May 2013

23 May 2013

Paul Davies Attends Epilepsy Awareness Event

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has recently attended an epilepsy awareness event at the Senedd in Cardiff Bay. Currently there are around 20,000 – 30,000 people with epilepsy in Wales and approximately 1,500 people develop epilepsy each year. The event focused on the epilepsy commissioning directive, which was published in 2009 and highlights what a good epilepsy service in Wales should look like and what local health boards need to do to achieve this.

Paul Davies said, "I was delighted to attend the epilepsy awareness event to learn more about the challenges facing patients and families of those with this condition. The work of Epilepsy Wales is invaluable in supporting and working with epilepsy suffers. I will continue to support any efforts made by Epilepsy Wales in the future and I look forward to working with them closely."

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16 May 2013

Paul Davies Hosts Urdd Senedd Event

Paul is pictured at the 2013 Urdd Gobaith Cymru Message of Peace and Goodwill event at the Senedd.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has recently hosted the 2013 Urdd Gobaith Cymru Message of Peace and Goodwill event at the Senedd recently. Since 1922 the young people of Wales have shared a Peace & Goodwill Message with the world, and the Urdd continues to do so annually every May. The message is an inspiration for the Urdd's humanitarian work locally and nationally.

Paul Davies said, "I was delighted to host the Urdd Peace and Goodwill event at the Senedd especially as this year, the Urdd Eisteddfod will be held in Pembrokeshire. The Eisteddfod gives young performers the opportunity to develop their talent and provides them with a platform to perform – and that is something that I believe should be celebrated. However, it is also important to recognise that the Urdd as an organisation undertake some important humanitarian work across Wales, and that is something that needs to be celebrated too."

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03 May 2013

Local AM Leads Debate on Dualling the A40 in Pembrokeshire

Paul is pictured next to the A40.Dualling the A40 in Pembrokeshire was the topic of a short debate at the National Assembly recently thanks to local Assembly Member Paul Davies. Mr Davies was selected for a short debate and decided to focus the debate around building a rural road network for the 21st century in Pembrokeshire, and called on the Welsh Government to seriously consider the case for dualling the A40.

Paul Davies said, "I was delighted to use my short debate to highlight the case for dualling the A40 in Pembrokeshire. This matter is not party political – indeed, representatives from all political parties have acknowledged the importance of dualling this road – and it is time that the Welsh Government listened. It would certainly provide job opportunities and go some way to attracting inward investment to the area. I believe it would also help make travelling to Pembrokeshire much easier for residents and for the thousands of visitors that come to the locality each year."

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Local AM Welcomes Tidal Energy Funding

Local AM Paul Davies has welcomed investment from the European Regional Development Fund for the deployment of Wales' first full-scale tidal energy generator to be based at Ramsey Sound in Pembrokeshire. The DeltaStream device, which was invented by Pembrokeshire engineer Richard Ayre, sits on the seabed under its own gravity and comprises of three independent 400kW turbines mounted on a triangular frame.

Paul Davies said, "I'm pleased that Tidal Energy has received this vital funding to commence the deployment of the DeltaStream device. Wales has 1200km of coastline, deep sea ports and accessible grid infrastructure and so our waters are ideally suited to meet the requirements of the marine energy industry. This is a fantastic opportunity for Pembrokeshire and I look forward to seeing this scheme develop over the next few months."

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Paul Davies Marks International Day of the Midwife

Paul is pictured with Powys midwife Gwyneth Ratcliffe.Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies marked International Day of the Midwife by attending a reception at the Senedd, to meet with midwives across Wales and hear their experiences both in Wales and abroad. The International Day of the Midwife is on 5th May 2013 but this year, in Wales, it was marked on 1st May 2013.

Following the event, Mr Davies said, "I'm proud to show my support for International Day of the Midwife. The event is an excellent opportunity to recognise the role of midwives in supporting women and their babies through pregnancy, childbirth and the early days of parenthood. Therefore, it is crucial that Governments at all levels do as much as possible to further recognise the dedication and commitment of midwives in delivering babies into the world. Every woman in Wales has the right to a safe childbirth experience, and the Welsh Government must do their utmost to support the valuable service that midwives in Pembrokeshire, and indeed Wales provide."

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02 May 2013

Hywel Dda CHC Refer Plans Back to Minister

Local AM Paul Davies is supporting Hywel Dda Community Health Council's (CHC)decision to refer the health board's controversial plans for services in Pembrokeshire back to the new Health Minister. This referral comes following a further series of meetings between the CHC and the health board that were convened at the request of the previous Minister. However, despite reaching some compromises, the CHC still have several concerns and have further referred it back to the Welsh Government.

Paul Davies said, "I would like to once again congratulate the local community health council on their efforts to stand up against these plans, and speak up on behalf of the people of Pembrokeshire. It is crucial that the Welsh Government now takes responsibility for our health service and that the new Minister listens to the people of Pembrokeshire. I look forward to hearing his response to this development in due course. I will continue to raise this issue at the Assembly at every available opportunity, so that the views of the people of Pembrokeshire continue to be heard loud and clear."

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