2018

13 March 2018

Paul Davies Co-sponsors Rural Oscars

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies recently co-sponsored the Countryside Alliance awards at the Senedd (Wednesday 7th March). The Countryside Alliance awards, Wales’ premier rural business awards – are often known as the Rural Oscars and are held annually to celebrate Wales’ rural enterprises and award those businesses that have made an overwhelming commitment to their local economy and community.

Mr Davies said, “It’s always a pleasure to attend the Countryside Alliance awards and celebrate some of Wales’ finest rural businesses. Pembrokeshire was very well represented by businesses including Ken Davies Ai Fab from Crymych and Siop Y Pentre from Cilgerran. I’m delighted that St Dogmael’s Local Producers Market came away with an award in the ‘Local Food’ category and Sarah Eynon of Siop Sarah in Maenclochog was awarded the Rural Hero Award for over 30 years’ service to her community. The awards ceremony was a great opportunity to hear more about how Governments at all levels can support rural businesses and how we can better promote their goods and services. Therefore, I’d strongly encourage everyone to make a concerted effort to support local businesses and help keep Pembrokeshire producers and suppliers on the map for years to come.”

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Local AM Attends International Women’s Day Celebrations

Paul is pictured at the book launch of Rocking the Boat, with Prof Angela John.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies showed his support for International Women’s Day (Thursday 8th March) by attending the National Assembly for Wales’ programme of events to showcase the suffrage movement in Wales. An exhibition was held, with items and photographs throughout history, showing the rise of the movement both in Pembrokeshire and right across Wales. Mr Davies also attended the book launch of “Rocking the Boat” written by local historian Professor Angela John.

Mr Davies said, “International Women’s Day is a global movement that recognises the progress made by women and it’s important that the Assembly promotes the Suffrage movement and highlights the good progress being made across Wales. It was fascinating to attend the exhibition and see images of Emmeline Pankhurst addressing crowds in Haverfordwest and schoolgirls in St Dogmael’s supporting the rights of women to vote. Of course, whilst good progress has been made, much more can be done and I look forward to working with colleagues from all parties and Governments to advance this agenda.”

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08 March 2018

Paul Davies Supports World Kidney Day

Paul is pictured at the Paul Popham event in the Assembly.Preseli Pembrokeshire Assembly Member Paul Davies recently attended an event at the Senedd to show his support for World Kidney Day 2018. The event showcased the work of the Paul Popham Fund, Renal Support Wales and in particular its befriending service which provides support to renal patients by involving suitably experienced and trained renal patient volunteers who themselves are renal patients or carers.

Mr Davies said, “It was a pleasure to meet with the Paul Popham Fund ahead of World Kidney Day and learn more about their plans for the future, including their plans to extend their services to Pembrokeshire. There’s an estimated 10,000 people living with a renal condition in Wales and so it’s important we ensure support and guidance is made available to patients undergoing renal treatments.”

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27 February 2018

Paul Davies Visits Caerhys Farm

L-R: Carwyn Miles, Gerald Miles (both COCA), Paul Davies AM.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies recently visited Caerhys Farm in St David’s to hear about the Farm’s Organic Community Agriculture Scheme and to learn more about how the scheme works in practice. The volunteers work together to grow seasonal produce and then that produce is distributed amongst its members. Sharers pay a monthly membership, and once a week visit the Farm or the nearest pick-up point to collect their share of the produce.

Mr Davies said, “Community Supported Agriculture is certainly on the rise across the UK and so I was delighted to visit Caerhys Farm to learn more about the Farm’s Organic Community Agriculture Scheme. It’s very much a partnership in which the responsibilities, risks and rewards of farming are shared and there a number of benefits to farming this way, as it connects the farm with the local community and also has a positive impact on the wellbeing of those involved. Indeed, this style of farming could be good for the sustainability of farming as an industry in the future and it’s great to see this activity taking place here in Pembrokeshire.”

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Paul Davies Welcomed Local Pupils to the Senedd

Paul is pictured with staff and children from Cleddau Reach Primary School at the Senedd.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies welcomed pupils from Llangwm to the National Assembly for Wales recently and taken questions from them about all aspects of public life and politics. Mr Davies talked to the children about his work as an Assembly Member and some of the local issues facing people in Pembrokeshire.

Mr Davies said: “It was a real pleasure to welcome the pupils and staff from Cleddau Reach Primary School to the Senedd and give them an opportunity to learn more about the Assembly and how it affects their lives. The children asked a range of questions about my professional and personal life and it was great to see them interested and engaging in politics. It’s a great experience and I’d strongly encourage schools across Pembrokeshire to visit the Assembly and learn more about the Senedd and my role as your local Assembly Member.”

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22 February 2018

For the Love of the Atlantic Puffin, We must act on Climate Change

Paul is pictured at the Show the Love campaign event.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies, the Species Champion for the Atlantic Puffin, supported the Show the Love campaign at the Senedd this Valentine’s Day (Wednesday 14th February), an event organised by Wales Environment Link and Stop Climate Chaos Cymru. ‘Craftivists’ from RSPB Cymru made a bespoke green heart badge for Mr Davies with a personalised message, asking them to keep protecting the Atlantic Puffin.

Environmental charities have promoted Show the Love for the last few years to raise awareness of climate change and highlight that everyone loves something that is threatened by it. Action needs to be taken to protect what we love, before it’s too late. In the Assembly, over 30 AMs act as Species Champions for at-risk species in Wales. Wales Environment Link (WEL) members partner AMs up with species in their constituencies that are considered, under the Environment Act, to be of key significance to sustain and improve biodiversity in Wales.

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21 February 2018

Departing NFU President leaves “big boots to fill”

Tributes have been paid to the outgoing NFU President, Meurig Raymond, who this week chaired his last NFU Conference in the role.

Meurig is set to step down after 4 years in the role, with the farmers’ union electing a successor to the top post today.

Shadow Agriculture Secretary – Paul Davies – said he had been a “tireless voice for farmers” and warned his successor that there were “big boots to fill”.

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19 February 2018

Work Experience Placement Offered by Local AM

Paul is pictured with Aled Thomas, an autism activist, who was given the opportunity to work alongside Paul at his Assembly office.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies was delighted to recently offer a work placement to Aled Thomas, an autism activist. Mr Thomas, who lives with autism himself, was given the opportunity to work alongside Paul at his Assembly office in Cardiff Bay. During his placement, Aled had the opportunity to see first-hand the work that Paul does at the National Assembly for Wales and contributed to preparing Paul’s plenary work.

Mr Davies said, “I’m delighted that Aled has enjoyed his time shadowing me in my role as an Assembly Member. I hope that the placement was able to give him a taste of the work that I do and I’m very thankful for all his hard work over the past few weeks. It’s always great to see people actively engaging with local and national politics and I look forward to welcoming more work experience placements in the future.”

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#RehabMatters Campaign Endorsed by Local AM

L-R: Jeroen Bruins, Reneé Groenevelt, local AM Paul Davies, Kate Roch.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies recently met with community physiotherapists to discuss the #RehabMatters campaign which aims to improve access to rehabilitation services across the UK. Mr Davies discussed the campaign and the provision of services in Pembrokeshire and then watched the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy’s campaign video.

Mr Davies said, “It was a real pleasure to meet with Jeroen, Reneé and Kate to discuss their work and discuss ways in which we can promote community rehabilitation services. It’s so crucial that patients leaving hospital have access to the right services as quickly as possible and so we need to make sure that community physiotherapists have the resources and support that they need. The RehabMatters film is a powerful one and as a result, I will be doing all that I can to raise awareness of this important campaign, to ensure that patients have access to the services and support that they need following hospital stays.”

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15 February 2018

Action Needed To Tackle Online Sale of Pets

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has raised the issue of the online sale of pets, following concerns that the number of sales has risen significantly in recent years. Mr Davies called on the Welsh Government to prioritise the matter and address the scale of unlicensed activity taking place online.

Mr Davies said: “The online trade of pets has been a longstanding issue as the invisibility of the trading system means that sellers do not always ensure the highest possible standards. There is simply no accountability and no way of ascertaining whether these animals are healthy, have had the appropriate veterinary checks and are even old enough to be taken away from their mothers. The Welsh Government must look at this activity and develop a strategy to address online trading and selling of pets, so that all parties can be confident that the welfare of animals is protected.”

You can access Paul’s speech (from paragraph 32) here - http://record.assembly.wales/Plenary/4907

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Mental Health in Rural Communities Raised by Local AM

Mental health in the agricultural industry was the focus of a speech given by local Assembly Member Paul Davies in the Assembly Chamber recently. Mr Davies spoke during a Welsh Conservatives debate on mental health at the Senedd and highlighted some of the successful initiatives across the world that could be adopted in Wales.

Mr Davies said: “It’s really important to address mental health in the agricultural industry as farming can be a particularly stressful occupation with many stress factors that are taken out of farmers’ hands – such as price volatility in the markets, or the emotional impact of bovine tb on their livestock for example. Therefore, we must ensure that service provision and support are available to our farmers on their doorstep.”

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14 February 2018

AMs host Pembrokeshire mental health charity at the Senedd

Paul is pictured with Simon Thomas AM and Emma Picton-Jones of the DPJ Foundation.At the National Assembly’s Pierhead Building in Cardiff Bay, Simon Thomas AM and Paul Davies AM hosted a presentation by Emma Picton-Jones of the DPJ Foundation.

The seminar explored the unique challenges that are experienced surrounding mental health by people living in rural areas.

In July 2016, Emma’s husband Daniel took his own life after suffering from mental health issues. Emma then decided to set up the DPJ Foundation, which aims to break the stigma of mental health and support young men in rural communities.

Founder of the charity Emma Picton-Jones said: “I think the event went really well. We had fantastic feedback. Everybody was really positive. A lot of people involved in the agricultural community have offered their support going forward. They recognise mental health is an issue that we have to do something about and that is vital as we move forward.”

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31 January 2018

Paul Davies Supports Love Zimbabwe Student Programme

Paul is pictured at the Love Zimbabwe stand in the Pierhead building.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies AM recently attended an event to support the Love Zimbabwe Student Programme, which allows students to experience living in a Zimbabwean village and participate in community projects. Love Zimbabwe is facilitating sustainable development in rural communities in Zimbabwe and working to foster better links between Wales and Zimbabwe for the future.

Mr Davies AM said, “It was a real pleasure to meet with representatives of Love Zimbabwe and get a real taste of Zimbabewan culture. It’s great to see Love Zimbabwe establishing relationships with HE providers like Lampeter University and I’ll be seeking out opportunities to see if there’s more that we can do to get Pembrokeshire involved in this scheme. As a rural community, Pembrokeshire has a lot to offer to communities in Zimbabwe and it would be great for our children and young people to be involved in international projects like Love Zimbabwe which promotes sustainability, culture and respect.”

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30 January 2018

Local AM Visits High Street Optometrist

Paul is pictured with local optometrist Andy Britton.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies AM recently visited Specsavers in Haverfordwest to meet local optometrist Andy Britton and learn more about the valuable role of community optometrists across Wales. The visit, coordinated by Optometry Wales gave Mr Davies a better understanding of the Wales Eye Care Service and the importance of having regular eye checks.

Mr Davies said: “Visiting a local community optometrist reminded me of the importance of having regular eye checks. Eye checks are just as important as any other health checks as these tests can show early signs of a number of conditions, which is why it’s so important that as many people as possible visit their local optometrist. The Wales Eye Care Service has certainly shifted care closer to home for many patients across Wales by offering a quality clinical service on the door step. It’s so crucial that people recognise the merits of regular eye checks and ensure that they visit their local optometrist on a regular basis.”

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Paul Davies Enjoys a Packed Pembrokeshire Breakfast

L-R: Mr David Nicholas, FUW Pembrokeshire County Chairman; Mrs Gwyneth Hayward, Chair of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority; Paul Davies AM; Mr Hywel Vaughan, FUW Pembrokeshire President.Local farmers in Pembrokeshire were recently joined by Assembly Member Paul Davies for a Pembrokeshire full breakfast at Crundale Village Hall. Mr Davies attended the event as part of the FUW’s Farmhouse Breakfast Week campaign, which saw several events arranged across Wales to promote the benefits of a healthy breakfast.

Mr Davies said: “It was a real pleasure to attend the FUW’s Pembrokeshire branch breakfast and help raise vital funds for the two very important charities – Alzheimer's Society Cymru and the Farming Community Network (FCN). The event was also a great opportunity to meet with Pembrokeshire farmers to hear more about some of the local challenges facing the industry and I’ll certainly be taking those views back to the Assembly with me. It’s an unpredictable time for the farming industry and so it’s crucial that Governments are working together to provide the industry with the stability and support it needs.”

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