more volunteers and so if this is something that you’d be interested in, please visit the museum’s website at http://welshspitfire.org/.”

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16 March 2018

Pembrokeshire Coast Scoops Top Countryfile Award

Responding to the news that Pembrokeshire Coast has been voted the UK's Holiday Destination of the Year in the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards 2018, local Assembly Member Paul Davies said:

“I’m delighted that Pembrokeshire has been rightly recognised for its outstanding landscape. Pembrokeshire really has it all; from breath-taking beaches, beautiful mountains and plenty of interesting attractions. As someone who lives in Pembrokeshire, we can sometimes take what we have on our doorstep for granted and so it’s important that we take a moment to enjoy living in such a remarkable place. We must also remember the hard work that goes into conserving our local environment and I’d like to extend my thanks to everyone who helps to keep Pembrokeshire as beautiful as it is. This award is recognition of that hard work.”

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Paul Davies Raises Health Board Plans with Cabinet Secretary

Preseli Pembrokeshire Assembly Member Paul Davies recently raised Hywel Dda University Health Board’s plans to transform services in the Assembly Chamber with the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Services. Mr Davies reiterated his opposition to any plans that would see services downgraded from Withybush hospital or the hospital removed in its entirety. In responding to the question, the Cabinet Secretary refused to give any details but confirmed that he’d had broad conversations with the Health Board about its plans.

Mr Davies said, “The future of services at Withybush hospital continues to be one of the biggest issues facing people living in Pembrokeshire and so I make no apology for continuing to raise this matter with Welsh Government Ministers. We know that the Health Board will shortly be consulting on their plans to transform services and so it’s important that the Welsh Government confirms that funding has been put aside for each of the options. I remain completely opposed to any plans that will result in services being removed from the hospital and any plans that will see the hospital being closed down completely. I’m also sceptical that the options put forward will be affordable and it’s essential that the health board and the Welsh Government confirm the affordability of each of the options alongside the consultation. The Cabinet Secretary refused to confirm whether the Welsh Government has guaranteed that funding will be made available for whichever options the local health board decides and so it begs the question, if the Welsh Government cannot guarantee the funding, then what is the point of consulting on any options at all?”

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14 March 2018

Paul Davies Supports WWF Cymru’s Earth Hour 2018

Paul is pictured at the Earth Hour event in the Senedd.Preseli Pembrokeshire Assembly Member Paul Davies pledged his support for WWF’s Earth Hour campaign 2018 – the global movement to protect our planet. Every year, millions of people across the world show their love for our planet and their commitment to protecting it by taking part in WWF’s Earth Hour.

Last year in Wales, an estimated 280,000 took part in WWF’s Earth Hour, as did every single local authority in the country. Iconic Welsh landmarks like the Senedd in Cardiff Bay, the National Library in Aberystwyth, and Caernarfon and Caerphilly castles all went dark.

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13 March 2018

Paul Davies Co-sponsors Rural Oscars

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies recently co-sponsored the Countryside Alliance awards at the Senedd (Wednesday 7th March). The Countryside Alliance awards, Wales’ premier rural business awards – are often known as the Rural Oscars and are held annually to celebrate Wales’ rural enterprises and award those businesses that have made an overwhelming commitment to their local economy and community.

Mr Davies said, “It’s always a pleasure to attend the Countryside Alliance awards and celebrate some of Wales’ finest rural businesses. Pembrokeshire was very well represented by businesses including Ken Davies Ai Fab from Crymych and Siop Y Pentre from Cilgerran. I’m delighted that St Dogmael’s Local Producers Market came away with an award in the ‘Local Food’ category and Sarah Eynon of Siop Sarah in Maenclochog was awarded the Rural Hero Award for over 30 years’ service to her community. The awards ceremony was a great opportunity to hear more about how Governments at all levels can support rural businesses and how we can better promote their goods and services. Therefore, I’d strongly encourage everyone to make a concerted effort to support local businesses and help keep Pembrokeshire producers and suppliers on the map for years to come.”

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Local AM Attends International Women’s Day Celebrations

Paul is pictured at the book launch of Rocking the Boat, with Prof Angela John.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies showed his support for International Women’s Day (Thursday 8th March) by attending the National Assembly for Wales’ programme of events to showcase the suffrage movement in Wales. An exhibition was held, with items and photographs throughout history, showing the rise of the movement both in Pembrokeshire and right across Wales. Mr Davies also attended the book launch of “Rocking the Boat” written by local historian Professor Angela John.

Mr Davies said, “International Women’s Day is a global movement that recognises the progress made by women and it’s important that the Assembly promotes the Suffrage movement and highlights the good progress being made across Wales. It was fascinating to attend the exhibition and see images of Emmeline Pankhurst addressing crowds in Haverfordwest and schoolgirls in St Dogmael’s supporting the rights of women to vote. Of course, whilst good progress has been made, much more can be done and I look forward to working with colleagues from all parties and Governments to advance this agenda.”

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08 March 2018

Paul Davies Supports World Kidney Day

Paul is pictured at the Paul Popham event in the Assembly.Preseli Pembrokeshire Assembly Member Paul Davies recently attended an event at the Senedd to show his support for World Kidney Day 2018. The event showcased the work of the Paul Popham Fund, Renal Support Wales and in particular its befriending service which provides support to renal patients by involving suitably experienced and trained renal patient volunteers who themselves are renal patients or carers.

Mr Davies said, “It was a pleasure to meet with the Paul Popham Fund ahead of World Kidney Day and learn more about their plans for the future, including their plans to extend their services to Pembrokeshire. There’s an estimated 10,000 people living with a renal condition in Wales and so it’s important we ensure support and guidance is made available to patients undergoing renal treatments.”

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