October 2018

25 October 2018

Paul Davies Hosts Farming Consultation Event at the Senedd

(L-R): Dafydd Jones (Wales YFC Chair) John Davies (NFU Cymru President) Glyn Roberts (FUW President) and Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies recently hosted a briefing session at the Assembly on the Welsh Government’s proposals for farming post-Brexit with NFU Cymru and the Farmers’ Union of Wales. The briefing session provided an overview of the Welsh Government’s plans and discussed the impact the proposals would have on farmers in Wales.

Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies said: “It was a pleasure to host the joint briefing session and hear how the Welsh Government’s proposals could affect the agricultural industry in Wales post-Brexit. It goes without saying that the Welsh Government should be working with Welsh farmers, not against them. In my own constituency, I know that ending the direct payments system could have a huge impact on local farmers as agriculture is the very backbone of Pembrokeshire’s economy – and this will be the same for other rural communities too. Therefore, I’m urging everyone involved with farming across Wales to get involved with this important conversation and make their voices heard loud and clear”.


Paul Davies Gets On the Bike for the Royal British Legion

Paul recently took part in the Royal British Legion’s annual Poppy Ride.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies recently took part in the Royal British Legion’s annual Poppy Ride. Cycling 2km in five minutes, Mr Davies joined Assembly colleagues on the exercise bikes at the Senedd to help raise awareness of the work of the Royal British Legion across Wales and to say a big thank you to the armed forces community in Wales.

Mr Davies said, “It’s always an honour to take part in the Royal British Legion’s annual Poppy Ride and show my support for Wales’ outstanding service personnel and veterans. This year marks 100 years since the end of the First World War and we must continue to remember the very real sacrifices that were made for our country.”


Tenovus Mobile Unit Visited by Local AM

(L-R): Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire AM Angela Burns, Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies, Rhian Edwards of Tenovus and South Wales Central AM David Melding.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has recently visited the new Tenovus Mobile Cancer Unit, the largest mobile chemotherapy unit in the world. The Mobile Unit provides support and treatment to people living with cancer closer to their homes and saves patients the long, expensive and exhausting journeys to and from hospital easing the burden of cancer on patients and their families.

Mr Davies commented, “It was a real pleasure to join my Assembly colleagues on a tour of the new Mobile Cancer Unit and to hear first-hand about the impact that having treatment closer to home can have on patients. It’s fantastic to see this sort of work taking place across Wales but it’s also important that all parts of Wales can benefit, including here in Pembrokeshire. Therefore, I’ll be working with my Assembly colleagues to call on the Welsh Government to work with cancer treatment providers like Tenovus to ensure that mobile treatments are being made available to communities right across Wales.”


24 October 2018

AM Urges Households to ‘Be Smart This Winter’

Paul is pictured with British Gas Smart Energy Expert, Aled Edwards.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies is urging residents to make sure their homes are ready for anything the weather might bring. Last winter, more than 66,000 homes across Wales experienced a boiler breakdown, leaving residents unable to heat their homes. During the Beast from the East, temperatures of below -10°C and wind speeds of over 60mph led to the busiest week on record for British Gas, with 104 calls for assistance coming in every second – thirteen times usual call volumes. Engineers across Wales cancelled their holidays and stayed at home so they could be there for their customers.

Mr Davies said: “I’m pleased to once again support the ‘Be Smart This Winter campaign, which aims to encourage people to become more energy efficient over the winter. Small changes can make a big difference and so I urge households across Pembrokeshire to listen to the expert advice and see how you can best prepare your homes for the winter months.”


23 October 2018

Welsh Government under pressure to review ‘flawed’ local government funding formula

The Welsh Government is under pressure to review its local government funding formula following questions by the Leader of the Welsh Conservatives.

During First Minister’s questions Paul Davies highlighted the inconsistencies of funding between North and South Wales authorities, and between Labour/Non-Labour run authorities, as two of the core factors that made the formula ‘fundamentally flawed’.

The Preseli Pembrokeshire AM then went on to call for a review of the formula, echoing calls from across the sector.


Local AM Visits Paul Sartori

Paul is pictured at Paul Sartori Hospice at Home.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies recently visited Paul Sartori Hospice at Home to learn more about the care and advice made available to people locally in Pembrokeshire. Paul Sartori offer a wide range of services at home, such as physiotherapy, counselling and a range of clinical complimentary therapies.

Mr Davies said, “It was a pleasure to once again visit Paul Sartori and talk to representatives about some of the challenges they’re currently facing.

I’m always very impressed with the hard work and dedication of the staff, who go above and beyond to provide exceptional care and services to people across Pembrokeshire. I’m not surprised to hear that the team have been recognised at the Western Telegraph Health & Care Awards 2018 and it’s great to see their efforts being celebrated.”


19 October 2018

Welsh Government meeting confirms crony relationship with local government

Welsh Labour council leaders will meet First Minister Carwyn Jones next week to discuss a rethink of the Welsh Government's draft budget.

The meeting will be exclusive to Labour Council Leaders, prompting an angry response from Welsh Conservatives who called the approach “an unashamed confirmation of Welsh Labour cronyism”.

The draft budget, announced earlier this month proposes a 2% cut for local government - a decision which prompted anger across councils in Wales.

The core details of the funding allocations show that 7 of Wales’ 22 local authorities will receive an increase-in or continuation-of the level of funding from last year. Out of those 7, 6 of the authorities are Labour run councils.


17 October 2018

Paul Davies meets Hair Council Representative

Paul is pictured with Hair Council representative Shirley Davis-Fox MBE.Paul Davies AM was pleased to meet with Shirley Davis-Fox MBE in the Senedd to discuss the issues facing the hairdressing industry in Wales.

Paul Davies stated, “I was delighted to learn that there are 89 Health and Beauty Businesses in the Pembrokeshire Local Authority Area, with 351 people in employment, excluding apprentices. This is a very important industry in rural Pembrokeshire and I am pleased it is continuing to thrive and flourish.


Paul Davies AM talks local business with Fishguard and Goodwick Chamber of Trade and Tourism

Paul is pictured at a meeting organised by the Fishguard and Goodwick Chamber of Trade and Tourism.Paul Davies AM was delighted to attend a meeting organised by the Fishguard and Goodwick Chamber of Trade and Tourism to discuss the future of rural businesses.

Paul Davies said, “It was a privilege to attend and speak at the recent meeting organised by Fishguard and Goodwick Chamber of Trade and Tourism. Even though the weather was atrocious, a number of people attended to discuss the future of rural businesses and it was great to engage with local SMEs. It is vital that Governments at all levels do everything they can to create the conditions for small businesses to thrive.”


First Minister ignorant of the facts surrounding flood defence failures

The Leader of the Welsh Conservatives has slammed the First Minister for his ‘ignorant’ and ‘lazy’ response to questions on last weekend’s devastating floods in Wales.

During today’s First Minister’s questions, Paul Davies AM highlighted the lack of lack of priority given by Natural Resources Wales and the Welsh Government’s cuts to flood defence spending as two significant factors behind the extent of the devastation.

Mr Davies went on to reveal that the Welsh Government had slashed spending on flood defences between 2015/16 and 2016/17 by almost 50% – from £18 million to £9.5 million.


11 October 2018

Statement of Opinion on World Homelessness Day - Signed

Paul Davies AM has signed a Statement of Opinion to mark World Homelessness Day. This statement will be read out in the Assembly Chamber today by David Melding AM and will hopefully reinforce the Welsh Conservative Party stance on this very important issue which affects people throughout Wales. A home is a basic right for every single person, and opportunities needs to be given to everyone to have a chance to promote good health and to contribute to and feel a part of society.

Mr Davies said, “It was so disappointing to see figures released by Crisis which shows that 8200 people in Wales are facing the absolute worst forms of homelessness. My colleagues and I welcome the ambition from Crisis that they want to see homelessness eradicated throughout the whole of the UK. The Welsh Government needs to redouble its efforts to cease homelessness in Wales and to introduce specific measures which will tackle this huge issue.”


We need to ‘Beat the Flu’ across Wales

Paul is embracing the campaign to ‘Beat Flu’.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies is embracing the campaign to ‘Beat Flu’ and is encouraging people to have the flu jab, particular those in the ‘at risk groups’ who receive their vaccination free to help avoid flu and the potential serious implications. The key messages are to ‘Catch It’ by always coughing or sneezing into a tissue. ‘Bin It’ by disposing of the tissue as soon as possible. ‘Kill it’ by cleaning your hands as soon as you can. Avoid contact with others until you feel better, and to keep hard surfaces clean.

Mr Davies said “Many people contracted flu last year in Wales, with particular outbreaks in care homes and hospitals. In light of the fact that flu can be fatal, it is imperative that information is shared with as many people as possible to reinforce the importance of the vaccination.


09 October 2018

Welsh Conservative Leader slams ‘government inertia’ for poor broadband coverage in Wales

The Leader of the Welsh Conservatives has blamed Wales’ poor broadband coverage on Welsh Government ‘bureaucratic inertia’.

Speaking following First Minister’s questions, Paul Davies also stated that the delayed rollout of Superfast Cymru was another example of the Government’s ‘incompetent’ approach to public procurement.

In its 2011 manifesto, the Welsh Labour Party committed to ensuring that all residential premises and businesses in Wales would have access to Next Generation Broadband by 2015, and that 50 per cent of properties or more would have access to 100Mbps.


05 October 2018

AM Urges Local Community Health Council to Call in Health Board Proposals

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has recently written to Hywel Dda Community Health Council (CHC) to call in the Health board’s proposals to downgrade Withybush hospital. Hywel Dda Community Health Council serves as an independent statutory organisation which represents the interests of patients and has the authority to refer the health’s board’s plans to the Welsh Government for a final decision before services are centralised.

Mr Davies commented, “It’s absolutely clear that the Health Board’s proposals do not carry the support of local people and as such, it’s crucial that the local Community Health Council intervene and ensures that the patient’s voice is fully represented. The impact of these proposals on the people of Pembrokeshire simply cannot be ignored and the local Community Health Council must now ensure that the patient’s voice is heard and respected. I look forward to receiving a response from the CHC and working with them to see services protected now and for the future at Withybush hospital.”


Paul Davies Meets with Cystic Fibrosis Trust

Paul Davies is pictured with Grace Paget of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies recently met with Grace Paget, the Public Affairs Officer for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust to discuss the work of the organisation across Wales and to learn more about the impact that living with cystic fibrosis has on families across the country.

Mr Davies commented, “It was a pleasure to meet with the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and to hear more about their work across Wales. Cystic Fibrosis affects more than 10,000 people in the UK and so it’s crucial that we recognise some of the challenges that people living with cystic fibrosis face on a day to day basis. It was also great to hear more about the Access to Medicines campaign and the importance of drugs like Orkambi in improving lung health and reducing hospitalisations. Their campaign is an important one and I look forward to continuing to work with the Trust to see these drugs being made more widely available to people living with cystic fibrosis in Wales.”


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