2016

07 October 2016

Paul Davies Calls For Action on Dermatology Services

Local AM Paul Davies called for action from the Welsh Government over dermatology services in the Hywel Dda health board area. The call followed a report by Skin Care Cymru which highlighted that there is no consultant dermatologist in the entire Hywel Dda health board area, despite the number of patients in the area being approximately 350,000.

Mr Davies said: “It’s extremely worrying that there is no current consultant dermatologist in the health board area and it’s essential that the Welsh Government provides urgent support to the health board in order to attract a consultant. Hywel Dda covers a huge geographical area and the absence of a consultant in the area could have a significant impact on the delivery of services in the future. Patients living in Pembrokeshire, and other parts of the Hywel Dda health board area should not have to travel further afield for dermatology services and the Welsh Government must now provide the necessary support to ensure a consultant is found as soon as possible.”

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Farmers’ voices must be top of the agenda in UK negotiations with the EU

Farming industry representatives are gathering today in Llanelwedd, Powys, for a conference on farming in Wales post-Brexit.

Hundreds are expected to attend the event, organised by the Farmers Union of Wales, and Welsh Conservatives have today called on the UK government to put farmers’ voices at the top of the agenda in negotiations with the EU.

Shadow Spokesman for Rural Affairs, Paul Davies, said:

“Leaving the European Union presents Welsh farming with significant challenges as the EU market has been hugely important to our farmers – which is why we must work tirelessly to get the best deal possible.

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05 October 2016

Calls for 24-hour work on A48 road closures, near Carmarthenshire

A six week closure to parts of the A48 outside Carmarthenshire will cause “severe disruption” to motorists and more could have been done to reduce the inconvenience, says Preseli Pembrokeshire AM, Paul Davies.

The criticism comes after a Written Assembly Question by Mr Davies revealed that the works are only being undertaken during daylight hours. The Cabinet Secretary has since published a Written Statement.

Mr Davies says the work could have been done in half the time if works continued on a 24-hour-basis.

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04 October 2016

Data showing lack of GP service provision “wrong” says First Minister – despite it coming from the Assembly’s own research service

The First Minister has called data provided by the Welsh Assembly’s independent research service “wrong”, when confronted with the fact that just three in 10 GP surgeries in Wales are open after 6pm.

According to data verified by the Assembly service, just 132 out of 452 Welsh GP surgeries are open after 6pm, contradicting the First Minister’s assertion today that a “majority of services in Wales” offer appointments into the evening.

According to the Welsh Conservatives, the limited service provision places working people at a “huge disadvantage”.

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03 October 2016

Paul Davies stands out in pink for families affected by breast cancer

Local AM Paul Davies wears it pink!Local AM Paul Davies has shown his support for women affected by breast cancer by dressing up in pink and encouraging his constituents to take part in the UK’s biggest, brightest and pinkest fundraiser, wear it pink, on Friday 21 October. wear it pink is back for its 15th year, calling on supporters across the country to add a flash of pink to their wardrobe for the day and raise money for Breast Cancer Now’s life-saving breast cancer research.

wear it pink raises close to £2 million each year for world-class research into breast cancer, and this year it’s going to be pinker and more fun than ever before. Paul Davies is one of 25 Breast Cancer Ambassadors across Wales, and is encouraging everyone in Pembrokeshire to get involved, at work, at home or even at school. All you have to do is wear something pink and donate what you can.

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New Nitrate Vulnerable Zones would place “heavy regulatory burden” on farmers

The Welsh Government yesterday announced the launch of a consultation on the Review of the Designated Areas and Action Programme to Tackle Nitrate Pollution in Wales.

Responding for the Welsh Conservatives, Paul Davies AM warned that excessive regulations could do “long term damage” to the farming industry.

The Shadow Rural Affairs Secretary said:

“Farmers across Wales will be rightly concerned about the Welsh Government’s proposed new Nitrate Vulnerable Zones (NVZ) designations.

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26 September 2016

Work Experience Placement Offered by Local AM

Jeremy is pictured working at Paul’s constituency office in Haverfordwest.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies was delighted to recently offer a work placement through leading local charity Pembrokeshire People First. Mr Davies offered Jeremy de Wilton, from St David’s, the opportunity to work alongside his team in both his constituency office in Haverfordwest and in his Assembly office in Cardiff Bay. During his placement, Jeremy had the opportunity to see first-hand the work that Paul and his team do in Pembrokeshire and at the National Assembly for Wales.

Mr Davies said, “I’m delighted that Jeremy has enjoyed his time shadowing me in my role as an Assembly Member. I hope that the placement was able to give Jeremy a taste of the work that I do at the Assembly and in the constituency. It’s always great to see people actively engaging with local and national politics and I look forward to welcoming more work experience placements in the future.”

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22 September 2016

Goodwick Surgery Concerns Raised by Local AM

Support to help deliver a more stable solution for Goodwick surgery was raised in the Assembly Chamber by local AM Paul Davies. Mr Davies raised the issue with the First Minister following concerns from local residents about the lack of access that patients have to services.

Mr Davies said: “It’s important that GP practices are delivering high-quality medical services in our local communities and that everything possible is done to ensure that in the case of Goodwick, a permanent and stable solution is found. I’ve received correspondence from constituents who are rightly concerned about the future of the practice and I hope that the Welsh Government will do all that it can to support Hywel Dda University Health Board in recruiting more staff, so that we can see an improvement in service delivery.”

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Local AM Calls for A40 Dualling Commitment

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has called for a commitment from the Welsh Government to dual the A40 in Pembrokeshire, following the publication of the Welsh Government’s Programme for Government. Mr Davies called on the First Minister to not to rule out dualling the A40 in Pembrokeshire, following confirmation in the Programme for Government that improvements to the A40 would be made in this Assembly.

Mr Davies said: “I’m pleased to see that the Welsh Government will be delivering improvements to the A40 in Pembrokeshire over the next few years, but the time has come for the A40 to be dualled. Dualling the A40 will send a clear message that Pembrokeshire is open for business as well as tackling traffic congestion, which can be particularly heavy during the summer months. Whilst I welcome any steps to improve Pembrokeshire’s transport network, it’s clear that the Welsh Government need to get on with the job of dualling the road and delivering real infrastructure improvements in west Wales.”

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19 September 2016

Paul Davies supports National Eye Health Week 2016

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has pledged his support for National Eye Health Week, which takes place this week (19th – 25th September 2016.) National Eye Health Week brings organisations and health professionals from across Wales and 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 delighted to once again support National Eye Health Week. It’s so important to raise awareness of good eye health and I strongly advise everyone to have their eyes tested regularly. Over the next 25 years, the number of people with sight loss is expected to double, so please make sure that you’re doing all that you can to protect your sight and the sight of your loved ones.”

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15 September 2016

New stats confirm Labour’s spectacular failure to tackle Bovine TB

New Bovine TB statistics released by the Welsh Government once again highlight Welsh Labour’s failure to eradicate the disease in Wales.

The figures reveal that in the 12 months to June 2016, 9,476 cattle were slaughtered in Wales – up 43% from 6,647 for the same period to June 2015.

Welsh Conservatives have called on the Welsh Government to acknowledge calls from the farming unions for changes to their TB eradication programme.

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14 September 2016

Broadband Update Called For By Local AM

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has once again called for a statement on the Welsh Government’s delivery of broadband across Wales, following complaints from constituents across Pembrokeshire who continue to receive a poor service.

Mr Davies said: “The Welsh Government are keen to emphasise the success of rolling out superfast broadband across Wales and yet in areas of Pembrokeshire, communities are still facing poor broadband speeds and substandard services. Now last year the Minister promised that rural communities wouldn’t be left behind – but that’s not the experience of some of my constituents.”

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07 September 2016

Paul Davies Visits Coast Lines Exhibition

Paul is pictured with Lizzy Stonhold of Coast Lines.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has recently visited the Coast Lines exhibition in Fishguard. Coast Lines is a community arts group that encourages local people to capture the landscapes in their communities. It has successfully organised workshops across North Pembrokeshire with different community groups of all ages, including the residents at Llain Las and even the Sea Cadets.

Mr Davies said: “I was delighted to visit the Coast Lines exhibition at St Mary's Church and the exhibition shed located on the golden mile. The work of Coast Lines very much benefits the whole of Pembrokeshire and it’s great to see its success go from strength to strength. It was lovely to see the exhibits first hand and I’m grateful to Lizzy for showing me around and explaining to me more about the whole Coast Lines project. It was also great to hear that Coast Lines are looking to bring their work to the Senedd and so I look forward to seeing their work at the Assembly in the future.”

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31 August 2016

Paul Davies Visits VC Gallery

Paul is pictured at the VC Gallery with Barry John MBE.Paul Davies, Assembly Member for Preseli Pembrokeshire has recently visited the VC gallery, an art engagement voluntary service based in Haverfordwest. The gallery is run by Barry John MBE who was a serving member of the Royal Welsh Regiment for 24 years and its aim is to bring people from all different parts of the community together through art.

Mr Davies said: “It was an absolute pleasure to visit the VC gallery. VC means ‘Veterans and Community’ and the gallery is a wonderful example of a small independent charity bringing together veterans and the community through art – as well as helping veterans who are struggling to adapt to civilian life. This is the kind of activity that the Welsh Government needs to identify, support and roll out across Wales and I look forward to supporting the gallery in the future.”

Barry John MBE said, “We would like to thank Paul Davies AM and his team for his visit and for the support he has shown and continues to give us”

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24 August 2016

Paul Davies enjoys coastal walk with the RSPB and the Wildlife Trust

Paul is pictured with Arfon Williams, Countryside Manager of the RSPB,  Anna Woodhead, Marine Policy Officer of the RSPB, Scott Fryer, Marine Campaign and Advocacy Officer, Wildlife Trusts Wales.Assembly Member for Preseli Pembrokeshire, Paul Davies has accompanied representatives of the RSPB and the Wildlife Trust along the Pembrokeshire coastal path to discuss several issues facing the local environment. The visit gave Mr Davies, who is a Puffin ‘Species Champion’ a chance to better understand local marine issues as well as challenges facing Pembrokeshire’s local wildlife.

Mr Davies said: “I was delighted to meet with representatives from the RSPB and the Wildlife Trust to discuss some of the issues facing the local area. Pembrokeshire is a wonderfully diverse habitat for so many species and so it’s important that politicians are mindful of the impact of any decision-making on the local environment.”

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