2015

19 March 2015

Paul Davies Encourages All To Support Earth Hour!

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies is urging people, organisations and business in Pembrokeshire to sign up for this year’s Earth Hour. At 8.30pm on Saturday 28th March, hundreds of millions of people across the globe are expected to turn off their lights for an hour, to show they care about the future of our planet.

Mr Davies said “I urge everyone in Pembrokeshire to sign up to Earth Hour and switch off their lights at 8:30pm on 28th March. This is an easy way of showing you care about the planet. The threats to people and nature are real so I urge everyone to sign up in support of action against climate change. Remember that it’s not about just sitting in the dark for an hour, it’s about having fun and making 28th March a night to remember, so perhaps throw a dinner party with friends or loved ones by candlelight or perhaps even try a spot of stargazing.”

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16 March 2015

Paul Davies Opens Anne Frank Exhibition

Local AM Paul Davies is pictured with Mayor of Haverfordwest Roy Thomas, Doris Goddard of Cleddau Community Arts, Val Ross of the Anne Frank Trust; and students from Pembrokeshire college.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has opened the Anne Frank Historical Photographic Exhibition at Pembrokeshire College in Haverfordwest. The exhibition which offers a unique history of the Holocaust from the perspective of Anne Frank and her family, is open to the public and will be running for one week.

Following the event Mr Davies said, “I was privileged to open such an important exhibition and I hope that as many people as possible from Pembrokeshire will take the opportunity to visit the exhibition this week. These events are so important in not only remembering the past, but using those experiences to encourage people to embrace positive attitudes, personal responsibility and respect for others. The Anne Frank Trust and local community group Cleddau Community Arts have done a wonderful job in bringing this exhibition to fruition and I sincerely hope that local schools will visit and learn about the life of Anne Frank and the importance of tolerance, diversity and respect in our society.”

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11 March 2015

Paul Davies Presses for Patient Voice to be Heard in Neonatal Review

Paul Davies AM outside Withybush HospitalPaul Davies, the Welsh Assembly Member for Preseli Pembrokeshire has been lobbying the Minister for Health and Social Services, and Hywel Dda University Health Board to ensure patient experiences play a major part in the independent evaluation of the controversial changes made to maternity and neonatal services at Withybush Hospital.

The evaluation report is expected to be published in September this year, and it is understood the matter will be discussed at the next meeting of the Health Board to be held on 26th March. Details of the evaluation process will also be published on the Hywel Dda University Health Board website.

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04 March 2015

Paul Davies Supports Senedd Protest

Paul addressing the protestors outside the SeneddLocal Assembly Member Paul Davies has yet again joined crowds outside the Senedd to protest against reductions in services at Withybush Hospital. Mr Davies joined hundreds of Pembrokeshire residents who had made the long trip to Cardiff to give a clear message that recent decisions affecting services at Withybush Hospital would not be tolerated.

Mr Davies said “I was very pleased to be able to meet the hundreds of people that travelled to Cardiff today. The protestors gave a very clear message that the recent reductions in services at Withybush Hospital such as closing the Special Care Baby Unit, and downgrading paediatric services are dangerous and is putting people’s lives at risk. A number of constituents have contacted me advising me of their awful experiences by having to travel to access services at Glangwili Hospital in the middle of the night.”

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03 March 2015

Local School Visits National Assembly

Paul Davies AM answering questions from pupils of Cleddau Reach School, LlangwmPupils and staff from Cleddau Reach VC School in Llangwm recently visited the National Assembly for Wales as part of a trip to Cardiff. The pupils were given a tour of the National Assembly for Wales including a talk from National Assembly staff.

The pupils also took the opportunity to meet local Assembly Member, Paul Davies, and ask him questions about his role representing Preseli Pembrokeshire in the National Assembly.

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23 February 2015

Local AM Visits Historic Llangwm Church

Paul with church officials and parishioners outside St Jerome’s Church, LlangwmLocal Assembly Member Paul Davies recently visited the historic St Jerome’s Church in Llangwm to hear of exciting plans to renovate and conserve the church as well as providing comfortable facilities that could benefit the whole community and visitors alike.

Research carried out strongly suggests that the Church was originally built in around 1100. There is also strong evidence that a church stood on the site before the present one was built. Reminders of the early heritage remain, and these include two stones standing out from the wall above the pulpit that are understood to be all that remains of the medieval staircase that led to a minstrel’s gallery. In addition several other features remain.

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05 February 2015

Paul Davies Supports National Heart Month

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies is supporting the British Heart Foundation by raising awareness of their newest campaign, “Wear it. Beat it.” As February is Heart Month Mr Davies is encouraging the people of Pembrokeshire to show your hearts some love by wearing red on February 6, taking the workplace challenge between 16th-27th of February; and identifying small steps that can help reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

Mr Davies said, “I’m delighted to support the BHF’s latest campaign and I’d urge everyone across Pembrokeshire to wear red and make the most of National Heart Month. Sadly, one in four of our loved ones are lost to heart and circulatory disease – and so it’s more important than ever that we all consider small steps that can be taken to reduce the risks of heart attacks and strokes. Whether it’s giving up smoking, or even making small changes to your diet, you can drastically help support your heart. The British Heart Foundation have a wonderful website with some fantastic resources and ideas for getting involved, so please visit www.bhf.org.uk/heartmonth to find out how you can make a difference.”

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04 February 2015

Local AM Questions First Minister over YFC Funding Cut

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has criticised the Welsh Government’s decision to cut funding from the Wales YFC movement. Wales’ YFCs will lose out on £140,000 in the next financial year, with £20,000 coming from Natural Resources Wales and the remainder from the Welsh Government via the National Voluntary Youth Organisations grants programme being refused.

Speaking from the Senedd, Mr Davies said “This is an unfair and inexplicable decision by the Welsh Government and I felt it only appropriate to raise the issue with the First Minister in the Assembly Chamber. The YFC movement does a fantastic job of supporting and providing educational opportunities for children and young people in rural areas.”

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03 February 2015

Paul Davies Supports Men United Campaign

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies is supporting Prostate Cancer UK’s new campaign Men United to help raise awareness of prostate cancer across Britain. Prostate Cancer UK are leading change on developing more accurate tests, focussing current testing on men at higher risk, and lobbying for better treatments and equal access - and through Men United they are aiming to put men’s health back up the agenda.

Supporting their new initiative, Mr Davies said “I’m pleased to support the Men United campaign and I would encourage men across Pembrokeshire to find out more about how they can get involved by visiting http://prostatecanceruk.org/get-involved/men-united. Prostate Cancer UK have done a fantastic job raising awareness by encouraging 200,000 people to take their online awareness test. That’s 200,000 people who now know more about prostate cancer than they did beforehand – and indeed, many went on to do more as part of Men United.”

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Haven waterway extension welcomed

Commenting on an extension of the Haven Waterway enterprise zone to allow more businesses to benefit from rates relief, Welsh Conservative Shadow Minister for Business William Graham AM, said:

“This is extremely welcome news that opens up the potential for more businesses to benefit from rates relief.

“It offers wider opportunities for businesses in this area of Pembrokeshire to consolidate and plan for growth; in addition to increasing the potential for attracting new businesses to this region.

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30 January 2015

Paul Davies Comments on Latest School Reorganisation Plans

Commenting on Pembrokeshire County Council’s latest proposals for school reorganisation in the County, Mr Davies said:

“I’m pleased that Pembrokeshire County Council are proposing to keep Ysgol Dewi Sant open in St David’s, given the school’s excellent reputation and the importance of it to the local community. This is certainly a step in the right direction and I’m sure there will be many people in the North of Pembrokeshire who will breathe a sigh of relief at the Council’s proposal.”

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28 January 2015

Paul Davies Questions Legitimacy of Council’s School Shake Up Meeting

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies is questioning the validity of the Extraordinary Council at County Hall on the 29th January 2015, following concerns that Pembrokeshire County Council may have not complied with the new School Organisation Code set out under the School Standards and Organisation (Wales) Act 2013.

Mr Davies said, “I want to see an education service in Pembrokeshire that’s fit for purpose and delivers real outcomes for pupils across the County. Any shake up of the current service provision must follow the correct procedures and engage with local people and their elected representatives. I am not convinced that this is the case, and I have therefore written to the Leader of Pembrokeshire County Council, following concerns that the extraordinary council meeting due to take place tomorrow (29th January) may be invalid. I have asked for evidence that the Council have complied with the new School Organisation Code and that each of the proposals have met the criteria. In light of these circumstances, I believe it’s only appropriate that the meeting is called off until robust evidence is provided to demonstrate that the Council has complied with the Code.”

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27 January 2015

Local AM Comments on Pembrokeshire School Shake Up

Commenting on Pembrokeshire County Council’s school reorganisation proposals, local Assembly Member Paul Davies said:

“I’m very concerned by the proposals put forward by Pembrokeshire County Council for schools across the County. The key objective of any school reorganisation plans must be to improve education standards for children and young people in Pembrokeshire. However, these proposals raise a number of questions over how this will result in an improvement in standards and they clearly seem to ignore the views of local communities right across Pembrokeshire.

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26 January 2015

Fishguard Flooding on Assembly Agenda

L-R: Mrs Sturdgess, Local AM Paul Davies, Mr Sturdgess, Mr Alex AllisonThe impact of flooding on Lower Town, Fishguard has once again been on the Assembly’s agenda thanks to local Assembly Member Paul Davies. Mr Davies questioned the Minister for Natural Resources on what the Welsh Government is doing to help support the community, which has faced serious flooding issues in the past and is prone to flooding in the future.

Mr Davies said, “For several years the people of Lower Town, Fishguard have faced some seriously challenging flooding conditions and I’m pleased that the Minister has committed to working with Pembrokeshire County Council, Natural Resources Wales and indeed, the local community, to help make the area more self-resilient in the future.”

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Paul Davies Supports Mudiad Meithrin!

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has helped launch Mudiad Meithrin’s new plans, “Dewiniaith” referenced from, ‘Dewin and Doti,’ Mudiad Meithrin’s much loved characters who encourage the children in our cylchoedd meithrin (Welsh-medium playgroups) to speak Welsh. The document outlines a vision for the organization for the next decade; and at the Senedd steps Mr Davies heard how 22,000 children a week benefit from the services provided by early years membership of Mudiad.

Mr Davies said, "It was a pleasure to support Mudiad Meithrin in launching their new vision for the next decade. The national importance of Mudiad Meithrin cannot be understated, as they are prevalent right across the country. The staff at Mudiad do a fantastic job in promoting the Welsh language amongst young children and I’m sure that the organisation will only go from strength to strength in the next ten years.”

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