June 2018

27 June 2018

Local AM Visits Composites Cymru

Paul is pictured with Wyn Lewis of Composites Cymru.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies recently met with Composites Cymru, a local business in Crymych to discuss support for small businesses in Pembrokeshire. Composites Cymru manufactures carbon fibre and composite parts and has been operating from Crymych for the past year.

He said, “It was a real pleasure to visit Wyn Lewis at Composites Cymru and hear more about their innovate operations. It was fascinating to hear about how composite parts are actually made for vehicles and to see this sort of business activity taking place on our doorstep. Of course, technology is forever advancing and it’s important that local businesses like Composites Cymru can continue to be competitive. There is so much potential for businesses in this sort of field and so it’s crucial that they have the support they need to expand their operations. I understand that Composites Cymru ae looking hoping to expand their business and manufacture a whole range of different parts. Therefore, l wish them the very best for the future and I will of course, look at ways in which the Assembly can help support businesses like this so that they can continue to go from strength to strength.

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Paul Davies to Take Over As Interim Leader

Following the resignation of Andrew RT Davies and a subsequent meeting of the Welsh Conservative Assembly group this afternoon, Preseli Pembrokeshire Assembly Member Paul Davies has been elected as the Interim Leader of the group. Mr Davies has served as Deputy Leader of the Welsh Conservative Assembly group since 2011. Mr Davies will assume the interim post with immediate effect.

He said, “The Assembly group has today appointed me as Interim Leader of the group, following the resignation of Andrew RT Davies this morning.

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25 June 2018

Local AM Hosts Public Meeting on Broadband Services

Paul is pictured hosting the public meeting with Leader of the House Julie James.A public meeting to discuss broadband services across Pembrokeshire was recently hosted by local Assembly Member Paul Davies. Mr Davies invited the Welsh Government’s Leader of the House Julie James, who is the Welsh Government Cabinet Secretary responsible for the roll out of broadband to address members of the public at a packed meeting in Maenclochog Community Hall.

He said, “The availability of decent broadband services has long been a problem for communities across Pembrokeshire and I’m pleased that the Leader of the House attended the public meeting to listen to the concerns of my constituents. It’s quite clear that this a priority for many people across Pembrokeshire and that was reflected in the strong attendance at the meeting. Concerns ranging from having poor access and speed, to simply not having access at all and so I hope the Leader of the House will take on-board these concerns and work to ensure that Pembrokeshire isn’t left behind in the future. It was quite clear from the meeting that people were frustrated and sometimes angry regarding being unable to access sufficient broadband services. Of course, I will continue to keep raising this issue with the Welsh Government at the Assembly and call for much needed improvements until communities across Pembrokeshire have access to the first-class broadband services that they need and deserve.”

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20 June 2018

A40 Improvements Show Need to Dual the A40

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has welcomed support from the Welsh Government to deliver improvements to stretches of road along the A40, but has reiterated his previous calls to see the entire stretch of road dualled. Following an exchange with Paul in the Assembly Chamber earlier this month, the Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Transport wrote to Assembly Members to update them on the Welsh Government’s intention to deliver improvements between Llanddewi Velfrey and Penblewin.

He said, “Whilst any improvements to the A40 are welcome, it’s clear that the A40 needs to be dualled in order to make the road safer for vehicles and to maximise Pembrokeshire’s economic potential. Dualling the road is one of the few infrastructure issues that politicians of all colours agree on and so it’s high time that this important project moves forward. The Welsh Government must exhaust every avenue and opportunity to provide funding for this project – it must negotiate with the UK Government, the European Commission and even the Irish Government, who I believe would also benefit from this road being dualled. Therefore, whilst this small step is welcome, I’ll continue to do all that I can to keep campaigning for the road to be completely dualled.”

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Welsh Conservatives press for progress on Autism Bill

Welsh Conservative, Paul Davies, continues to call on the Welsh Labour Government for progress on delivering an Autism Bill in Wales.

In a statement to the Senedd yesterday, the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Vaughan Gething, said the Welsh Government does not currently support the principle of an Autism Bill for Wales.

However, in a meeting with the Cabinet Secretary this morning, Paul Davies outlined his intention to formally introduce legislation over the next few weeks to achieve improved outcomes for the autistic community in Wales.

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Paul Davies Encourages Young Politicians to Consider Standing for the Welsh Youth Parliament

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies is calling on young political thinkers to consider standing for Preseli Pembrokeshire at the Welsh Youth Parliament. Similar to the National Assembly for Wales, the Welsh Youth Parliament will be made up of 60 Members, 40 of whom will be elected from the 40 constituencies of Wales. The remaining 20 Members will be elected by partner organisations.

He said, “The Welsh Youth parliament is a fantastic opportunity for young people to engage in Welsh politics and ensure that the voices of young people across Wales are heard. I sincerely hope that schools and youth groups will promote this initiative and help encourage as many people as possible to come forward and stand for election. Candidates must be at least 11 years old and no older than 17 by the last day of the election which is 25 November. The winning candidate for Preseli Pembrokeshire will then travel to the Assembly, just as I do, to attend meetings and vote on key issues. Applications open on 3 September 2018 and close on 30 September 2018 and I hope to see as many young people as possible taking part. You can find more information at https://www.youthparliament.wales/”

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18 June 2018

AM Attends Withybush Protest and Fun Day

Paul is pictured with local campaigner David Williams.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies recently attended a countywide protest to show his support for the campaign to protect services at Withybush hospital. Mr Davies joined campaigners from across Pembrokeshire to protest against Hywel Da University Health Board’s consultation plans which will see services downgraded at Withybush hospital.

He said, “I was delighted to join hundreds of people across Pembrokeshire and add my voice to the campaign to protect services at Withybush hospital. The sheer scale of attendees sent a clear statement to the local health board that their plans for Withybush hospital are unacceptable and that the people of Pembrokeshire will not go down without a fight.”

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11 June 2018

Paul Davies Organises Meeting to Discuss Inadequate Broadband

Assembly Member for Preseli Pembrokeshire, Paul Davies, has organised a public meeting to discuss concerns regarding inadequate access to broadband. Paul invited the Welsh Government Cabinet Member responsible for digital infrastructure, Julie James AM who will be attending. Also in attendance at the meeting will be an official from BT Openreach.

Commenting on the issue, Paul Davies said “For many years I have been campaigning for better broadband services in Preseli Pembrokeshire. It’s deeply frustrating that whilst other parts of Wales are leaping ahead with superfast broadband, many parts of Pembrokeshire still do not have access to basic services. Given the continued importance of online services in our lives, it’s absolutely vital that Pembrokeshire is well connected.”

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06 June 2018

AM Supports Glaucoma Awareness Week

Paul is pictured on the Vision Express driving simulator.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies recently attended an event hosted by Vision Express to experience for himself what it would be like to drive with glaucoma. Mr Davies attempted the driving simulator to better understand the challenges of driving with glaucoma as part of Vision Express’ campaign to raise awareness of National Glaucoma Awareness Week 2018.

He said, “I’m delighted to support the National Glaucoma Awareness Week campaign and encourage as many drivers as possible to have regular eye tests. The UK’s ageing population means that there are more older drivers on the road and so it’s crucial that we recognise the importance of taking eye health seriously. Regular eye tests not only ensure that drivers are safer on the road, but they can also identify several underlying health issues such as diabetes and high blood pressure. Therefore, I’d encourage all drivers to have their eyes tested every two years, encourage family and friends to also do so and help make our roads as safe as possible.”

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