June 2012

29 June 2012

AM Leads Debate on Withybush Hospital Following Protests Outside Senedd

Protestors outside the SeneddLocal Assembly Member Paul Davies has recently led a Welsh Conservative debate on Withybush Hospital in the Assembly Chamber; whilst protestors from across Pembrokeshire gathered outside the Senedd to protest against its potential downgrading.

Mr Davies said, "I was pleased to lead and take part in such an important debate. It was a particularly timely one, as Pembrokeshire residents had been protesting outside the Senedd about the downgrading of services at Withybush hospital that very day. I fully believe that my constituents should not have to travel greater distances for lifesaving medical care and treatment. I sought assurances from the Health Minister and challenged her over concerns to downgrade District General Hospitals. The Welsh Labour Government is cutting the Welsh NHS budget by £534 million in real terms over the next three years, and doing so at a time when one in eight people in Wales are on an NHS waiting list. This is why hospitals like Withybush are seeing services such as orthodontics and histopatholgy disappear without consultation."

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28 June 2012

AM Visits Winning Formula at Ysgol Dewi Sant

Top L-R: Chloe Robertson-Steel, Local AM Paul Davies, Caitlin McEvoy, Bottom L-R: Kelly Dixon, Isabelle Hughes.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has recently visited Ysgol Dewi Sant to see the school's entry to the F1 in Schools Challenge. Pupils from the team "Motion Racing" will head to Abu Dhabi to compete against teams from 40 countries at the World Final, this October. They are collaborating with a Malaysian team – Aeromach – which means overcoming time differences, cultural and language barriers.

The F1 in Schools Challenge is an international competition which aims to simulate the real world of F1 racing. Teams of up to six students, aged between nine and nineteen, have to design, manufacture and race small balsa wood cars powered by compressed gas, down a 20m track. They are then judged on their race times, pit displays, portfolios, marketing, sponsorship, verbal and technical presentations.

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27 June 2012

Labour Empire-Building with Taxpayers’ Cash

Commenting on the publication of further details about the Welsh Government's new London HQ, Paul Davies AM, Shadow Minister for Finance, said:

"The annual running cost of the Welsh Government's new London office will be £270,000 – a massive increase on its current London base.

"At a time when Labour is imposing drastic cuts on the Welsh NHS, it is shocking that Ministers are prepared to fritter away taxpayers' money on an expensive new London office.

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26 June 2012

Save Withybush. Stop Hospital Downgrades.

Welsh Conservatives will tomorrow (Wednesday) lead an Assembly debate on Welsh government proposals to downgrade Withybush Hospital in Pembrokeshire.

The debate comes as protestors prepare to make their way to the Senedd to demonstrate against the plans.

They will be joined by Preseli Pembrokeshire Assembly Member Paul Davies and AM for Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire Angela Burns.

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Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Attends Epilepsy Action Cymru Event

Local AM Paul Davies is pictured at the ‘We Want Excellence Event’ held by Epilepsy Action Cymru.Local AM Paul Davies met with epilepsy clinicians and patients this week at the 'We Want Excellence Event' held by Epilepsy Action Cymru. The event aimed to raise awareness of the detailed challenges of epilepsy and ensure that the highest level of treatment, support and education can be delivered. At the event, Mr Davies was able to speak with epilepsy specialists within the field and hear first-hand accounts from patients.

Mr Davies commented, "I was delighted to attend such an important event. I was honoured to have the chance to speak to clinicians and epilepsy patients and to support any action that would benefit the almost half a million UK's epilepsy sufferers. The work of Epilepsy Action Cymru is invaluable with the information, support and guidance that they provide. I will continue to support any efforts made by Epilepsy Action Cymru in the future and I look forward to working with them closely."

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22 June 2012

AM Condemns Welsh Government’s Inaction on Broadband Spending

Local AM Paul Davies has recently raised ofthe issue broadband in the Chamber with the Finance Minister. Despite the fund already being transferred to the Welsh Government last year, there has been no further action by the Minister for Business in aid of addressing the decision.

Jane Hutt, the Minister for Finance, endorsed a full update on the investment plans and pledged to ask the Minister for Business to provide an update.

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21 June 2012

Former Bank Manager Raises Bank Lending With First Minister

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has pressed the First Minister to address the reluctance of some banks to support businesses in Pembrokeshire. Mr Davies emphasised the concerns of a number of business representatives from his constituency and asked the First Minister what the Welsh Government had achieved in discussions with banks in Wales, to ensure they support businesses during this difficult economic time.

Paul Davies commented, "The difficult economic climate is being amplified by the reticence of lending from banks in Wales. Pembrokeshire has limitless potential for entrepreneurism and this should be supported by lenders. Banks need to realise that lending money can be mutually beneficial and a much needed injection into the local economy."

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Local AM Talks to Wolfscastle Women’s Institute

Paul Davies AM is pictured with members of the Wolfscastle Women’s Institute.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies AM had the privilege of meeting with the Wolfscastle Women's Institute recently. During the evening, Mr Davies made a presentation to the group informing them of his role as Preseli Pembrokeshire's Assembly Member and his work within the National Assembly for Wales in Cardiff. Mr Davies also took the opportunity to discuss a number of important constituency matters with the WI Members.

Mr Davies commented that "I was delighted to meet with members of the Wolfscastle Women's Institute. The evening provided an ideal setting for a productive and informative discussion. I am glad we could talk about a number of pertinent topics which are important to us here in Pembrokeshire. I would like to thank the Women's Institute for hosting the evening and look forward to meeting them again in the future."

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Pembrokeshire AMs Shows Their Support for National Microchipping Month

Paul Davies AM is pictured Angela Burns, Assembly Member for Carmarthen West and South PembrokeshireLocal Assembly Members Paul Davies and Angela Burns have embraced National Microchipping Month 2012 at the Senedd this week by supporting the benefits of microchipping and responsible ownership of pets. The event aimed to publicise the benefits of microchips on behalf of animals and owners alike.

Microchipping is an inexpensive and efficient form of pet identification and aids in maintaining a detailed database which can prove integral when reuniting a lost pet with their owner. Once found, a missing pet can easily be identified and traced to its owner proving invaluable.

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Paul Davies AM Supports Carers Week!

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies is supporting Carers Week 2012 in aid of the 370,000 unpaid carers in Wales who look after a family member, friend or partner; who needs help because they are ill, frail or have a disability. The national Carers Week is promoted by eight national charities including Carers UK and runs from Monday June 18th to Sunday June 24th. It is designed to raise the profile of carers, raise awareness of their needs, and celebrates the contribution that they make.

Paul Davies said, "I am pleased to support Carers Week 2012, which recognises the commitment and compassion of carers in Pembrokeshire, and indeed, across Wales. Carers perform a vital role and this week is a chance to show them some well-deserved appreciation. For more information on the events being held both nationally and locally this week, visit http://carersweek.org/ for more information."

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15 June 2012

Local AM Welcomes Consideration of Business Relief for Enterprise Zones

Preseli Pembrokeshire Assembly Member Paul Davies welcomes the Welsh Government's statement to consider offering targeted relief in Enterprise Zones. This week, the Minister for Business, Enterprise, Technology and Science, announced that her officials would be considering targeted business relief in response to recommendations made by the Business Rates Task and Finish Group report, led by Professor Brian Morgan.

Mr Davies said: "I am pleased that the Welsh Government is looking at supporting businesses in Enterprise Zone areas, as this will have a huge effect on businesses in Milford Haven, where the Haven Waterway enterprise zone has been designated. I hope that the Welsh Government continues to engage with key stakeholders and the enterprise zone Chair to help support businesses and communities in this enterprise zone, here in Pembrokeshire."

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14 June 2012

River Lodge: Scandalous Waste Of Public Money

Commenting on the publication of a Wales Audit Office report, which concludes the Welsh Government has wasted at least £1.8million purchasing and maintaining a hotel, which delivered absolutely no benefits to the taxpayer, Paul Davies AM, Shadow Finance Minister, said:

"This damning report highlights a widespread lack of rigour and scrutiny in the Welsh Government's spending of taxpayers' money.

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12 June 2012

Call For Strong Guidance on Child Welfare

Responding to the statement from the Education Minister and Deputy Minister for Children & Social Services on safeguarding children in Pembrokeshire, Angela Burns AM, Shadow Minister for Education and Assembly Member for Carmarthen West & South Pembrokeshire, said:

"We welcome this statement of intent from the Welsh Government in response to major failings in child safeguarding within Pembrokeshire, however we do have enormous concerns over the use of timeout rooms in whatever form they may take throughout Wales.

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