January 2019

31 January 2019

Corbynite First Minister to use Wales as lab test for prisoner votes

The new First Minister of Wales, Corbyn supporter Mark Drakeford, has said his government wants to give all prisoners the vote in Assembly and local elections.

In a Welsh Assembly debate today, the Welsh Labour-led Government – which includes the only Liberal Democrat AM amongst it – and Plaid Cymru called for all prisoners to have the right to vote.

Although the result of the debate is non-binding, the Welsh Government’s explicit support – evident in their own amendment – has set Wales on a path towards giving prisoners which include murderers, rapists, terrorists, and paedophiles the right to elect AMs and councillors.

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29 January 2019

Welsh Government must act to ensure horrors of Holocaust aren’t forgotten, says Paul Davies AM

Welsh Conservative Leader Paul Davies AM this afternoon quizzed the First Minister over shocking statistics showing that one in 20 people in the UK don’t believe the Holocaust really happened.

The research from the Holocaust Memorial Trust coupled with further statistics from the Anti-Semitism Policy Trust show that Wales is falling behind when it comes to awareness of the Holocaust, as well as tolerance of different races and religions.

Mr Davies asked First Minister Mark Drakeford AM how far the Government’s new guidelines for schools will go to address the education of young people on this vital topic. He asked: “Are you confident that learning about the Holocaust and the consequences of religious or ethnic genocide are given enough emphasis in Wales’ new curriculum?”

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24 January 2019

Paul Davies Signs Holocaust Book of Commitment

Paul is pictured signing the Holocaust Book of Commitment.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has signed the Holocaust Book of Commitment which honours the victims of the Holocaust as well as paying tribute to the wonderful work carried out to educate young people of the event of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides.

Mr Davies said, ‘This year’s Holocaust Memorial Day Theme is ‘The Power of Words’ and is a reminder of how words can make such a difference, both for good and for evil in all our communities.

I was honoured to write a message in the Holocaust Book of Commitment in the Senedd. The Holocaust was one of the very bleakest times in human history and we must take the time to think about the six million Jewish lives lost, as well as the millions who were killed in subsequent genocides. It is essential that we commit to strengthen our resolve to continue to fight hatred and intolerance in all aspects of our lives.

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Furious Welsh Conservatives slam Government ‘tribalism’ for holding Wales back

The Welsh Government has voted down a second Private Members Bill in a week, leading to a furious reaction from the Welsh Conservative Party.

Welsh Conservative AM – Darren Millar – slammed the Welsh Governments ‘tribalism’ as a key contributor to its failings in Wales, and described its rigid approach to politics as ‘comparative of an authoritarian regime’.

Last week the Welsh Government voted against Assembly Member Paul Davies’ private bill which aimed to ensure increased support for autistic people of all ages, by addressing issues such as health and social services, educational outcomes, access to housing, and employment. This week’s Bill was proposed by Mr Millar, and was designed to ensure that older people in Wales were protected, promoted and respected by public sector decision makers. The Bill was backed by the Older People’s Commissioner, the Equalities and Human Rights Commission, Age Cymru, Age Connects, and the Cymru Older People’s Alliance, amongst others.

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22 January 2019

Government tribalism ‘paralysing’ Welsh Assembly

The Welsh Government’s ‘hard-line tribalism’ is paralysing the legislature in Wales, according to the Welsh Conservatives.

The claims were made by Welsh Conservative Leader - Paul Davies AM – during First Minister’s questions.

Paul Davies AM slammed the Welsh Government’s approach to last week’s vote on the proposed Autism Bill, which Mr Davies himself had put forward to the Assembly. He called the outcome of the vote a ‘disgrace’ which was caused by ‘tribalism for tribalism’s sake’.

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21 January 2019

Local AM Impressed by Visit to St David’s Care in the Community

Paul Davies AM with residents and staff of St David’s Care in the Community at their current art exhibition at Oriel y Parc, St David’s.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies recently met with a number of residents who are supported by St David’s Care in the Community. Mr Davies visited two of the six homes in the St David’s area which is run by the organisation. In addition, the local Assembly Member viewed art work created by residents, which is currently being exhibited at The Round Tower at Oriel y Parc, St David’s.

Commenting on his visit to St David’s, Mr Davies said “I was delighted to meet a number of residents and visit their homes at Fairfield and Anghorfa Dawel. Creative arts, and activities in the open air, such as gardening, are amongst a whole range of pursuits that residents can take part in, and it was clear to me how much the residents enjoyed this. It was also wonderful to see the close interaction between residents living at the different homes, and indeed the part that residents play in the day-to-day life of St David’s”

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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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