March 2014

28 March 2014

Paul Davies Supports Earth Hour 2014

Paul is supporting Earth Hour 2014.Hundreds of thousands of people in Wales are expected to turn out the lights for an hour from 8:30PM on Saturday (29 March) as part of the world's biggest celebration of the planet and around the world, millions are expected to join the event as major landmarks including the Empire State Building, Brandenburg Gate and The Kremlin go dark.

WWF Cymru has also launched the 'Welsh Wish' website – wwf.org.uk/welshwish - for people to choose a wish for a sustainable future, share it with friends, and join an online 'galaxy of stars'. The initiative has won support of members of the Wales rugby squad and actor Michael Sheen. On the night, organisers are encouraging Earth Hour supporters in Wales to share their photos and videos via Facebook and Twitter, using the hashtags #earthhour and #welshwish

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21 March 2014

Paul Davies Leads Debate on Withybush Hospital

Services at Withybush hospital were once again the subject of a debate at the Senedd, thanks to local Assembly Member Paul Davies. Mr Davies took the opportunity to highlight developments at Withybush hospital following the Health Minister's decision to close the Special Care Baby Unit earlier this year.

Mr Davies said, "I was pleased to have the opportunity once again raise the issue of Withybush hospital at the Assembly. The Minister and his colleagues must accept that people in Pembrokeshire will not give up their health services without a fight. Since the Minister's announcement, we have seen another announcement by the local heath board to downgrade paediatrics from a full-time model to a 12hr model – and the Minister still refuses to acknowledge the effect that this downgrading could have on other services at the hospital.

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20 March 2014

“Support for GCSE English students needed” Says Local AM

Preseli Pembrokeshire Assembly Member Paul Davies has expressed his concerns regarding the recent WJEC GCSE English language results. The general percentage of students who received results far below what was expected was around 25-30% in Pembrokeshire. In response, the WJEC has now decided to remark some, but not all, of the English exams.

Following a Welsh Conservatives debate at the Senedd, Mr Davies said, "I felt it was important to speak up and reflect the views that I had received from across Pembrokeshire on this very disappointing matter. Despite teachers' hard work and dedication, many children across Pembrokeshire received grades far lower than expected. Naturally, many students and teachers were shocked and upset that they didn't receive a fair grade."

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19 March 2014

Tax cut for over a million Welsh workers

Welsh Conservatives today welcomed a tax cut for over a million Welsh workers as part of a package of measures to sustain the long term economic plan.

The Budget announced another rise in the personal allowance to £10,500. Since 2010, 155,000 of the lowest paid workers in Wales have been taken out of tax altogether.

Since 2010, Labour's budget deficit has been cut by more than a third, unemployment is falling and the UK economy is now the fastest growing in Europe.

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West Wales cardiac report prompts calls for ‘urgent action’

Commenting on the publication of a critical review into cardiac services at Bronglais, Withybush, Glangwili, and Prince Philip – which issues a number of recommendations for improvement and also raises concerns over mortality data in the Hywel Dda health board area - Welsh Conservative Shadow Minister for Health, Darren Millar AM, said:

"This is another highly critical report into a Welsh NHS already creaking under pressure and reeling from Labour's record-breaking budget cuts.

"Cardiac services in Wales remain under intense scrutiny and Labour's Carwyn Jones should apologise for clear failings taking place under his watch.

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05 March 2014

Withybush Protestors Must be Heard

As hundreds gather outside the Senedd to protest against plans to downgrade services at Withybush Hospital, Welsh Conservative Assembly Members have called on Carwyn Jones and Welsh Labour to listen to their concerns.

Recently announced changes will see the hospital's special care baby unit close.

This, despite a previous commitment from Labour's First Minister that no Welsh hospital would be downgraded.

Welsh Conservatives have long campaigned for core services at Withybush to remain unchanged.

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Rural Observatory Closure “Irresponsible” Says Local AM

Information received by the Welsh Conservatives has confirmed the closure of the Wales Rural Observatory, a research body set up to collect and analyse rural data and undertake research on issues facing rural Wales. This research includes a number of areas such as environmental issues, the rural economy and housing and service provision.

Commenting on the closure of the Observatory, local Assembly Member Paul Davies said, "I'm disappointed that the Welsh Government has decided to close the Rural Observatory. This move will certainly have an effect on rural proofing Government policies in Wales. People living in rural areas like Pembrokeshire deserve to be fully considered as part of any Government policy, and it's essential that the collection and examination of rural data is not lost. This is an irresponsible move that will do nothing to ensure that the needs of rural communities are addressed and that services in rural areas are adequately provided."

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04 March 2014

Local AM Enjoys Tour of Tourist Businesses

Jeremy Martineau (Fishguard and Goodwick Chamber of Trade), Sophie Hurst (Preseli Venture Eco Lodge and Adventures), and Paul Davies AMPaul Davies AM enjoyed a visit to Fishguard and Goodwick Chamber of Trade and Tourism on February 28th. This was the culmination of a week in which tourism related businesses bent the ear of politicians about the needs of their industry.

The Chamber recognises the significance of tourism in the North Pembrokeshire area and took the Assembly member to places he had not seen before. Preseli Venture near Mathry provides a range of activities aimed primarily at the young.

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Welsh Government Considers Statistics Axe

The three opposition parties in the National Assembly have today come together to raise concerns that the Welsh Government is considering scrapping some of its own performance indicators.

The Welsh Government's consultation on 'Proposals concerning the publication of official statistics' closed last night, with responses from the Welsh Conservatives, Plaid Cymru and the Welsh Liberal Democrats.

Each party made clear its opposition to the scrapping of Welsh Government performance data and the implications for the accountability and transparency of the executive.

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03 March 2014

Local AM Reopens Paul Sartori Shop in Fishguard

Left to right : Paul Davies, AM, Maisy Dorkings, Ros Raymond, PSF Trustee, Phil Thompson, PSF Trustee, Richard Grosvenor, Mayor of Fishguard and Goodwick, Rita Jenkins, Sartori Store Volunteer Supervisor, Gwyneth Evans, Nostalgia Volunteer Supervisor.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies was delighted to reopen the Paul Sartori shop in Fishguard this week. Speaking at the reopening Mr Davies said, "It's a privilege to be asked to reopen the Paul Sartori shop in Fishguard which is now located in much bigger premises. This shop is a wonderful asset to the local community – and I very much hope the people of Fishguard support this local store for years to come. The role of charity shops on the Welsh high street is important for our society and also for our local economy. It is essential that we recognise the valuable contribution charity shops make to the organisations they represent and the essential services that they help to provide. The money raised at this store will help to provide a range of services that the Foundation delivers, such palliative care, home nursing support and counselling services."

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