November 2018

15 November 2018

North Wales councillor appointed as Welsh Conservative Disability Champion

Paul is pictured with new Welsh Conservative Disability Champion James Lusted.The Leader of the Welsh Conservatives in the Welsh Parliament has announced the appointment of Councillor James Lusted as the Leader’s Disability Champion.

Cllr Lusted was elected as the UK’s first dwarf councillor last year. He will work to promote good practice for people with disabilities across Wales, and to encourage the participation of disabled people in public life.

The appointment reflects a commitment made by Mr Davies during the Welsh Conservative leadership campaign.


Leader of Welsh Conservatives welcomes Cabinet agreement

The Leader of the Welsh Conservatives has welcomed the Prime Minister's statement on the progression with the EU draft withdrawal agreement.

Specifically, Paul Davies AM praised the Prime Minister for the way she has fought for the interests of Wales and the wider UK in these 'extraordinary times'.

The comments came following the announcement that the UK Government has backed a draft withdrawal agreement between the UK and the EU.

Paul Davies AM said:

'These are extraordinary times and I want to pay tribute to the Prime Minister for the way she has fought for the interests of Wales and the wider UK in the Brexit negotiations.


13 November 2018

Carwyn says he’s “proud” of his Government’s education record where Wales ranks bottom of all UK nations

Welsh Conservative Leader Paul Davies AM used First Minister’s Questions today to ask the First Minister if he was proud that his government has seen Wales rank bottom of UK nations in PISA rankings on his watch, to which he responded “yes”.

Mr Davies listed other shortcomings of the Welsh Labour-led Government such as the worst GSCE results in over a decade; a £678 per pupil spending gap between England and Wales; and the cuts of 8% in real terms to education since he became First Minister.


12 November 2018

Local AM Visits St Davids Cathedral Library

(L-R): Mari James, the Very Revd Dr Sarah Rowland Jones and local AM Paul Davies.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has recently visited St Davids Cathedral library, the only Cathedral Library in situ in Wales. At present, there are approximately 7,000 books dating from as far back as the 16th Century and the Visitors Book in the Cathedral Treasury also shows the signatures of prominent suffragettes Emmeline Pankhurst, Annie Kenney and Mary Blathwayt following their visit to the Cathedral in 1908.

Mr Davies commented, “I was honoured to visit St Davids Cathedral library and learn more about some of the interesting treasures that the library is home to. We’re very fortunate to have such a rich and interesting facility on our doorstep and I’d certainly encourage everyone to take the opportunity to visit the library, which is open to the public on Monday and Friday afternoons between 2pm and 4pm. My sincere thanks go to the Dean of St Davids, the Very Revd Dr Sarah Rowland Jones and Mari James for their time and hospitality and I look forward to seeing the library continue to collect more and more interesting and remarkable pieces in the future.”


07 November 2018

Campaign for Early Diagnosis of Heart Conditions Supported by AM

An Assembly statement of opinion highlighting the importance of early diagnosis of heart conditions has been signed by local Assembly Member Paul Davies. Mr Davies has subscribed to statement of opinion OPIN-2018-0111 which recognises the importance of early diagnosis of heart conditions in reducing the hundreds of deaths each year from conditions which are often left undiagnosed.

Mr Davies said, “I’m pleased that the local Welsh Charity, Welsh Hearts, is funding health screening initiatives and are on a mission to help protect and promote the heart health of young people in Wales. To date, the organisation have issued over 1,000 defibrillators across Wales, trained almost 50,000 people in CPR and has screened approximately 2,000 people.


Paul Davies AM calls on young people to vote in the Wales Youth Parliament Elections

Voting has now opened for young people in Wales to elect their Youth Parliament Members. There will be 60 young people elected, 40 by votes from young people and 20 from partner organisations.

The Youth Parliament will give young people, between the ages of 11-17, an opportunity to express their opinions on the matters affecting them in a formal setting. The role will be for 2 years.


Local Clinicians Criticise Health Board Proposals

A letter from local clinicians criticising Hywel Dda University Health Board’s proposals to transform clinical services has been welcomed by local Assembly Member Paul Davies. The letter, sent from the Withybush Medical Staff Committee (MSC) to the Health Board called for reassurances that services would remain in the Pembrokeshire area and that each of the three counties in the Health Board region has its own local hospital.

Mr Davies said, “This letter is further proof that clinicians do not overwhelmingly support the changes that the local Health Board are implementing, as the Welsh Government would have the people of Pembrokeshire believe. It’s quite clear that the Withybush Medical Staff Committee have concerns over the centralisation of services further afield and they have made it abundantly clear that population needs have not been sufficiently taken into account. Of course, it’s my view that services must remain at Withybush hospital and I will continue to do all that I can to see services protected in Pembrokeshire for the future.”


06 November 2018

RSPCA call for greater engagement about animal welfare issues

Paul is pictured with Lucy Thomas from Pembrokeshire County Council.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies was pleased to attend the RSPCA Annual Dinner in the Pierhead Building which brought together stakeholders from across Wales to discuss the work of the RSPCA and to celebrate the achievements of the Community Animal Welfare Footprints Awards.

Mr Davies said, ‘I spoke to a number of colleagues throughout Wales about Animal Welfare issues, and I enjoyed learning more about the achievements of the recent Award Winners who have given outstanding service to protect animals. I was delighted to congratulate Lucy Thomas from Pembrokeshire Council who collected three awards on the County’s behalf.


Welsh Labour Government’s mental health plans branded “complacent” by Welsh Conservatives

In First Minister’s Questions, Welsh Conservative leader Paul Davies AM criticised Carwyn Jones’ government’s commitment to mental health services, calling their actions “more of the same” and “a complacent refusal to acknowledge serious problems in Wales”.

Mr Davies highlighted that over 63% of adults and over 55% of children in Wales are waiting longer than four weeks to access mental health treatment and the lack of detail in the Welsh Government Budget surrounding the methods to improve mental health services.


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