July 2008

01 August 2008

Haverfordwest Conservatives

Haverfordwest Conservatives counted Preseli Pembrokeshire's four new county councilors and the town mayor amongst their guests when they met for their annual summer garden party last weekend.

Held at Longsdon, near Haverfordwest, by permission of Mervyn Collins, the event raised funds for the local Conservative association.

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Free Match Entry Scheme Welcomed by Shadow Sports Minister

Haverfordwest County Football club's scheme of letting under-16s in to matches for free has been praised by the Welsh Shadow Sports Minister.

Paul Davies, who is also the Assembly Member for Preseli Pembrokeshire, says the scheme is a great way to get more youngsters into sport.

"Haverfordwest County is to be congratulated for running this scheme again this year, it is exactly the sort of thing that can spark a lifelong interest in sport and keeping active," said Mr Davies.

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29 July 2008

Ministers Failing to Invest in Marketing Wales

WELSH Conservatives today published new evidence of the Labour-Plaid Assembly Government's failure to invest in the Welsh tourist industry.

Figures obtained by the party reveal that the coalition government is spending £5mn less on tourism marketing than the Wales Tourist Board did five years ago.

Shadow Heritage Minister Paul Davies AM described the news as "startling" and accused ministers of a "narrow-sighted approach" to investing in one of Wales' key industries.

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22 July 2008

New Heritage Minister Faces Many Challenges

COMMENTING on the appointment of Alun Ffred Jones as the new Heritage Minister, Shadow Heritage Minister Paul Davies AM said:

"I am pleased the Assembly Government has stopped dithering and finally appointed a replacement to Rhodri Glyn Thomas.

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18 July 2008

Competition in Television is Essential, Says AM

The importance of having more than one Welsh television broadcaster has been highlighted by Paul Davies AM.

Mr Davies was a member of the Welsh Assembly's Broadcasting Committee which has just completed a report on the future of public service broadcasting in Wales.

He spelled out how vital broadcast media is in Wales, especially as there are so few newspapers that purely cover the Principality.

"Broadcasting plays an important part in our lives, as citizens, we may not always appreciate how important it is," the Preseli Pembrokeshire AM told the Senedd.

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Dont Scrap Courses at Pembrokeshire College, Says AM - 18th July 2008

Pembrokeshire College shouldn't have to scrap courses because of funding cutbacks.

That's the view of Preseli Pembrokeshire Assembly Member Paul Davies who tackled the Finance Minister on the issue in the Senedd this week.

"One of the early priorities of the UK Labour Government was education, education, education and I am sure that education is the priority of this Assembly Government too" he said.

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Pembrokeshire LHB May Go After Government U-Turn - 18th July 2008

Pembrokeshire's Assembly Members have welcomed news that the county's Local Health Board may be scrapped under a wholesale reorganisation of the NHS in Wales.

The Conservatives have lobbied against having 22 separate trusts covering Wales since they were introduced by Labour in 2003.

Health Minister Edwina Hart announced on July 16 that she is planning to do away with all of the Welsh NHS Trusts and LHBs and replace them with seven separate health organisations.

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Farm Helpline

Pembrokeshire's Assembly Members are pictured during a lunch meeting hosted by Moira Williams at her farm near Lys y Fran on behalf of the charity Farm Crisis Network.

Gill Gibson who works for the charity is pictured (third from right) sitting next to Paul Davies AM for Preseli Pembrokeshire and Angela Burns AM for South Pembrokeshire.

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17 July 2008

Pembrokeshire Schools Will Struggle as a Result of Foundation Phase Intorduction, Say AMs

Basic errors in the introduction of the new Foundation Phase education system will play havoc with Pembrokeshire's primary schools, say the county's Assembly Members.

From September, all primary schools in Wales are switching to the new system which has a greater emphasis on learning through play and requires many more teachers and classroom assistants.

However there were major flaws in working out the funding of the new programme which have been highlighted in today's Welsh Assembly Finance Committee report.

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15 July 2008

Labour-Plaid Are Failing The Welsh Language

COMMENTING on today's claim by the Assembly Government that Wales is now in a "new era" of Welsh language policy, Shadow Heritage Minister and Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies said:

"The Labour-Plaid Assembly Government hardly has a record to boast about when it comes to the Welsh language.

"In the last 12 months we have seen ministers all-but abandon a commitment to support a Welsh language daily newspaper and discriminate against Welsh medium education in new laws on school transport.

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11 July 2008

More Must be Done to Teach Pembrokeshire Youngsters About Danger of Drink

Schoolchildren must be taught about the dangers of drinking in the same way as they are taught about the perils of drugs.

That's the view of Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies who took part in a Welsh Assembly Government debate highlighting the problem in Wales of underage drinkers.

Almost 400 Welsh children aged under 16 are admitted to hospital every year after drinking too much.

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Sea Fisheries Committees Need to be Merged, Says AM

Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies is pressing for the creation of an all-Wales sea fisheries body, saying that it will lead to better management of our seas.

He believes that the current system of one body looking after the north west of England and Wales as far as Cemaes Head and another monitoring the south of Wales is out of date.

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Hospital Must be Built Soon, Says AM

CARDIGAN'S hospital scheme must go ahead soon, says Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies.

A public meeting called by the Chamber of Trade is being held tomorrow (Weds) to discuss the issue.

Mr Davies wants to see the new hospital built either in the town or close to the outskirts of town – and soon.

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10 July 2008

Olympic Trip Costing Nearly £15K

WELSH Conservatives can reveal it will cost the tax payer almost £15,000 to send one Assembly Government Official to the Beijing Olympic Games this summer.

Figures obtained by Clwyd West AM Darren Millar show that while no Government Ministers will be attending, one official will represent Wales as part of a Nations and Regions delegation.

A second official visiting Beijing for only a few days will have their costs met by the British Olympic Association.

Mr Millar AM said:

"This seems like a staggering amount of money just to send one person to China.

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Welsh Assembly Government Must Do More to Attract Top Sporting Events

Welsh shadow sports minister Paul Davies is pressing for more to be done to attract top sporting events to Wales.

The Preseli Pembrokeshire AM says that after the Ryder Cup in Gwent in 2010 there is a dearth of top events coming to the country.

"We have some of the best facilities in the UK with the Olympic pool in Swansea and the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff and we must make sure we are promoting them properly as venues for prestigious international events," said Mr Davies.

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