2008

25 February 2008

Pembrokeshire Shows Tories The Way

Paul-Shows_ToriesThe Conservative Shadow cabinet has spent a day in Pembrokeshire learning more about the County.

Seven of the Conservatives' nine Assembly Members spent the night at the St Bride's Hotel in Saundersfoot before visiting places that were relevant to areas of their expertise.

Shadow leader Nick Bourne was shown around Lawrenny and Tenby Cottage Hospital by local AM Angela Burns.

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22 February 2008

Pembrokeshire Musn't Lose Out to the Olympics

Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies has raised fears that local charities will lose out because of the cost of hosting the Olympics in London in 2012.

It is estimated that the voluntary sector in Wales could see £7.5 million of its funding channelled to help pay for the Games.

"If the impact was shared across parliamentary constituencies, then Preseli Pembrokeshire would lose around £730,000," he said.

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15 February 2008

Green Award-Winning Machine

re-use project, has been awarded Star Social Firm status by Social Firms UK. FRAME is the first Social Firm in Wales to receive this new award which is the social enterprise equivalent of an Investors in People award. Pictured are - Jackie Williamson (FRAME volunteer director), Karen Davies (business manager), Jenny Sims (chief executive officer), Paul Davies AM, and Cllr Sian James (cabinet member for health and social wellbeing).Pembrokeshire's community re-use organisation FRAME has been commended by Paul Davies AM for going from strength to strength.

Pembrokeshire FRAME has just won an industry award and now has plans to expand to a third premises in the north of the County.

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Government Must Back Welsh Language Written Media

COMMENTING on today's reports that plans to publish the first daily newspaper in Welsh have been abandoned, Shadow Heritage Minister and Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies said:

"I am extremely disappointed the plans to publish Y Byd look set to be abandoned.

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14 February 2008

First Minister Admits Pembrokeshire Dental Crisis

Wales' First Minister has admitted that Pembrokeshire needs more help to solve its dentist shortage.

In a letter to Mid and West Wales AM Nick Bourne about solving the shortage of dentists he wrote: "I am aware there's more to be done, particularly in areas such as Pembrokeshire, but we are committed to providing an NHS dental service to tackle the oral health inequalities which meets the needs of the people of Wales."

His letter comes after the Community Health Council admitted there were still 14,000 people on the waiting list for an NHS dentist in the county, despite six new dentists starting work in November.

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13 February 2008

Assembly Government Stuck On Starting Blocks Over 2012 Olympics

Welsh Conservatives have voiced concerns that Culture Minister Rhodri Glyn Thomas has not yet met organisers of the 2012 London Olympics.

A statement from the minister, obtained by the party, shows he has had no discussions with the team behind the Games about tourism opportunities relating to Wales.

Welsh Conservatives have also discovered that to date no additional funding has been allocated to the organisation VisitWales to maximise the tourism potential for Wales of the London games.

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09 February 2008

Paul Davies AM Calls For Solution To Lorry Jams

PRESELI Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies is calling for a solution to lorry jams in Lower Fishguard.

A number of large lorries have got stuck in the narrow streets of the town, causing damage to property and raising fears of injuries.

Mr Davies has written to the Trunk Roads Agency to try to solve the problem.

"This has become a serious issue and it doesn't have an easy solution," said Mr Davies.

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08 February 2008

Olympics Funding Has Ministers Running In Circles

WELSH Conservatives today accused the Assembly Government of 'running round in circles' over funding for the 2012 London Olympics.

The claim follows contradictory comments from ministers over whether the National Assembly and other devolved bodies should or will receive money from the Treasury as a consequence of spending on the games.

Last October Finance Minister Andrew Davies told AMs "there will not be any consequentials" for Wales arising from infrastructure spending on the event. Now the Assembly Government says there should be.

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06 February 2008

Botanic Garden Debt Wiped Out

Commenting on the announcement today by the Assembly Government that the £1.9 million overdraft of the National Botanic Garden will be cleared using public money, Shadow Culture Minister Paul Davies AM said:

"The Garden is a national treasure and there is no doubt that we must continue to support it.

"We are also pleased to see the Gardens are looking into various opportunities now to attract private investment.

"However, as we see another institution bailed out by the Labour-Plaid administration, it does beg the question how many more times will this happen?

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01 February 2008

Shocking Figures Reveal True Depth of Dental Health Crisis In Pembrokeshire

PEMBROKESHIRE'S dental crisis is deepening – despite two new NHS practices opening two months ago, says Paul Davies AM.

There were 14,000 people waiting for an NHS dentist last October. A month later two new practices with a total of six dentists opened in Milford Haven and Haverfordwest.

But the Local Health Board has now confirmed that there are still 14,000 people on the waiting list.

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Paul Davies AM Condemns Assembly Failure to Support Police Pay Rise

Paul Davies AM has condemned Labour and Plaid Cymru's failure to support a pay rise for Dyfed-Powys police.

The two parties refused to support a Welsh Conservative motion calling on the UK Government to honour the recent police pay award recommendation.

"In its failure to lobby the Westminster Government, Labour and Plaid Cymru are simply shirking their responsibility as regards Wales's police forces," said Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Mr Davies.

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30 January 2008

Government Backs Welsh Conservative Thinking on Honours

COMMENTING on a proposal by the Welsh Assembly Government for a new Welsh honours system, Shadow Culture Minister and Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies said:

"I am delighted that yet again the Assembly Government is coming around to our way of thinking.

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25 January 2008

Campaign Launched To Uncover Depth of Pembrokeshire's Dental Crisis

Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies has launched a campaign to discover the depth of the dental crisis in our county.

"We have one of the lowest ratios of dentists per head of population in Wales and the service is beyond breaking point," he said. "I would like to hear from anyone having problems getting access to an NHS dentist or orthodontist."

Mr Davies led a debate on the issue in the Senedd last week and highlighted the fact that Pembrokeshire's local health board failed to spend £174,000 allocated to dentistry last year and had to return the money to central funds.

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24 January 2008

Shadow Secretary of State on Welsh Visit

Paul-JeremyHuntMPPreseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies and Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Jeremy Hunt MP recently visited St Fagan's museum near Cardiff.

The visit was part of a Welsh fact-finding tour by the Surrey MP.

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Pembrokeshire Deserves Better Train Service

Pembrokeshire deserves a better rail service, says local AM Paul Davies.

First Great Western, which operates the main line trains from London to West Wales, has just come last in a passenger satisfaction league table.

The independent rail consumer watchdog Passenger Focus sampled 50,000 people in its National Passenger Survey.

Only 74% of First Great Western's passengers were satisfied with their journeys compared to a national average of 81%.

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