2018

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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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”.

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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