19 April 2018

AM presses ahead with bespoke Autism Bill for Wales

IMG 20180411 180843Welsh Conservative Paul Davies has been visiting branches of the National Autistic Society (NAS) as part of the second consultation of his Autism (Wales) Bill.

The Assembly Member has visited a number a branches, seeking the views of local members on his draft Autism Bill and how it can better support people living with autism in Wales.

This has so far included visiting branches in Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire and Swansea.

Mr Davies ran an initial consultation last year to gauge the initial views of interested parties, before launching a second consultation on the draft Autism (Wales) Bill and its objectives.


AM Condemns Health Board Proposals

The three proposals to reconfigure health services published by Hywel Dda University Health Board have been met with anger by local Assembly Member Paul Davies. All three options being issued for consultation will result in Withybush hospital being downgraded to a community hospital.

He said, “The three proposals that Hywel Dda health board are consulting on signify a commitment by the health board to centralise services further again and will be disastrous for the people of Pembrokeshire. I’m extremely angry that the health board continues to ignore the views of the people living in my constituency and that as a result of all these proposals Withybush will be downgraded and patients will have to travel further for vital hospital care. The health board’s own impact assessment recognises the impact of travelling further on patients (and their families) in rural and isolated areas in west Pembrokeshire and yet these proposals have still been published. I will be raising this issue as a matter of urgency with the Welsh Government and I will be doing all that I can to oppose these catastrophic proposals.”


16 April 2018

Species Champion AM Visits Skomer Island

L-R: Ed Stubbings (Skomer Warden, Wildlife Trust), Lizzie Wilberforce (Conservation Manager, Wildlife Trust), Andrea Winterton (NRW), Local AM Paul Davies, Pat Lindley (NRW) and Dr Matt Wood (University of Gloucestershire).Local Assembly Member Paul Davies recently visited Skomer Island with the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales and Natural Resources Wales to better understand the importance of the island as a breeding site for several species including Puffins, Manx Shearwaters and Razorbills. Considered the most important seabird site in southern Britain, Mr Davies was shown some of the research and monitoring that takes place there as well as having the opportunity to discuss the important role of the Marine Conservation Zone.

He said, “The trip to Skomer Island was a real eye opener and I’m very grateful to the Wildlife Trust for their wonderful hospitality. The visit was a great opportunity to learn more about the importance of the site both domestically and internationally to a range of seabirds and to see first-hand some of the seabird conservation work. As the Species Champion for the Atlantic Puffin, it was fascinating to learn a lot more about the puffin as well as also recognising the importance of the site to such a high percentage of the global breeding population of Manx Shearwater. I will of course, be taking this experience back to the Assembly and encouraging the Welsh Government to do all that it can to support seabird conservation and research to protect some of our more vulnerable species for the future.”


13 April 2018

Local AM Supports Bowel Cancer Awareness Month

Paul Davies, Assembly Member for Preseli Pembrokeshire is supporting Bowel Cancer UK and Beating Bowel Cancer’s campaign to help raise awareness of bowel cancer symptoms, as part of Bowel Cancer Awareness Month this April.

In April alone 188 people in Wales will be diagnosed with bowel cancer and 77 people will die of the disease. It’s the nation’s second biggest cancer killer. However, it shouldn’t be. It’s treatable and curable, especially if diagnosed early. Nearly everyone diagnosed at the earliest stage will survive bowel cancer but this drops significantly as the disease develops. Early diagnosis really does save lives, but only around 15% of people are diagnosed at the earliest stage.


11 April 2018

Paul Davies Visits Local Autism Branch

Paul is pictured with Members of the National Autistic Society’s Pembrokeshire Branch.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies recently visited the National Autistic Society’s (NAS) Pembrokeshire Branch as part of his consultation work to deliver an Autism (Wales) Bill. Mr Davies met with branch members to discuss the delivery of autism services locally and how introducing an Autism Bill could have the potential to better the lives of people living with autism in Wales.

He said, “It was a pleasure to once again meet with members of the local NAS branch and listen to their views on ways we can improve service delivery across Pembrokeshire. I have been working to create an Autism Bill, which is currently out for consultation and it was important to hear the group’s views on the Bill. We have a real opportunity to work with the autistic community in Wales to deliver a first-class piece of legislation and it’s great that the group are so supportive. I look forward to continuing to work with the branch and others across Wales throughout the legislative process to create a Bill that is as effective as possible.”


03 April 2018

Welsh Conservatives response to UK Government’s ban on ivory sales

Commenting on the UK Conservative Government’s announcement of a UK ban on ivory sales, Shadow Rural Affairs spokesman, Paul Davies AM, said:

“This is a welcome announcement by the Conservative Government and reaffirms the UK’s global leadership on this critical issue, demonstrating our belief that the abhorrent ivory trade should become a thing of the past.

“The ban will be the toughest in Europe and one of the toughest in the world, which will protect elephants for future generations.


27 March 2018

DAVIES: World Autism Awareness Week

This week marks World Autism Awareness Week. For many autism charities it’s a fantastic opportunity for schools, workplaces and individuals to take part in activities to raise money and awareness of autism.

There’s still a great deal of work to be done to help start addressing some of the many hurdles faced by Wales’ autism community.

Against this backdrop and whilst the topic of autism is high on the political agenda, we have an excellent opportunity to reiterate the case for primary legislation here in Wales to put services for people living with autism on a statutory footing.


22 March 2018

AM Hosts Blue Cross Exhibition at the Senedd

Paul is pictured with Blue Cross representatives Anna Wade and Becky Thwaites.An exhibition focusing on the online sale of pets in Wales has been hosted by Preseli Pembrokeshire Assembly Member Paul Davies. The exhibition, arranged by animal welfare charity Blue Cross, briefed Assembly Members and staff on the dangers of selling pets online and highlighted the number of adverts placed in each constituency in Wales. Mr Davies’ constituency, Preseli Pembrokeshire saw 444 online adverts last year on the leading three classified websites and the Mid and West Wales region saw 7037 adverts.

He said, “I was delighted to welcome Blue Cross to the Senedd and sponsor their exhibition. The event was a great opportunity for Assembly Members to learn about the scale of online pet sales in their constituencies and regions and I’m delighted that so many Assembly Members attended the exhibition and showed their commitment to pet welfare. Blue Cross has produced an excellent report on online sales in Wales highlighting some of the very real concerns that people face buying pets over the internet. I will continue to work with my colleagues to raise this matter with the Welsh Government and look at ways in which we can tackle some of the issues that online trading presents.”


20 March 2018

Concerns Raised as Plans for Old Dyfed Model Back on the Cards

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has expressed his frustration at the Welsh Government’s plans to reconsider merging Pembrokeshire with Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion under a ‘Dyfed’ model of local governance. The Welsh Government has issued a green paper outlining its proposals which could see the number of councils across Wales scaled down from 22 to 10.

He said, “I’m extremely disappointed that once again the Welsh Government is looking at centralising local authorities across Wales, particularly given that Pembrokeshire councillors of all parties have previously made it clear that they are against a merger with Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion. Any proposals to reform local government in Wales must be cost-effective and carry the will of the people that it represents and we’re still yet to see any evidence that the Welsh Government’s plans meet this criteria. Let’s not forget Pembrokeshire has an international reputation that has been established in its own right – and that local brand and identity must be protected.”


AM Visits Local Spitfire Museum

L-R: Local MP Stephen Crabb, Mr Ray Burgess, local AM Paul Davies.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies recently visited the Welsh Spitfire Museum in Haverfordwest ahead of the 100th anniversary of the formation of the Royal Air Force in April. Mr Davies visited the museum along with local MP Stephen Crabb and heard more about its plans to develop a military reference library as their expanding collection of literature is now at almost 5,000 pieces.

Mr Davies said, “It was a pleasure to visit the Welsh Spitfire museum and have a look around the fuselage and the various exhibits. We’re very fortunate to have such a unique attraction on our doorstep and I’d encourage everyone to go and visit the museum. It was interesting to hear that a military reference library is now being developed and I look forward to visiting it when it opens. I wish the museum every success and I’m very grateful to the volunteers who have been so committed to protecting the artefacts and promoting our military history. Of course, there’s always room for more volunteers and so if this is something that you’d be interested in, please visit the museum’s website at http://welshspitfire.org/.”


16 March 2018

Pembrokeshire Coast Scoops Top Countryfile Award

Responding to the news that Pembrokeshire Coast has been voted the UK's Holiday Destination of the Year in the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards 2018, local Assembly Member Paul Davies said:

“I’m delighted that Pembrokeshire has been rightly recognised for its outstanding landscape. Pembrokeshire really has it all; from breath-taking beaches, beautiful mountains and plenty of interesting attractions. As someone who lives in Pembrokeshire, we can sometimes take what we have on our doorstep for granted and so it’s important that we take a moment to enjoy living in such a remarkable place. We must also remember the hard work that goes into conserving our local environment and I’d like to extend my thanks to everyone who helps to keep Pembrokeshire as beautiful as it is. This award is recognition of that hard work.”


Paul Davies Raises Health Board Plans with Cabinet Secretary

Preseli Pembrokeshire Assembly Member Paul Davies recently raised Hywel Dda University Health Board’s plans to transform services in the Assembly Chamber with the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Services. Mr Davies reiterated his opposition to any plans that would see services downgraded from Withybush hospital or the hospital removed in its entirety. In responding to the question, the Cabinet Secretary refused to give any details but confirmed that he’d had broad conversations with the Health Board about its plans.

Mr Davies said, “The future of services at Withybush hospital continues to be one of the biggest issues facing people living in Pembrokeshire and so I make no apology for continuing to raise this matter with Welsh Government Ministers. We know that the Health Board will shortly be consulting on their plans to transform services and so it’s important that the Welsh Government confirms that funding has been put aside for each of the options. I remain completely opposed to any plans that will result in services being removed from the hospital and any plans that will see the hospital being closed down completely. I’m also sceptical that the options put forward will be affordable and it’s essential that the health board and the Welsh Government confirm the affordability of each of the options alongside the consultation. The Cabinet Secretary refused to confirm whether the Welsh Government has guaranteed that funding will be made available for whichever options the local health board decides and so it begs the question, if the Welsh Government cannot guarantee the funding, then what is the point of consulting on any options at all?”


14 March 2018

Paul Davies Supports WWF Cymru’s Earth Hour 2018

Paul is pictured at the Earth Hour event in the Senedd.Preseli Pembrokeshire Assembly Member Paul Davies pledged his support for WWF’s Earth Hour campaign 2018 – the global movement to protect our planet. Every year, millions of people across the world show their love for our planet and their commitment to protecting it by taking part in WWF’s Earth Hour.

Last year in Wales, an estimated 280,000 took part in WWF’s Earth Hour, as did every single local authority in the country. Iconic Welsh landmarks like the Senedd in Cardiff Bay, the National Library in Aberystwyth, and Caernarfon and Caerphilly castles all went dark.


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.”


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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