2019

16 January 2019

Welsh Conservatives urge Welsh Labour-led Government to back Autism Bill

The National Assembly for Wales will today debate the general principles of the Autism (Wales) Bill, proposed by Welsh Conservative leader Paul Davies AM, but Welsh Government opposition threatens to block it.

The purpose of the Bill – developed alongside the National Autistic Society – is to provide people with autism in Wales a statutory right to receive timely services that can meet their needs and work to improve understanding of the condition.

Mr Davies, who is leading the Bill’s passage through the Assembly, is aiming to bring forward specific autism legislation that already exists in England and Northern Ireland.

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15 January 2019

Calls for First Minister apology over farmer data leak

The Leader of the Welsh Conservatives today called on the First Minister to apologise to those farmers that were affected by a confidential data leak.

Paul Davies AM called the data leak an ‘inexcusable oversight’ which ‘demanded’ answers.

Earlier this year the Welsh Government blamed an “administrative error” for the mistake which saw personal data being published in response to a freedom of information request. It prompted fears the farms could be targeted by activists and led officials to "urgently review" procedures.

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08 January 2019

New First Minister must seize the opportunity to improve the Welsh NHS

The transition of government in Wales provides a fresh opportunity for bold change and improvement to the Welsh NHS, according to the Leader of the Welsh Conservatives.

During Mark Drakeford’s inaugural First Minister’s Questions, Paul Davies AM called on the Welsh Government to seize the opportunity to modernise the NHS Wales, and to capitalise on the increase in funding that will come to Wales as a result of UK Government investment.

During his questions, Mr Davies made reference to some of the failings in the Welsh NHS, including:

  • Welsh health boards are collectively facing a deficit of £360m;
  • A&E waiting times have not been met since their implementation in 2009;
  • Patients are routinely waiting longer than one year for vital surgery;
  • Wales’ largest health board – Betsi Cadwaladr – is in Special Measures and has been for over three and a half years

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04 January 2019

New Year’s message from the Leader of the Welsh Conservatives

The last year has provided Wales and the UK with much drama, so let’s use 2019 and all its opportunities to heal old wounds, whether it be inside or outside the realm of politics.

President Trump visited the UK, the anti-Semitism scandal of the Labour Party deepened, and Parliament remained split over Brexit over the last 12 months.

All of these, of course, have their rightfully serious implications and certainly caused tensions in our society, but let us not forget the things that strengthened us as a country.

A long-term funding commitment was announced for the NHS, the centenaries of female suffrage and the end of the First World War, and the Prime Minister vowed to ‘eradicate’ all avoidable plastic in the UK within 25 years. All of these unite us.

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