July 2018

24 July 2018

Urgent Action Needed to Improve 4G and 5G Coverage Across Rural Wales

Welsh Conservatives are urging the Welsh Government to change planning laws in order to enable the building of higher telecommunications masts in Wales at the Royal Welsh Agricultural Show in Builth Wells this week.

The annual agricultural Show, the largest of its kind in Europe, is a fantastic showcase of the very best that rural Wales has to offer and yet it also serves as an opportunity to highlight some of the key issues faced by rural communities. Poor mobile coverage is one of those key challenges in Wales and it must be addressed in order to help ensure that rural Wales can thrive and prosper going forward.

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20 July 2018

Pembrokeshire Assembly Members learn about Finn’s Law

Assembly Members Angela Burns and Paul Davies are pictured with pupils from Redhill Prep School.Pembrokeshire Assembly Members Angela Burns and Paul Davies recently welcomed pupils from Redhill Prep School, Haverfordwest to the National Assembly for Wales. The pupils visited Cardiff Bay as part of their on-going campaign to get backing for Finn’s Law, which provides greater protection for service animals.

In October 2017 police dog, Finn was stabbed multiple times along with his handler PC Waddell whilst attempting to apprehend a criminal. Miraculously, Finn made a full recovery within 11 weeks, but this is not the case across the nation. The current law means that the suspect was only charged with criminal damage to property, suggesting Finn was no more important than a scratched car or a broken window.

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18 July 2018

Autism Bill Introduced on the Floor of the Senedd

Interim Welsh Conservative Leader Paul Davies AM has formally laid his Autism (Wales) Bill before the National Assembly.

Following the summer recess, the bill will be scrutinised by Health and Social Care Committee.

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Withybush Petition Raised in Assembly Committee

A petition opposing plans to downgrade services at Withybush hospital has been discussed by the Assembly’s Petitions Committee. A request for an Assembly debate on the petition, which gathered over 40,000 signatures, will now be sent to the Business Committee in order to schedule the debate for some time during the next Assembly term.

Commenting on the petition’s progress, local Assembly Member Paul Davies said, “I welcome the fact that the petition is one step closer to being debated in the Assembly Chamber. I myself have brought forward several debates on the future of health services at Withybush hospital and I wholeheartedly support this petition. Once the debate has been scheduled, I will of course, take part and make it absolutely clear once again that I do not support Hywel Dda Health Board’s plan to centralise and downgrade services in Pembrokeshire.”

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17 July 2018

First Minister Should Be Ashamed over Welsh Government Failures at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board

In First Minister’s Questions today Interim Welsh Conservative leader Paul Davies AM highlighted the serial failings at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board and the horrendous impact that those shortcomings have had on patients across North Wales.

A report last week from Donna Ockenden made it clear that management failures at the Board had directly contributed to the disgraceful events at Tawel Fan and to numerous other instances of sub-standard patient care.

Mr Davies said:

“The First Minister should be ashamed of his Government’s management of Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board.

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Legislative Programme’s lack of ambition marks the beginning of the end of the Welsh Labour Government

Carwyn Jones’ final statement on the Welsh Government’s law-making priorities for the year ahead have been branded “unambitious, last-minute scribblings of a tired administration” by the Welsh Conservatives.

One of the proposals to be brought forward is a ban on wild animals from performing in travelling circuses, something Welsh Conservatives have been calling for in recent years.

Legislation to merge councils is likely to face much contention following fierce opposition from the Welsh Local Government Association over the past few months after being told they will have to merge voluntarily, or have t imposed upon them.

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12 July 2018

First Minister Challenged Over Lack of Support for Children with Learning Disabilities

Interim Leader of the Welsh Conservative group Paul Davies AM has today challenged the First Minister over his Government’s record on supporting children and young people with learning disabilities

This follows the damning report published by the Children’s Commissioner for Wales, which showed significant failings in the delivery of support for children and young people with learning disabilities.

However, the Welsh Labour Government has consistently failed to take decisive action to deliver a step change in the level of support offered to those children and young people who have learning disabilities

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04 July 2018

AM Attends Withybush Hospital Petition Handover

Paul is pictured with Assembly colleagues receiving the petition from Myles Bamford-Lewis.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies recently met with campaigners from across Pembrokeshire who travelled to the Senedd to submit a petition opposing plans to downgrade services at Withybush hospital. The petition, signed by over 40,000 people, was presented to the Assembly’s Petitions Committee by local health campaigner Myles Bamford-Lewis.

He said, “I was delighted to welcome campaigners to the Senedd and receive their petition alongside my Assembly colleagues. It was great to see so many people come together and make it absolutely clear that any plans that will result in the downgrading of services at Withybush hospital are simply unacceptable. The sheer enthusiasm for the campaign was felt by all who attended and showed that we will not give up without a fight. The petition has clearly gathered a huge amount of signatures, which will hopefully secure a debate in the Chamber and I look forward to taking part and standing up for my constituents. I will continue to oppose these disastrous proposals and work with campaigners in Pembrokeshire and colleagues at the Assembly until we see these proposals dropped and services protected at Withybush hospital.”

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03 July 2018

First Minister challenged over Welsh Labour’s NHS funding record

In First Minister’s Questions today Interim Welsh Conservative leader Paul Davies AM challenged Carwyn Jones on his Government’s record on funding the NHS in Wales.

Mr Davies highlighted the fact that the First Minster remains the only UK leader to have cut an NHS budget – and that his own Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social services has recently admitted that the Welsh Government’s decision to deliver a cash flat budget settlement “didn’t work”.

Mr Davies then pushed the First Minster on whether he would commit to ensuring that increases in NHS funding delivered by the UK Government would be matched in Wales.

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