2018

25 September 2018

Paul Davies Visits HOPE Therapy Centre

L-R: Vanessa Walker, Manager of the Centre, Local AM Paul Davies and Ken Brombley, Chairman of Hope.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies recently visited the HOPE Therapy Centre in Neyland for their annual open day to once again meet with staff and volunteers and learn more about the services and support on offer to patients. HOPE Therapy Centre provides much needed relief and support for people living with Multiple Sclerosis and other related conditions and offers services such as Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, Physical Therapy and other therapies when necessary.

He said, “It was a pleasure to once again visit the HOPE centre and hear more about the fantastic support that they offer to local patients in Pembrokeshire. The centre is held in high regard by those that use the facilities and it’s great to have the opportunity to hear about the impact that the Centre has had on patients’ lives. It’s crucial, therefore, that patients can continue to have access to these essential services for the future and that the centre is supported for many years to come. For more information, or to find out how to support the centre, please visit http://www.pembrokeshiremstherapycentre.co.uk/”

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18 September 2018

Paul Davies Challenges First Minister Over Sargeant Inquiry

In his inaugural First Minister’s Questions as Leader of the Welsh Conservatives, Paul Davies AM, sought answers from Carwyn Jones on why he vetoed recent changes recommended by Paul Bowen for the QC inquiry into the events surrounding Carl Sargeant’s death.

Following non-answers from Mr Jones, Mr Davies, the new Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly for Wales, gave the First Minister an opportunity to explain which proposals he did not agree with and why he rejected them.

The out-going First Minister denied vetoing any proposals despite saying in his official statement that “agreed to the majority of Mr Bowen’s requests”, the implication being he was unhappy with some.

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Welsh Conservatives Shadow Cabinet Reshuffle

The new Leader of the Welsh Conservatives, Paul Davies AM, has reshuffled the Shadow Cabinet in the National Assembly for Wales today, calling the changes “the first move in positioning the Welsh Conservatives as the next government of Wales”.

The details are as follows:

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07 September 2018

Welsh Conservatives React to National Procurement’s Service Scrapping

Welsh Conservatives have called the Welsh Labour Government’s approach to public procurement in Wales “shambolic” as it decides to end the body in its “current form”.

Welsh Labour leadership contender and Finance Secretary Mark Drakeford AM made the announcement five years after the organisation’s creation having failed in its goal to save the Welsh public sector cash by handling contracts worth £1bn a year.

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

“The decision by the Welsh Government to scrap their own National Procurement Service (NPS) highlights Welsh Labour’s shambolic approach to public procurement in Wales.

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30 August 2018

Wickedly Welsh Welcomes Local AM

Paul is pictured with Mark Owen, owner of Wickedly Welsh Chocolate Company.Preseli Pembrokeshire Assembly Member Paul Davies recently visited the Wickedly Welsh Chocolate Company in Haverfordwest, to discuss the food and tourism industries and to learn more about the challenges facing local businesses in Pembrokeshire. Mr Davies was accompanied by ITV Wales, who were filming him in his capacity as the Assembly Member for Preseli Pembrokeshire and as a candidate in the upcoming contest for Leader of the Welsh Conservative Assembly group.

He said, “Pembrokeshire is blessed to be at the very forefront of Wales’ food and drink industry and its tourism industry and I was delighted to visit the Wickedly Welsh Chocolate Company, which is a fantastic example of one of Pembrokeshire’s innovative food tourism businesses. Wickedly Welsh not only make first-class chocolates, which are supplied to companies like Fortnum and Mason but it also offers chocolate events and experiences and there’s even the opportunity of attempting chocolate-making yourself. Therefore, it’s great to be showcasing businesses like Wickedly Welsh and my thanks go to Karen and Mark Owen for taking the time to talk to me and show me around their premises. I sincerely hope that the Wickedly Welsh Chocolate Company continues to flourish for the future.”

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AM Visits Community Pharmacy in Newport

Local AM Paul Davies and local community pharmacist Richard Evans.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies recently visited Newport Pharmacy in North Pembrokeshire, to discuss the Pharmacists’ Defence Association’s Safer Pharmacies Charter, which looks to improve safety and care for patients, through better working conditions in UK pharmacy practices. Mr Davies discussed the campaign with local community pharmacist Richard Evans, as well as hearing first-hand about the new Common Ailments Service, which is a free NHS service that patients can access for advice and treatment of 26 conditions including acne, chicken pox and tonsillitis.

He said, “Local pharmacies are constantly striving to offer more to local patients in the community and so I was pleased to visit the local pharmacy in Newport to hear more about some of the facilities and services that they provide. I’m also more than happy to help raise awareness of the Safer Pharmacies Charter and I hope to see the commitments in the Charter being adopted in all pharmacies in Wales. Pharmacies must be safe places for both patients and practitioners and I’ll be doing all I can to advocate this Charter and help raise awareness of this campaign when the Assembly reconvenes.”

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23 August 2018

Nature Friendly Farming Network Discussed with Local AM

L-R: Rhys Evans (Land-Use Policy Officer), Arfon Williams (Countryside Manager), local AM Paul Davies and local farmer Roger Mathias.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies was recently invited to a farm in Camrose by the RSPB to discuss their Nature Friendly Farming Network (NFFN) as well as a range of other issues facing farmers locally. The Nature Friendly Farming Network (NFFN) is a farming movement that promotes sustainable nature friendly farming and is open to farmers and the public alike.

He said, “The Nature Friendly Farming Network is an interesting farming movement and I was pleased to meet with a local farmer to discuss his views on how Governments at all levels can support the agricultural industry post-Brexit. Farmers have always been important custodians of our local environment and local wildlife and it’s absolutely crucial that their views are considered when shaping future policies. I’d like to thank Mr and Mrs Mathias for their time and their hospitality and I look forward to feeding back their views to my Assembly colleagues in the autumn.”

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22 August 2018

AM Judges Great Council Bake Off

Paul is pictured alongside fellow judge Stephen Crabb MP and this year’s winners.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies recently attended a ‘bake off’ style event hosted by Milford Haven Youth Council. Seven teams from across the county came together to compete for this year’s title, but it was a superb exploding M&M cake which won first prize.

He said, “It was a real pleasure to once again judge the annual bake off competition and I applaud all of the bakers who took part. It wasn’t easy to choose a winner, but the exploding M&M cake was a real showstopper – and so congratulations to this year’s winners. The bake off is fast becoming one of the highlights of the summer, giving politicians like myself a great opportunity to engage with the Youth Council and discuss some of the local issues that they’re affected by. Therefore, I’d like to congratulate Milford Haven Youth Council and Pembrokeshire Children and Young People's Rights Office (CYPRO) for organising another fantastic event and I look forward to supporting next year’s event!”

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15 August 2018

Calls for Action on Fishguard Traffic Issues

Renewed attempts to call on the Welsh Government and the South Wales Trunk Road Agency to tackle traffic issues in Lower Town, Fishguard have once again been supported by local Assembly Member Paul Davies. Mr Davies has been calling on the Welsh Government and relevant stakeholders to deliver a footbridge to better support pedestrians on the A487 as heavy traffic continues to have an impact on the narrow pavements. To date, no progress has been made in tackling the traffic problems in Lower Town meaning that it would be almost impossible for emergency vehicles to pass through the village.

Mr Davies added “The campaign to see vital improvements to this stretch of road is an important one and one in which myself and others continue to support. Despite positive commitments from the Welsh Government in the past, the truth of the matter is that no progress has been made and the residents of Lower Town continue to suffer. I know only too well from my own experience of the dangers of the road and I’m bitterly disappointed that the Welsh Government and the South Wales Trunk Road Agency continue to drag their heels in delivering a solution. It’s high time that the Welsh Government reconsiders its position and gets on with the job of relieving the traffic in Lower Town and making the area safer for local people.”

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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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