April 2018

26 April 2018

AM Slams Proposals to Return to Dyfed

Proposals to once again merge Pembrokeshire with Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion have been criticised by local Assembly Member Paul Davies. Speaking during a Welsh Conservatives debate Mr Davies said that the Welsh Government’s plans did not carry the will of the people of west Wales and called on the Cabinet Secretary for Local Government and Public Services to engage in a meaningful discussion about the competence of local authorities before deciding on their structures.

He said, “The Welsh Government seem to be absolutely determined to recreate the old Dyfed model in west Wales, despite no appetite whatsoever from the people that live in the area. Rather than having a mature discussion with local authorities over what services we want to see delivered locally, the Welsh Government are pushing yet another consultation on these outdated and unwanted proposals. It’s time the Welsh Government drop these proposals and look at ways of modernising our public services in Wales, not recreating unpopular models from the past.”

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Love Zimbabwe Book Appeal Supported by Local AM

Paul is pictured with Martha Musonza-Holman of Love Zimbabwe.A book appeal to help stock a library in Zimbabwe has been supported local Assembly Member Paul Davies. The charity, Love Zimbabwe is currently building a library and education centre for the community of Chinamhora Village and it’s hoped that the project will provide a platform for community links and social networks between the UK and Zimbabwe.

He said, “I’m delighted to support Love Zimbabwe and help raise awareness of their project to build a new library. Education can unlock so many wonderful opportunities and it’s great to play a small role in helping facilitate this project. It’s inspiring to see the people of Wales extending the hand of friendship to the people of Zimbabwe and I hope that this relationship continues to flourish for the future. I look forward to continuing to work with Love Zimbabwe to help support the people of Zimbabwe for the future.”

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25 April 2018

Local AM Meets with Friends of the Earth

L-R: Bettina Becker, Paul Davies AM, Eleanor Clegg and Cherry Bailey.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies recently met with local branch members of the Friends of the Earth group, to discuss a number of important environmental issues including fracking.

He said, “It’s always a great pleasure to meet with the Friends of the Earth group and hear their perspective on some of the more pressing environmental issues of the day. Of course, the hotly debated issue of fracking was raised and the group made it very clear that they’re against any plans for fracking in the future. As I understand it, there are no proposals for fracking in Wales and I’ve made it clear that I currently support the moratorium on fracking until its impact on our environment and homes is properly assessed. I’m very thankful to the group for meeting me and providing me with plenty of information to scrutinise the Welsh Government with.”

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24 April 2018

Health Board Proposals Raised with Welsh Government

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has called on the Welsh Government to bring forward an urgent statement on its delivery of health services in west Wales, following plans announced by Hywel Dda University Health Board to downgrade Withybush hospital from a general hospital to a community hospital.

He said, “In light of the serious impact that the local health board’s plans will have on people living in Pembrokeshire, it’s vital that the Welsh Government bring forward a statement on the delivery of health services in the area. People across Pembrokeshire are rightly furious at these proposals – in just over 24 hours a local petition led by Myles Bamford-Lewis has raised over 8,500 signatures, showing that the people of Pembrokeshire will not give up without a fight. I’m extremely angry that the Welsh Government is refusing to bring forward an urgent statement on this matter and would rather wait to see the consultation process take place. Withybush hospital will be downgraded, regardless of which option the health board selects because there are no other alternatives for the people I represent. It’s an absolute scandal that the Welsh Government refuses to intervene on this matter and it’s not right that the people of Pembrokeshire are treated in this way.”

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19 April 2018

AM presses ahead with bespoke Autism Bill for Wales

IMG 20180411 180843Welsh Conservative Paul Davies has been visiting branches of the National Autistic Society (NAS) as part of the second consultation of his Autism (Wales) Bill.

The Assembly Member has visited a number a branches, seeking the views of local members on his draft Autism Bill and how it can better support people living with autism in Wales.

This has so far included visiting branches in Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire and Swansea.

Mr Davies ran an initial consultation last year to gauge the initial views of interested parties, before launching a second consultation on the draft Autism (Wales) Bill and its objectives.

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AM Condemns Health Board Proposals

The three proposals to reconfigure health services published by Hywel Dda University Health Board have been met with anger by local Assembly Member Paul Davies. All three options being issued for consultation will result in Withybush hospital being downgraded to a community hospital.

He said, “The three proposals that Hywel Dda health board are consulting on signify a commitment by the health board to centralise services further again and will be disastrous for the people of Pembrokeshire. I’m extremely angry that the health board continues to ignore the views of the people living in my constituency and that as a result of all these proposals Withybush will be downgraded and patients will have to travel further for vital hospital care. The health board’s own impact assessment recognises the impact of travelling further on patients (and their families) in rural and isolated areas in west Pembrokeshire and yet these proposals have still been published. I will be raising this issue as a matter of urgency with the Welsh Government and I will be doing all that I can to oppose these catastrophic proposals.”

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16 April 2018

Species Champion AM Visits Skomer Island

L-R: Ed Stubbings (Skomer Warden, Wildlife Trust), Lizzie Wilberforce (Conservation Manager, Wildlife Trust), Andrea Winterton (NRW), Local AM Paul Davies, Pat Lindley (NRW) and Dr Matt Wood (University of Gloucestershire).Local Assembly Member Paul Davies recently visited Skomer Island with the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales and Natural Resources Wales to better understand the importance of the island as a breeding site for several species including Puffins, Manx Shearwaters and Razorbills. Considered the most important seabird site in southern Britain, Mr Davies was shown some of the research and monitoring that takes place there as well as having the opportunity to discuss the important role of the Marine Conservation Zone.

He said, “The trip to Skomer Island was a real eye opener and I’m very grateful to the Wildlife Trust for their wonderful hospitality. The visit was a great opportunity to learn more about the importance of the site both domestically and internationally to a range of seabirds and to see first-hand some of the seabird conservation work. As the Species Champion for the Atlantic Puffin, it was fascinating to learn a lot more about the puffin as well as also recognising the importance of the site to such a high percentage of the global breeding population of Manx Shearwater. I will of course, be taking this experience back to the Assembly and encouraging the Welsh Government to do all that it can to support seabird conservation and research to protect some of our more vulnerable species for the future.”

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13 April 2018

Local AM Supports Bowel Cancer Awareness Month

Paul Davies, Assembly Member for Preseli Pembrokeshire is supporting Bowel Cancer UK and Beating Bowel Cancer’s campaign to help raise awareness of bowel cancer symptoms, as part of Bowel Cancer Awareness Month this April.

In April alone 188 people in Wales will be diagnosed with bowel cancer and 77 people will die of the disease. It’s the nation’s second biggest cancer killer. However, it shouldn’t be. It’s treatable and curable, especially if diagnosed early. Nearly everyone diagnosed at the earliest stage will survive bowel cancer but this drops significantly as the disease develops. Early diagnosis really does save lives, but only around 15% of people are diagnosed at the earliest stage.

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11 April 2018

Paul Davies Visits Local Autism Branch

Paul is pictured with Members of the National Autistic Society’s Pembrokeshire Branch.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies recently visited the National Autistic Society’s (NAS) Pembrokeshire Branch as part of his consultation work to deliver an Autism (Wales) Bill. Mr Davies met with branch members to discuss the delivery of autism services locally and how introducing an Autism Bill could have the potential to better the lives of people living with autism in Wales.

He said, “It was a pleasure to once again meet with members of the local NAS branch and listen to their views on ways we can improve service delivery across Pembrokeshire. I have been working to create an Autism Bill, which is currently out for consultation and it was important to hear the group’s views on the Bill. We have a real opportunity to work with the autistic community in Wales to deliver a first-class piece of legislation and it’s great that the group are so supportive. I look forward to continuing to work with the branch and others across Wales throughout the legislative process to create a Bill that is as effective as possible.”

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03 April 2018

Welsh Conservatives response to UK Government’s ban on ivory sales

Commenting on the UK Conservative Government’s announcement of a UK ban on ivory sales, Shadow Rural Affairs spokesman, Paul Davies AM, said:

“This is a welcome announcement by the Conservative Government and reaffirms the UK’s global leadership on this critical issue, demonstrating our belief that the abhorrent ivory trade should become a thing of the past.

“The ban will be the toughest in Europe and one of the toughest in the world, which will protect elephants for future generations.

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