2014

23 July 2014

“Red Meat Industry Must Be Supported” Says Local AM

Preseli Pembrokeshire Assembly Member Paul Davies is calling for support for the Welsh red meat industry, following the launch of the Welsh Conservatives Charter for Red Meat this week. The Charter includes a call for a voluntary code of practice for supermarkets to dedicate a section of floor space to Welsh beef and lamb.

Following Mr Davies' visit to the Royal Welsh Show at Builth Wells, he said, "The red meat industry is of huge importance to the Welsh economy and I'm delighted to promote our Red Meat Charter, which takes steps to ensure the industry's sustainability. In Pembrokeshire, we have many quality food producers, with an exceptionally high standard of produce – and I'm proud to support moves to see more of that produce on shop shelves."

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21 July 2014

Paul Davies Visits Royal Welsh Show

Commenting ahead of his visit to the Royal Welsh Show tomorrow (22nd July), Preseli Pembrokeshire Assembly Member Paul Davies said:-

"I'm delighted to be attending the Royal Welsh Show this year, where the goods and foods on display will showcase the very best of Wales once again. The Show provides an excellent opportunity not only to celebrate Welsh food and produce, but also engage with the farming and food industry to better understand some of the challenges facing the sector."

He added, "Sadly, agriculture and rural affairs have been demoted to a junior position around Welsh Government's cabinet table, which clearly demonstrates their attitude towards the industry. I hope to use my time at the Royal Welsh Show to engage as much as possible with farmers and food producers, establishing what some of their challenges are and listening to how we can best support the industry."

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15 July 2014

Evidence for a Keogh-style inquiry continues to grow

In the 12 months since Welsh Conservatives first called for a Keogh-style inquiry into standards of care, little has improved in the Welsh NHS and mortality figures remain a cause for huge concern.

That's the message from Welsh Conservative Deputy Leader, Paul Davies AM, while questioning Labour's First Minister in the Senedd.

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Paul Davies Congratulates new Secretary of State, Stephen Crabb MP

Commenting on the appointment of Stephen Crabb MP as the new Secretary of State for Wales, Preseli Pembrokeshire Assembly Member, Paul Davies said:-

"I'm delighted to congratulate Stephen on his new appointment. He is a dedicated and hardworking MP, and his promotion to the role of Secretary of State clearly demonstrates the Prime Minister's acknowledgment of his talents and skills.

I am privileged to work closely with him at a local level where he is fully committed to Preseli Pembrokeshire. I know that he will be an excellent Secretary of State who will be a strong voice for Wales across the Cabinet table, and of course, a huge asset to the people across the whole of our country."

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11 July 2014

Labour failed Powys Fadog campaigners

The Leader and Deputy Leader of the Welsh Conservatives in the National Assembly have met with campaigners from Powys Fadog, the group behind plans to develop an international centre for martial arts in Llangollen.

Andrew RT Davies and Paul Davies met representatives who explained a shocking catalogue of failings by the Welsh Government, which led to the waste of nearly £2million of public money and saw the project never get off the ground.

Powys Fadog campaigners have uncovered documents showing discussions about dropping the organisation's plans were going on behind the scenes by the Welsh Government but they were kept in the dark.

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10 July 2014

Withybush fight goes on

Commenting on a High Court decision to dismiss a legal challenge made by Hywel Dda reorganisation campaigners – Assembly Member for Preseli Pembrokeshire, Paul Davies, said:

"This is a disappointing decision which does not signal the end of our fight against Labour's devastating plans.

"It must also be remembered that neither is this decision any kind of endorsement of the proposals – which remain a catastrophic mistake.

"Plans to strip Withybush of core services are reckless, unnecessary, and dangerous.

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Funding for Fishguard Raised in Assembly Chamber

Paul is pictured in the centre of Fishguard.Funding for Fishguard's regeneration was raised in the Assembly Chamber, thanks to local Assembly Member Paul Davies. Mr Davies asked the Minister for Housing and Regeneration why funds for Fishguard were not forthcoming, following commitments from a previous Minister.

Paul Davies said, "It was important to raise the issue of funding for Fishguard, given a pledge made by the Welsh Government some years ago. Fishguard is a significant ferry port that needs to be sufficiently supported if we are to get the best that we can from it and that means vital investment is needed. Funds have been promised by the Welsh Government – and it's time that those funds were forthcoming. I have also written to the Regeneration Minister, with a copy of a letter confirming the Welsh Government's intention to provide funding for Fishguard."

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07 July 2014

Pembrokeshire shoppers donate over 1 tonne of food for local people in need

Paul is pictured at Tesco Extra in Haverfordwest.Haverfordwest shoppers donated a generous 1030.4 kg of food and £187.49 to Pembrokeshire foodbank (in association with Trussell Trust) on the three day National Collection at Tesco Extra Haverfordwest. The food was collected to help feed local people facing crisis. A small army of volunteers gave their time on 3rd, 4th and 5th July to make the supermarket collection such a success.

Pembrokeshire foodbank manager, Tirzah Redman, explained "Volunteers asked shoppers to donate an item or two to help feed local people in crisis. The food that is given out by the foodbank is donated by the public, which makes collections like this so important. The foodbank wouldn't be able to run without such giving from the public".

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04 July 2014

Labour spend £9,000 on Twitter monitoring

It emerged today that the Welsh Labour Government spent £5,000 last year monitoring the reach of its own Twitter accounts.

Last month, Welsh Conservatives revealed that Labour Ministers had spent nearly £200,000 since 2011 paying external companies to monitor their own media hits.

In total, £9,040 has been spent monitoring the use of Welsh Government Twitter accounts in the three years since 2011/12.

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03 July 2014

Have Your Say on Welsh NHS Services

Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies is encouraging the people of Pembrokeshire to have their say on local health services in Pembrokeshire. The Welsh Conservatives have launched a nationwide survey to capture views, both good and bad, of health services across Wales. The survey will run over the summer and is an opportunity to tell Assembly Members about the NHS service you expect and want to see taking shape over the next few years.

Paul Davies said, "I would like to encourage everyone from Pembrokeshire to contribute to our debate on the future of our health services. Have you had a good (or bad) stay at a Welsh hospital? Have you had trouble getting an appointment with your GP? Do you think higher earners should have their prescriptions paid for them? These are the types of issues that we want to hear about."

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26 June 2014

Local AM Raises Postal Scams in Assembly Chamber

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has raised the issue of postal scams, in a Welsh Conservative debate in the Senedd. According to the Office of Fair Trading, postal scams are estimated to cost their victims up to £3.5bn a year. Mr Davies highlighted how older people have been most vulnerable to scams and that more needs to be done to target these criminals and prevent postal scams from taking place.

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Paul Davies Raises Fishguard Trains in Chamber

The future of rail services between Fishguard and Carmarthen has been raised in the Assembly Chamber, thanks to local Assembly Member Paul Davies. Mr Davies questioned the Minister for Economy, Science and Transport on when a firm decision over the future of these services would be forthcoming.

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Ambulance Response Times Prompt Calls To Stop Service Changes

Outside Withybush -----Figures released this week show that ambulance response times in Pembrokeshire have deteriorated significantly in May 2014.

The figures show that 50.8% of ambulances in Pembrokeshire arrived at the scene of an immediate life-threatening Category A call within 8 minutes. The target is 65%. Neighbouring counties of Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire achieved better figures of 53.3% and 51.9% respectively, and the average for the whole of Wales was 54.1%.

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23 June 2014

Paul Davies AM Visits Local Allotments

Jury Lane Allotments Roger Thomas  Len Thomas 2Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has recently met up volunteers at a community allotment in Haverfordwest. Mr Davies discussed the benefits of allotments to individuals and the local community, whilst studying some of the produce being grown.

Mr Davies said: "I was delighted to visit the allotments in Haverfordwest, to see some of the good work being done by local volunteers. These allotments bind the local community together and are a great way to learn more about the benefits of working with nature, healthy eating and the local wildlife.

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18 June 2014

Local AM Supports Senedd Protest

Paul is pictured with protestors outside the Senedd.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has joined crowds outside the Senedd to voice concerns over threats to services at Withybush hospital. Mr Davies joined hundreds of people from across Pembrokeshire who arrived at the Assembly to send a clear message to the Welsh Government that they will not tolerate the downgrading of services at Withybush Hospital.

Mr Davies said, "Once again, the people of Pembrokeshire have come to the Assembly to send their message loud and clear. We in Pembrokeshire already have to travel further afield for specialist treatment; forcing us to travel further afield for lifesaving care and emergency services, will put lives at risk. I'm appalled that the Welsh Government and the local health board have decided to proceed with these catastrophic plans."

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