November 2018

29 November 2018

World Aids Day 2018

Paul is pictured wearing the red ribbon for World Aids Day.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies is pleased to wear a red ribbon in the run up to World Aids Day 2018 on December 1st. This awareness raising day was founded back in 1988 and was the first ever global health day.

Paul Davies stated, “Wearing a simple red ribbon shows that people from around the world are united in the fight against HIV and shows support for people living with HIV. Despite the fact that the virus was only identified in 1984, more than 35 million people have died of HIV or Aids.

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28 November 2018

Shop local this Christmas

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies is looking forward to continuing his support for local businesses in Preseli Pembrokeshire on Small Business Saturday. Since its inception in 2012, this campaign has given a real opportunity for local shops and businesses to showcase their exceptional products, foods and services to local residents and visitors to the area on a specific day which receives National media coverage.

Paul Davies said, “I enjoy supporting local businesses each and every week, and I hope in the run up to Christmas residents will consider supporting the smaller shops who often offer very unusual and specialised gifts and services which would make really unique and special gifts for loved ones.

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27 November 2018

Support Pledged to the Campaign to Stop Violence towards Shopkeepers

Paul is supporting the USDAW Campaign against violence towards shopworkers.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies was pleased to pledge his support to the USDAW Campaign against violence towards shopworkers in the National Assembly. This is an important campaign which needs widespread support, from politicians and the general public.

Mr Davies said, “I was pleased to talk to a number of shopworkers currently who were fully embracing the campaign for shoppers to show respect to people who work in our stores and shops.

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26 November 2018

Welsh Conservatives to call time on Natural Resources Wales

Welsh Conservatives have today announced plans to replace the scandal-hit quango, Natural Resources Wales, as part of its vision for the environment in Wales post-Brexit.

Shadow Environment and Rural Affairs Secretary, Andrew RT Davies AM, has called for NRW to be scrapped and replaced by two separate bodies; one handling the regulatory duties undertaken by the organisation and the other its commercial aspects, with Brexit providing an opportunity to ensure Wales is at the forefront of environmental measures.

The organisation has been besieged by scandal, incompetence and poor staff morale since its inception back in 2013 when the Welsh Labour Government made it Wales’ largest quango via a merger of the Countryside Council for Wales, Environment Agency Wales, and the Forestry Commission Wales.

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21 November 2018

Welsh Government “not playing its role” in UK’s research and development strategy

Despite the UK Government’s emphasis on R&D for post-Brexit Britain, Wales is falling behind on three key indicators because of “the Welsh Labour Government’s failure to foster innovation and a higher wage economy”, according to the Welsh Conservatives.

Statistics released by the Office for National Statistics today show Wales has the lowest R&D expenditure of the UK nations at £146 per head. This compares to £386 in England, £274 in Northern Ireland, and £230 in Scotland.

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First Minister “deflects and obfuscates” as quarter of Wales’ trains are out-of-service

The Welsh Conservative leader used First Minister’s questions today to secure answers as to what Transport for Wales’ plan of action is for resolving the capacity issue with its stock.

It follows TfW’s full page apology published in Welsh newspapers today where they stated customers “haven’t received the service that” they “deserve and expect”.

Despite past promises of a high quality, affordable, and accessible train network in Wales made by Carwyn Jones, Paul Davies AM highlighted that:

  • TfW’s morning commuter train from Chepstow and Caldicot to Newport and Cardiff has been cancelled 16 times in the last 20 weekdays;
  • Blaenau Ffestinog, Betws-y-coed and Llanrwst have had no trains all day on seven of the last 20 weekdays;
  • And the 08.40 train from Aberystwyth to Shrewsbury was cancelled on four days last week.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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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