September 2012

28 September 2012

South Wales School Team’s Trip of a Lifetime

Paul is pictured with members of the Motion Racing team at Ysgol Dewi Sant.First Great Western is to help a group of youngsters realise their dreams of getting to Abu Dhabi, to compete in the World Finals of the F1 in Schools challenge in October.

The three 15 to 16 year olds from Ysgol Dewi Sant in St Davids and Monmouth Comprehensive had the 2nd fastest car at the F1 in Schools National Final and won the Chairman's Award for Best Team Identity, securing them a place in the World Finals to be held in Abu Dhabi.

Welsh Assembly Member Paul Davies approached First Great Western seeking help in getting the winning team to and from the airport.

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22 September 2012

Paul Speaks Out at Health Board Meeting

Paul is pictured at a Hywel Dda health board public meeting at Sir Thomas Picton School in Haverfordwest.Preseli Pembrokeshire Assembly Member Paul Davies attended a Hywel Dda health board public meeting to discuss their reorganisation plans, last night at Sir Thomas Picton School in Haverfordwest. The meeting was attended by up to 500 people to hear the proposals put forward by the local health board.

Mr Davies said, "I am encouraged that so many people came to the public meeting last night to take a stand against the health board's plans. There were certainly strong feelings aired throughout the room, particularly over the proposal to close the special care baby unit at Withybush hospital. Clinicians have already told us closing the special care baby unit could put lives at risk in my constituency. The people of Pembrokeshire have spoken loud and clear on this issue. I am a firm believer in local health services for local people. My constituents should not have to travel even further for lifesaving services."

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21 September 2012

Local AM Voices Concern over St David’s Bank Closure

Preseli Pembrokeshire Assembly Member Paul Davies is expressing his concern over the decision to close the HSBC St David's branch in December this year. In a letter to Mr Davies, HSBC have said that their "branch network [must] remain fit for purpose" and that existing accounts will be transferred to their Fishguard branch, some fifteen miles away.

Commenting on this, Mr Davies said, "I am saddened to hear that HSBC have decided to close their St David's branch. I accept that we are living in tight financial circumstances and that all branches must be commercially viable. However, I remain concerned the effect that this closure could have on my constituents, and indeed local businesses. On this basis, I have written to HSBC outlining my concerns."

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20 September 2012

Local AM Opens Meads Reservoir Partnership Project

Left to Right: Rev Derek Davies, Mr Setterfield, Local AM Paul Davies and Tom Packham from Welsh Water.Deputy Leader of the Welsh Conservative Assembly Group and AM for Preseli Pembrokeshire Paul Davies has opened the Meads Reservoir Partnership Project in Milford Haven this week. The project provides a garden and conservation area for local children to learn more about the natural environment and develop their gardening skills.

Speaking after the event, Mr Davies said, "It was a great pleasure to open the Meads Reservoir Partnership Project, which gives children a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the local environment and its wildlife. The project already has a pond where children can see frogs, newts, toads as well as the birds that live on the site and I'm told that there will be more tree planting in the woodland area in the near future."

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Paul Davies Meets with the RCN

At the Royal College of Nursing AGM last week in Haverfordwest, Preseli Pembrokeshire Assembly Member Paul Davies met with RCN members to discuss a number of issues facing the nursing sector as well as local issues affecting the people of Pembrokeshire.

Mr Davies said, "I'm grateful that I was given the opportunity to address RCN members at their recent AGM. I'm aware that there are several national and local issues of interest to the RCN and I was happy to discuss ways in which I can help promote these issues at an Assembly level. Since my election in 2007, my number one priority has been and still is to ensure we have the highest quality health services delivered locally in Pembrokeshire and I have been pressing the Welsh Government on the retention of services at Withybush hospital throughout this period."

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19 September 2012

Paul Goes Back to School

Paul is pictured at Ysgol Y Preseli School in Crymych.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has visited Ysgol Y Preseli School in Crymych to deliver a presentation on the role of National Assembly for Wales and his work as an Assembly Member.

Mr Davies said, "I was delighted to visit Ysgol Y Preseli once again to talk to the students about my role as the constituency Assembly Member for Preseli Pembrokeshire, the National Assembly for Wales and its powers; and of current issues that are important to my constituents.

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17 September 2012

Lack of First Aid Could be as Deadly as Cancer

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies is voicing his support for the hard-hitting St John's Ambulance campaign, Helpless (#Helpless), which seeks to encourage more people to learn basic first aid skills. Sadly, up to 140,000 people in England and Wales die each year in situations where first aid could have helped save their lives. The film, which first aired last night during ITV1's Downton Abbey and will be repeated tonight during ITV News at Ten, follows the journey of a man who is diagnosed with cancer, undergoes treatment, and survives only to die as a result of choking at a family gathering because no one knows the basic first aid that could have saved his life.

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06 September 2012

Local AM Supports Carers Rights Day 2012

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies is supporting Carers Rights Day 2012 in order to raise awareness of the needs of carers with the public, decision makers and professionals; as well as guide carers towards to the practical support that they can receive. This year Carers Rights Day will be taking place on Friday 30th November and the theme is 'Getting help in tough times', focussing on helping carers find financial help, get a helping hand and make the most of technology.

Mr Davies said, "I'm delighted to add my support to Carers Rights Day 2012. There are a number of additional costs that come with caring for a loved one with a disability and it is important that we do all that we can to make carers aware of their rights and the types of support available to them. More than 2 million people across the UK become carers every year and many don't identify themselves as carers and therefore miss out on vital support. I would like to encourage carers across Pembrokeshire to find out more about what support is available to them by visiting the Carers UK website at http://www.carersuk.org/get-involved/carers-rights-day"

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Paul Davies AM backs National Eye Health Week

Preseli Pembrokeshire Assembly Member Paul Davies has pledged his support for National Eye Health Week, which takes place between 17-23 September. National Eye Health Week brings organisations and health professionals from across the UK together to raise awareness of the importance of good eye health and the need for regular sight tests.

Mr Davies said, "I'm pleased to be backing National Eye Health Week, which is a fantastic way of raising awareness of good eye care across Wales. It is also an opportunity to look at national and local policies to ensure that eye health gets the attention it deserves and I will be raising this issue in the Assembly Chamber in the future. Sadly, the number of people with sight loss is expected to double over the coming years and so more needs to be done to raise the profile of sight loss and educate people on the importance of eye health."

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