December 2018

28 December 2018

Christmas message from the Leader of the Welsh Conservatives

This is my first Christmas message as the Welsh Conservative leader and, indeed, your Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly. The last year has been one of change in Wales for all the main parties, which has also brought about a change of government in Wales.

Thankfully, the festive period remains a constant in our calendar: for the vast majority of us in Wales and across the UK, Christmas is a time of celebration and spending time with the family. However, this is not the case for everybody. While we’re in our homes having our Christmas lunch or watching festive television, emergency service workers will still be on duty. They will be turning up for a shift as usual.

Nurses will still be tending to the sick, the police still on alert for 999 calls, paramedics still ready to reach a patient. Christmas for them is just another day.


11 December 2018

Welsh Conservatives bid farewell to outgoing First Minister

The Leader of the Welsh Conservatives has described the outgoing First Minister as a ‘real giant of Welsh politics’ on his last day as Leader of the Welsh Government.

During his response to the First Ministers resignation statement, Paul Davies AM thanked Carwyn Jones AM for his ‘immense contribution’ to public life in Wales, saying that his successor would have ‘big shoes to fill’.

Mr Jones's nine years as First Minister of Wales will come to a close today. The Assembly Member for Bridgend will submit his resignation to the Queen following his final First Ministers Questions and subsequent resignation statement.


06 December 2018

Welsh Conservatives statement on new Welsh Labour leader

Leader of the Welsh Conservatives, Paul Davies AM, said:

"I congratulate Mark Drakeford on his election as Labour Leader in Wales. They have a huge task ahead of him in solving the problems our nation is experiencing after decades of failure from successive Labour-led governments.

"People across the country are crying out for change but I fear that the result of this election is simply going to give us more of the same.

"While Mark Drakeford has a mandate to lead from the Labour Party, he has no mandate to lead from the Welsh people; only a Welsh Assembly election will provide an opportunity for the public to endorse, or otherwise, his plans."


05 December 2018

Welsh Assembly to debate performance and legacy of Carwyn Jones’ Government

The Welsh Conservatives will be holding a debate in the Senedd on Wednesday with the aim of persuading AMs to call on the Welsh Government to “acknowledge its failures and abandon its failing policies”.

Welsh Conservative leader Paul Davies AM will lead the session highlighting 11 specific areas in their motion where the Welsh Labour-led governments of the outgoing First Minister have taken Wales backwards in the economy, housing, education, and health.

The Conservatives will call on the National Assembly to regret that since Carwyn Jones became First Minister in December 2009:


04 December 2018

‘Housing crisis is bigger than Party Politics’, says Leader of the Welsh Conservatives

The Leader of the Welsh Conservatives has urged members of the National Assembly for Wales to adopt a cross party consensus towards housing in Wales.

During FMQs, Paul Davies AM slammed the Welsh Government’s failure to mitigate the Housing Crisis, and called on the Leader of the House to adopt the policy proposals that were announced in the Welsh Conservative Housing Strategy which was released earlier this week.

Mr Davies attacked the Welsh Government’s approach for being ‘lethargic’ and ‘tired’.


Welsh Conservatives reject Welsh Government pantomime debate

The Welsh Conservatives will today reject a Welsh Government debate on the EU Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration.

Welsh Conservative Leader, Paul Davies AM, has said that the Welsh Government is ‘playing politics’ with what is one of the most important decisions in modern Welsh and British history.

He slammed the debate as an attempt to ‘start the pantomime season’.

The debate has been brought forward by the Welsh Government to discuss the Withdrawal Agreement and its contents, and includes a point to keep the UK aligned with the Single Market and the Customs Union.


03 December 2018

Welsh Conservatives launch new Housing Strategy

The Welsh Conservatives have today released a new strategy which aims to tackle the housing crisis in Wales.

The strategy - titled 'Housing a Nation' - contains proposals to re-establish housing as a basic right for all. David Melding AM - the Shadow Secretary for Housing - who brought forward the strategy called it 'a vision of momentous ambition'.

A lack of house building, unsuitable and poor quality properties, and dysfunctional markets have led to the biggest housing crisis since the Second World War. According to the Leader of the Welsh Conservatives, Paul Davies AM, 'it is one of the greatest barriers to social wellbeing, and it is hurting ordinary working people the most'.


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