2016

04 November 2016

Paul Davies Meets with Local Friends of the Earth Group

(L-R) John Shrouder, Eleanor Clegg, Local AM Paul Davies, Robbie Coles, Bettina Becker.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has recently met with Pembrokeshire Friends of the Earth to discuss a range of environmental issues happening locally and nationally, including matters such as renewable energy and climate change.

Mr Davies said: “It was a real pleasure to meet with the local Friends of the Earth group to learn more about their current campaigns and to discuss some of the more pressing environmental issues facing Pembrokeshire. It was a very informative meeting which will certainly help me in scrutinising the Welsh Government in the future. I look forward to constructively working with groups like Pembrokeshire Friends of the Earth in the future, to tackle some of the serious environmental challenges that Pembrokeshire faces.”

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Local AM Supports #GivingTuesday

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies is supporting #GivingTuesday, a national effort for people across the country to do good stuff for charity - whether it’s making a donation, volunteering, or supporting a campaign. It was brought to the UK three years ago by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) and this year #givingtuesday takes place on Tuesday 29th November. Last year it raised £6,000 a minute for UK charities and broke the world record for the most amount of money donated online to charity in 24 hours.

Mr Davies said: “I’m delighted to support #GivingTuesday and I want to strongly encourage everyone, from schools, to community groups and businesses to think creatively and get involved in this worthwhile campaign. There are so many ways in which you can get involved - you could fundraise, volunteer or just help spread the word about the work that local and national charities do not just in Pembrokeshire, but right across the UK.”

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03 November 2016

“On Your Bike!” Paul Davies Supports Remembrance with First Ever Poppy Ride in Wales

Paul is pictured taking part on the first ever Poppy Ride in Wales.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies joined the Wales Area manager of the Royal British Legion, veterans and other Assembly Members to race against the clock on an exercise bike to mark the Remembrance period in Wales and commemorate the Battle of Mametz wood 100 years ago. The 8 hour bike ride was held in the Senedd, to mark this very special year for remembrance in Wales and Mr Davies represented Preseli Pembrokeshire by cycling as far as he could in 5 minutes, with the hope of topping the leader board!

Mr Davies said: “It was great to take part in the Poppy Ride, to help raise awareness of the Remembrance period in Wales as well as the wonderful work that the Royal British Legion do to support members of the Armed Forces and their families across Wales. I’m pleased to have been able to support such a worthy cause and I look forward to working with the Royal British Legion both at the Senedd and in Pembrokeshire in the future, to better support our armed forces communities.”

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02 November 2016

Calls for a return to 24 hour paediatric services at Withybush

Welsh Conservative AM, Paul Davies, has today called for an urgent review of paediatric services at Withybush hospital in Pembrokeshire.

The calls come as Hywel Dda University Health Board confirmed that it faces “renewed and significant workforce challenges at a consultant level”.

Mr Davies said that a review should be undertaken with a view to reinstating 24 hour paediatric services at Withybush. He said that the downgrade to a 12 hour service had been a “disaster for the people of Pembrokeshire”.

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20 October 2016

Paul Davies Calls For Action on Bovine TB

Paul has called for action from the Welsh Government on Bovine TB.Local AM Paul Davies has called for action from the Welsh Government on Bovine TB, following the Welsh Government’s announcement of a consultation on its refreshed approach. Mr Davies called for reassurances that farmers in some parts of Wales won’t be hit by disproportionate measures, when the Welsh Government’s regional plans come into action.

Mr Davies said: “The Welsh Government need to get on with tackling this awful disease in both our cattle and wildlife reservoir and whilst the Cabinet Secretary has committed to monitoring the culling in Northern Ireland, the Welsh Government simply does not go far enough.”

He added, “A consultation has now been launched and I strongly urge farmers to make their views known. I want to see a strategy in place to tackle Bovine TB that uses all the tools at the Welsh Government’s disposal. It’s now time for the Welsh Government to do the right thing and adopt a holistic approach to eradicate Bovine TB once and for all.”

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Local AM Says Get Ready For Winter!

With winter on the way, local Assembly Member for Preseli Pembrokeshire has today called on his constituents to ensure they are taking advantage of free help and support with energy bills.

Mr Davies said: “There are some really simple steps that every household can take to help keep their bills down and their homes warm this winter. It’s important that households have a tariff that works for them and changes such as installing a smart meter shows how much energy you are using, and what you are spending. So the message this winter is that help is available and I urge everyone to get in touch to find out what advice and support is on offer.”

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Paul Davies urges ‘at-risk’ groups to get the free flu vaccination

Local AM Paul Davies is urging all those eligible for the free flu vaccine to protect themselves against catching or spreading flu, which is a debilitating and potentially deadly illness. Mr Davies is joining calls being made by leading health professionals urging people aged 65 or over, carers, pregnant women and those with certain long-term illnesses to make an appointment with their local GP and get the free flu vaccine soon.

All children aged two and three years old on 31 August 2016, and children in primary school reception class, year one, two and three in school are also being offered protection with a nasal spray flu vaccine. The two and three year olds will have their nasal spray vaccine at their GP surgery and children in reception class, year one, two and three (generally aged 4 - 7 years old) will be offered their nasal spray vaccine at school.

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19 October 2016

"Hypocrisy" and "spin" mask budget blows to councils and rural communities

Welsh Conservative Deputy Leader Paul Davies AM responds to the Welsh Government’s budget announcement, which he says has failed to deliver for communities across Wales.

He said: “In an interview published today, the nationalist leader Leanne Wood said that Labour are a ‘problem’ for Wales; and yet yesterday Plaid Cymru were falling over themselves to do a budget deal with Labour – this is the height of hypocrisy.

“Press announcements from both parties hailed the budget a success, but there was no mention of the real terms cash cut for councils, meaning that local services continue to suffer and the grapple of hardworking families continues to harden, already having to contend with rising council tax rates.

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"Too little, too late" - Welsh Conservatives respond to Welsh Government's statement on TB

Responding to the Welsh Government’s statement on Bovine TB, shadow rural affairs secretary, Paul Davies AM, welcomed the Welsh Government’s consultatioin on its ‘refreshed approach’ but believes it is a case of “too little, too late”.

He said:

“Sadly, Labour’s measures to tackle the scourge of Bovine TB do not go far enough in eradicating this awful disease.

“There is a clear requirement for a more holistic approach and the Welsh Government’s strategy should include all the tools at its disposal to ensure we eliminate Bovine TB in both our cattle and wildlife population.

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14 October 2016

AM Slams Welsh Labour for Autism Inaction

Paul is pictured speaking in the Autism Debate.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has expressed his anger and frustration at the Welsh Labour Government for blocking an Assembly motion to commit to an Autism Act in Wales. Mr Davies, who has long called for Autism legislation, took part in the debate to highlight the extensive waiting times for a diagnosis in Pembrokeshire and the need for legislation to ensure that local authorities record the number of autistic children and adults in their areas, to better inform their planning processes. The debate was supported by autism campaigners, who travelled from all across Wales to watch the debate live at the Senedd.

Mr Davies said: “I’m extremely disappointed and angry that Welsh Labour and the Liberal Democrats did not support the cross-party calls for an Autism Act in Wales to better support those living with autism across the country. Autism legislation is needed to ensure that a duty is placed on the relevant authorities so that people are then clear about the local services that are on offer and how those services are being delivered.”

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12 October 2016

Paul Davies Calls For Action on Broadband Services

Local AM Paul Davies called for action from the Welsh Government over broadband services in Pembrokeshire. The Welsh Government has pledged £12.9 million of funding to reach the few per cent of premises that do not currently have access to an adequate broadband service. Mr Davies also questioned whether the Welsh Government had sufficient penalties at their disposal if the work is not carried out in a timely and appropriate manner.

Mr Davies said: “I’m pleased that the Welsh Government has brought forward a statement on the roll-out of Superfast broadband in Wales and whilst I acknowledge that progress has been made in some areas of Wales, in other areas, progress has been painfully slow. It’s important that BT Openreach are also monitored robustly and that the services that are promised, are now delivered. I will be writing to the Minister about specific issues in Pembrokeshire and I look forward to hearing more about the Welsh Government’s timetable for work in the local area.”

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First Minister to Write to AM over Fishguard Footbridge

Local AM Paul Davies has called for action from the Welsh Government to deliver a much needed footbridge in Lower Town, Fishguard. Mr Davies criticised the delays in delivering a footbridge and asked for clarification that the footbridge would be delivered in this Assembly. In response, the First Minister agreed to write to Mr Davies on the matter.

Mr Davies said: “I was pleased to once again raise this important issue and I welcome any clarification from the First Minister on whether a footbridge will be delivered during this Assembly. There has been some confusion on this matter as we’ve heard Welsh Government officials and previous Ministers commit to action and yet the current Minister has now kicked it into the long grass. This confusion needs to be cleared up once and for all and a plan must be put in place to see this footbridge delivered for the people of Lower Town, Fishguard.”

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Paul Davies Pledges Support for Childline

Paul is pictured during Childline’s 30th anniversary celebrations at the Senedd.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has pledged his support for Childline as new figures show Welsh children contacted the helpline more than 7,600 times last year.Mr Davies attended a special event at the National Assembly for Wales with Childline’s founder Dame Esther Rantzen, who visited Wales as part of a tour to mark the NSPCC-run helpline’s 30th anniversary. Results showed that among the 7,605 Welsh contacts, low self-esteem and unhappiness were the most frequently discussed topics. However, bullying, including cyberbullying continues to be a growing concern as more and more young people are turning to Childline for support about the issues they are encountering online.

Mr Davies said, “I was delighted to attend Childline’s 30th anniversary celebrations at the Senedd. Childline provides an important service to our children and young people and it’s great that Childline counsellors can now be contacted in so many different ways, whether it be over the phone or online, via 1-2-1 chats or emails, so that its services are as accessible as possible.”

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Slaughtered cattle up 38% in Wales as new stats reveal Labour’s TB failure

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 July 2016, 9,492 cattle were slaughtered in Wales – up 38% from 6,872 for the same period to July 2015.

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

Commenting on the figures, Shadow Rural Affairs Secretary – Paul Davies – said:

“Labour’s vaccination programme has spectacularly failed to tackle Bovine TB, and the huge impact that this disease is having on rural communities and Welsh farming is plain for all to see.

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"Oil spill a double-blow to the people of West Wales" - Welsh Conservatives respond to Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs‘ statement

Welsh Conservatives Angela Burns AM (Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire) and Paul Davies AM (Preseli Pembrokeshire) have issued a joint-statement in response to the Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs‘ statement today on the Oil Spill in Carmarthenshire:

“The oil spill, which has now resulted in the closure of both lanes of the A48, is a double-blow to the people of West Wales, cutting off both of its most vital economic arteries.

“The Welsh Government’s response to this mess has at best been lethargic.

“They accepted a roads programme that saw the project being dragged on for six weeks with no 24-hour working.

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