2018

25 January 2018

Autism assessment delays underline need for an Autism Bill

Children in parts of Wales are facing average waits of almost two years for an autism assessment, new figures have shown.

Preseli Pembrokeshire AM, Paul Davies, is currently bringing an Autism Bill through the Welsh Assembly, having been drawn successfully from a ballot for back-bench legislation.

Paul Davies AM said:

“It is unacceptable that people are waiting two years for an assessment and despite Welsh Government strategies clearly we are not seeing the improvements we need in Wales.

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Paul Davies Gets to Grips with Low Energy Cooking

Paul is pictured cooking pancakes using only 2 pence of electricity with Smart Energy GB.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies AM recently took part in a cookery demonstration held by Smart Energy GB to highlight the benefits of smart meters to people across Wales. Mr Davies joined fellow AMs in a bid to cook a plate of pancakes using the least amount of electricity. His culinary efforts cost 2p in energy, compared to the average plate of pancake cooking which cost 2.19p. A smart meter was used to measure the AM’s energy usage, displaying the results in pounds and pence on a digital display.

With more than 8.6 million smart meters already installed across Great Britain, Paul is looking forward to seeing smart meters help people to monitor their energy usage across Preseli Pembrokeshire. Those who have upgraded to a smart meter are already feeling the benefits. Three quarters of people who have a smart meter say they would recommend one to family and friends, with a similar proportion (80 per cent) taking steps to cut down on their energy usage.

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24 January 2018

Holocaust Book of Commitment Signed by Local AM

Paul is pictured signing the Holocaust Book of Commitment.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has signed the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Book of Commitment to mark the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau and to commit to educating future generations about the impact of those events on global society. The signing of the Book of Commitment takes place as part of Holocaust Memorial Day (January 27th).

Mr Davies said: “We must never forget the truly dreadful events of the Holocaust and the impact that those events have had on our world and so I was deeply honoured to once again sign the Holocaust Book of Commitment and reaffirm my commitment to ensuring that our future generations continue to remember these events.”

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Local AM Attends Stop Climate Chaos Cymru Event

Paul is pictured with representatives of Stop Climate Chaos Cymru.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies recently attended a photo exhibition event at the Senedd to learn more about the impacts of climate change and Wales’ global responsibilities. Stop Climate Chaos Cymru is campaigning to raise awareness of the impact of climate change on communities across Wales.

Mr Davies said, “I was delighted to attend the photo exhibition to learn more about the challenges facing Wales in the fight against climate change. It’s time for the Welsh Government to redouble its efforts and encourage more and more people to take the threat of climate change more seriously in Wales. Therefore, I’m pleased to reiterate my support for the Stop Climate Chaos Cymru campaign and I look forward to working with stakeholders, community groups and Assembly colleagues to help make Wales a much more environmentally friendly nation for the future.”

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Paul Davies Supports Big Garden Birdwatch Campaign

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies is supporting the RSPB’s 39th Big Garden Birdwatch this coming weekend (January 27th -29th 2018). The Big Garden Birdwatch is the world's largest wildlife survey. For nearly 40 years, the RSPB has been asking the public to spend one hour at any point over this particular weekend counting the birds in their garden, and then feeding back that information to the RSPB. With over half a million people now regularly taking part, Big Garden Birdwatch allows the RSPB to monitor trends in garden birds and helps them understand how different species are doing across the UK.

Mr Davies said, “I’m delighted to help promote the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch campaign by encouraging everyone in Pembrokeshire to spend an hour in their gardens this weekend, noticing the birdlife around them. The information that is provided is so valuable in helping the RSPB monitor trends of birds and so please consider supporting this wonderful campaign. It’s a great excuse to get some fresh air and get involved in the world’s largest wildlife survey.”

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Local AM Supports Petition to Ban the Use of Wild Animals in Circuses

Paul is pictured with campaigners and Assembly colleagues receiving the petition to ban the use of wild animals in circuses.Preseli Pembrokeshire Assembly Member Paul Davies has recently attended the handover of a petition to ban the use of wild animals in circuses to the Assembly’s Petitions Committee. The petition has over 1,000 signatures with an associated petition on another website gathering a further 3000 signatures.

Mr Davies said, “The petition to ban the use of wild animals in circuses certainly has my support and I will keep working to see the Welsh Government deliver an outright ban. Scotland has already banned the use of wild animals in circuses and England is developing its legislation at the moment – therefore, Wales cannot be left behind. In a poll carried out by RSPCA Cymru 74% of the Welsh public wanted the use of wild animals in circuses banned and so the strength of feeling on this issue cannot be ignored. I of course, will be working with Assembly colleagues and raising this with the Welsh Government in order to see this outdated practice banned as soon as possible.”

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Paul Davies Hosts Farmhouse Breakfast at the Senedd

Paul is pictured with FUW Deputy President Brian Thomas, FUW President Glyn Roberts and the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths AM.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has once again recently hosted the annual FUW farmhouse breakfast at the Senedd, in support of the FUW’s Farmhouse Breakfast Week campaign (January 22 – January 27), which aims to raise the profile of Welsh produce and get politicians, key stakeholders and the general public to appreciate the important role the food and drink sector plays in their everyday lives.

Mr Davies said: “I was delighted to once again sponsor the annual FUW’s farmhouse breakfast reception, to promote Welsh produce and to discuss some of the challenges facing the agricultural industry, particularly following Britain’s decision to leave the European Union. The Farmhouse Breakfast Week campaign is a firm date in the Assembly’s calendar and I’m delighted to once again reiterate my support and promote the benefits of a healthy breakfast.”

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22 January 2018

Paul Davies Responds to Latest Health Board Proposals

Responding to local media reports that Hywel Dda health board’s new service change proposals could result in Withybush hospital being shut down in the future, local Assembly Member Paul Davies said:

“It’s extremely worrying that the future of Withybush hospital is once again under threat. The leaked documents show that in a number of scenarios services would be removed from Withybush hospital and in some scenarios the hospital would be closed altogether. This is simply unacceptable and I’ve already made it clear to the local health board that some of these options should not even be considered. It’s a disgrace that some of these options are even on the table.

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Farming Representatives Meet with Assembly Members

Paul Davies, Nick Ramsay and Mohammad Asghar are pictured with farmers and agricultural industry stakeholders.Assembly politicians Paul Davies, Nick Ramsay and Mohammad Asghar recently met with Monmouthshire farmers and representatives of the agricultural industry to discuss Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union and the impact and challenges that it has on the Welsh farming industry.

Topics such as the Welsh Government’s Bovine TB eradication programme were discussed to emphasise the need for a strong domestic market in the coming months and years. Attendees also discussed Welsh exports, the need for a strong agricultural framework across the UK and agricultural subsidies.

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19 January 2018

Paul Davies Visits PATCH

Paul is pictured on his visit to Pembrokeshire Action to Combat Hardship (PATCH).Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has recently visited Pembrokeshire Action to Combat Hardship (PATCH) to once again meet with volunteers and hear more about the charity’s recent work. PATCH is a local organisation that gives free food parcels, clothing and household items to families facing hardship across Pembrokeshire.

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies said, “PATCH is such a committed and hardworking local charity that makes a huge impact on families in Pembrokeshire, all through the kindness of its volunteers and the generosity of local people. I was delighted to catch up with the team and speak to volunteers about their most recent work. PATCH is always on the lookout for more volunteers and so if you’re interested in getting involved with a great local charity, or if you’d like to make a donation, then you can find all the relevant information on their website at - http://patchcharity.org.uk/

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West Wales AMs call on Natwest to reconfirm their commitment to Pembrokeshire

Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies and Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire AM Angela Burns called on management from NatWest bank to reconfirm their commitment to West Wales following announcements of four branch closures due to affect the County over the coming months.

Paul and Angela met with representatives of the bank to discuss the planned branch closures in Cardigan, Narberth, Pembroke and Milford Haven. Details were provided about the rationale behind the decision and the alternative plans that are being put in place to ensure that customers of the four branches are not unduly affected.

The bank provided assurances that job losses would be kept to a minimum and that community banking positions would be created in addition to the provision of a mobile van visiting those towns affected offering a continuation of banking services.

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18 January 2018

Local AM Responds to Neyland Surgery Closure

Argyle Medical Group has recently submitted an application to Hywel Dda Local Health Board to close its branch surgery in Neyland. It is understood that the reason behind the application is due to difficulties in recruiting and retaining GPs in the local area.

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies said, “This news will come as a shock to the people of Neyland, many of whom have been patients at the St Clements practice for some time. It’s deeply disappointing that as a result of a lack of GPs, Argyle has decided to close the surgery. As a result of this announcement, patients from Neyland will now have to travel to Pembroke Dock for essential services and treatment and this will cause huge problems for patients without transport or with limited mobility.”

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17 January 2018

Neil McEvoy Expulsion – Welsh Conservative Statement on Committee Chairs

Following official confirmation of Neil McEvoy’s permanent expulsion from the Plaid Cymru Assembly group, Welsh Conservatives have reiterated their calls for the allocation of committee chairs to be redistributed.

In a statement, Welsh Conservative Business Manager and Chief Whip, Paul Davies, said:

“Confirmation of Neil McEvoy’s permanent expulsion from the Plaid group should settle this matter once and for all.

“For a smaller party to hold more Committee Chairs sets a dangerous precedent for the future of this institution, and it is our hope that Plaid Cymru will now reflect on this matter.

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Paul Davies Responds to Latest Carillon Announcement

Responding to the news construction giant Carillion has gone into liquidation, local Assembly Member Paul Davies said:

“It’s deeply disappointing that Carillion has not been able to find suitable financing options to secure its future and as a result, thousands of jobs have been lost across the country. Our first thoughts go out to those personally affected by this announcement and I sincerely hope that Governments at all levels will work with those families to secure employment or training elsewhere.”

“Locally, we know that Carillion was due to design and build the £57m A40 bypass, which is intended to run around the northern side of Llanddewi Velfrey. Therefore, it’s absolutely crucial that the implementation of this project continues without delay and I will of course, be monitoring the delivery scheme as it develops.”

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16 January 2018

Local AM Encourages Communities to Support Holocaust Memorial Day

Preseli Pembrokeshire Assembly Member Paul Davies is urging the people of Pembrokeshire to support Holocaust Memorial Day 2018. Last year, over 7,700 activities took place across the UK to mark Holocaust Memorial Day, organised by local authorities, schools, libraries, workplaces and numerous other organisations and individuals – and this includes more than 320 activities in Wales. The theme for this year is the power of words and how language has been used during the Holocaust and subsequent genocides, and how it’s used in the present day.

Mr Davies said, “It’s so important that as a society we come together to remember the atrocities of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides and teach our future generations about the impact that these events have had on our world today. This year’s theme, the power of words is as relevant today as it has been in previous conflicts. The words we use have power and can shape our views and it’s crucial that we’re careful with our use of language. Therefore, I’d strongly encourage schools, workplaces and other community groups to take part in Holocaust Memorial Day, to learn lessons from the past and change the way we interact with each other.”

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