2016

24 August 2016

Local AM becomes a Breast Cancer Ambassador

Paul Davies, Assembly Member for Preseli Pembrokeshire has demonstrated his support for women with breast cancer by becoming an ambassador for leading charity Breast Cancer Now. Around 600 women are still dying from breast cancer each year in Wales. Breast Cancer Now will be working closely with Breast Cancer Ambassadors to help them take action to tackle breast cancer in their local areas and in the Welsh Assembly, and to ensure that Wales’ most common cancer remains high on the political agenda.

By bringing together the brightest, boldest and most influential policymakers, scientists, fundraisers and campaigners across the country, Breast Cancer Now believes that by 2050 everyone who develops breast cancer will live – but only if we all act now.

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22 August 2016

Welsh Government puts Fishguard footbridge plans back on the shelf

Plans for a pedestrian footbridge in Lower Town, Fishguard appear to have been kicked into the long grass by the new Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure, Ken Skates AM. Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has been calling on the Welsh Government to bring forward support for a footbridge in the area for some time and despite positive commitments from previous Ministers, new correspondence from the Welsh Government shows that support for a new footbridge will not be given this year.

Mr Davies said, “I’m extremely disappointed that the new Cabinet Secretary has pushed plans for a footbridge to one side for another year. The previous Minister was positive in her approach to addressing the matter and it appears that local residents are now back to square one. Yet another feasibility study will now take place, despite one being undertaken in 2012/13 and in the meantime, pedestrians will still continue to face dangers on this particular stretch of road. The Welsh Government must reconsider its position on this matter and get on with the job of making the area safer for local people because anything else is unacceptable.”

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10 August 2016

Welsh cattle slaughter rises by 37% - Paul Davies AM comments

Welsh Government data has today revealed that there was a 37% increase in the total number of cattle slaughtered, in the 12 months to the end of May 2016. The full report can be read here: http://gov.wales/statistics-and-research/incidence-tuberculosis-cattle-great-britain/?lang=en

Responding to the report, Welsh Conservative Rural Affairs Secretary, Paul Davies AM, said:

“These figures act as a timely reminder as to the levels of cattle being slaughtered, as a consequence of tuberculosis – a disease which continues to plague our agricultural communities.

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P DAVIES: Rabi warnings show Labour's farming approach is 'failing'

Responding to warnings from the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (Rabi), that many farmers in Wales are increasingly struggling financially, Shadow Rural Affairs Secretary Paul Davies AM said:

“For many years, we have seen successive Welsh Governments fail to give farmers, and the agricultural community, the priority or support they need to flourish.

“Through failing to provide sufficient help in less favourable areas, to peddling unnecessary levels of bureaucracy, and demeaning farmers with untrue jibes about business acumen, Labour’s approach is failing.

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28 July 2016

Boost to Welsh lamb and beef as UK set to sign first major foreign trade deal in the Brexit era

British beef and lamb are set to return to US menus by January after a draft agreement was reached between the UK and US Governments.

The decision is set to be the UK's first major foreign trade deal reached since the vote to leave the EU, and will boost the economy by £35 million a year according to estimates by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs – Paul Davies – said:

“This is hugely positive news for the Welsh lamb and beef industries, and the importance of the red meat industry to the Welsh economy cannot be underestimated.

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27 July 2016

Local AM Supports Scams Awareness Event at Fishguard Library

Left to right – Vicki Skeats, Dave Wilkinson, Sian Hughes (all Citizens Advice), Paul Davies AM, Jenny Tree (Pembrokeshire County Council)Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies has recently attended a Scams Awareness event at Fishguard library with representatives from Citizens Advice and Pembrokeshire County Council. As Scams Awareness Month draws to a close, the drop-in event was a great opportunity to raise awareness of scams and the devastating effect that they have on families.

Mr Davies said, “I was delighted to drop into Fishguard library and help raise awareness of scams in Pembrokeshire. Scams come in all shapes and sizes, from door-door sales to emails to even text messages. However, one thing remains the same – these scams are a blight on our communities, robbing people of their hard-earned money and causing stress and emotional trauma.”

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20 July 2016

Coastal Communities Cash Up for Grabs!

Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies is encouraging groups across Pembrokeshire to take advantage of funding under the Coastal Communities Fund, which encourages the economic development of coastal communities by giving funding to create sustainable economic growth and jobs.

Mr Davies said, “This funding could make a real difference to communities in Pembrokeshire and therefore, I’d encourage as many groups as possible to apply. This pot of funding is specifically aimed at supporting our coastal areas and so Pembrokeshire is in a prime position to access this funding.”

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19 July 2016

Paul Davies Pledges to Back Welsh Farming

Paul is pictured at the NFU stand at the Royal Welsh Show, backing the “It’s Time to Back Welsh Farming” campaign.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has showed his support for the Welsh agricultural community by pledging to support NFU Cymru’s ‘It’s Time to Back Welsh Farming’ campaign at the Royal Welsh Show. Mr Davies met with NFU Cymru officeholders at the Royal Welsh to discuss how he could best show his support for Welsh farmers and champion their produce. The ‘It’s Time to Back Welsh Farming’ campaign encourages consumers to show their support for farmers in Wales by pledging to buy Welsh produce.

Mr Davies said, “I’m delighted to support NFU Cymru’s ‘It’s Time to Back Welsh Farming’ campaign and I encourage people in Pembrokeshire and throughout the rest of the country to join me in backing this important campaign. It’s absolutely crucial that everyone supports their local farmers by thinking and buying Welsh when they head to the shops. In Pembrokeshire, we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to local produce and so I’m encouraging my constituents to take advantage of what’s offer and buy local.”

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15 July 2016

More Data Needed on Impact of Withybush Hospital Changes Says Local AM

Preseli Pembrokeshire Paul Davies has once again raised the issue of Withybush hospital services with the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Well-being and Sport. Mr Davies called into question the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health review and called for the Welsh Government to undertake more research into the matter.

Mr Davies said, “The Cabinet Secretary is convinced that his centralisation agenda is resulting in safer services based on the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health review. However, I feel that it would be impossible to obtain any meaningful data on perinatal mortality for some time. Quite simply, given its low occurrence, the data would have to be collected over a far greater period of time.”

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Paul Davies Meets Autism Branch Members at Senedd

Paul is pictured with Pembrokeshire branch members of the NAS.Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies recently met with members of the National Autistic Society’s Pembrokeshire branch, as part of their visit to the National Assembly for Wales. Mr Davies discussed a range of issues facing people living with autism and he continues to support calls for an Autism Act in Wales.

Mr Davies said, “It’s always a pleasure to welcome people from Pembrokeshire to the Senedd, but it was particularly good to meet up with local branch members of the National Autistic Society. We had a very constructive conversation about ways in which people living with autism can be better supported and I will certainly be raising these matters with Welsh Government Ministers in the Chamber.”

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Local AM Attends Welsh Water Site Meeting

Paul is pictured Will Wormald (Design Lead, MMB); Gavin Tucker (MMB); Marilyn jAMES (Chair of Hook Community Council).Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies has attended an important site meeting to discuss the Hook and Johnston Waste Water network with Welsh Water. Mr Davies attended the meeting with Marilyn James, the Chair of Hook Community Council to hear more about Welsh Water’s investment and their plans for the local area.

Mr Davies said, “It was very useful to meet with Welsh Water to hear more about their plans to decommission the treatment works at Johnston and replace it with a new pumping station and underground pipeline to Hook. I understand that Welsh Water will be investing £8.5 million on this project and I welcome that investment. However, it’s important that the local community is aware of this work and that there’s an opportunity for local people to raise any issues that they might have regarding the new works with Welsh Water. Therefore, I hope that moving forward Welsh Water will work with the local Community Council and the community to deliver an appropriate waste water network that benefits everyone.”

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13 July 2016

Local AM Visits Dragon LNG Terminal

Paul is pictured with Karen Wood, PR Manager; Becky Lumlock, Managing Director; Andy Scott, Reliquefaction Plant Project Manager; and Adrian Wilson, Operations Manager, all of Dragon LNG.Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies recently made another visit to Dragon LNG in Waterston, Milford Haven. The visit was an opportunity for Mr Davies to receive a plant update from senior managers and learn about the new reliquefaction project, which will increase the efficiency of the terminal.

Mr Davies said, “I was delighted to visit Dragon LNG and experience a tour of the site. The visit was very useful in better understanding the work that takes place at the terminal and I’m very grateful to the staff at Dragon LNG for their time.”

He added, “Dragon LNG is an important employer in Pembrokeshire which not only contributes significantly to the local economy, but also supports local communities and educational partners. It’s great to see this community engagement taking place and I’m sure it will continue for many years.”

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12 July 2016

Scams Awareness Month Supported by Local AM

Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies is once again supporting Scams Awareness Month this July. Scams Awareness Month is organised through a partnership between Citizens Advice, trading standards and many more public and private sector partners. Throughout the month they will be focusing on phone scams, online scams, mail scams, and doorstep scams. You can find out more on our website at www.citizensadvice.org.uk/scams-awareness-month

Mr Davies said, “I’m pleased to support Citizens Advice Pembrokeshire and other organisations who are working hard to raise awareness of scams right across Wales. It’s important that everyone gets involved in this campaign and helps spread the message that scams can be tackled if we work together to spot the signs and share what we learn with others.”

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11 July 2016

Paul Davies Visits Ysgol Bro Gwaun

Paul is pictured with pupils of Ysgol Bro Gwaun’s school council.Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies has visited Ysgol Bro Gwaun to meet with pupils of the school council and discuss local and national issues. The students raised a number of issues including school reorganisation in North Pembrokeshire, the loss of services at Withybush Hospital, support for Syrian refugees and lowering the voting age to 16.

Mr Davies said, “I was delighted to meet with pupils from Ysgol Bro Gwaun and answer some of their questions. It’s great to see the pupils taking an interest in politics – I suspect there may well be a future AM or MP amongst the pupils!”

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Fly-grazing law must not prove a ‘missed opportunity’ as Welsh Conservatives unveil worrying new figures

Local Authorities enforcing legislation aimed at tackling fly-grazing and equine abandonment need more support, to ensure the law doesn’t become “toothless” and a “missed opportunity”.

That’s according to the Welsh Conservatives – who have uncovered new figures which show declining, and sporadic, use of the Control of Horses (Wales) Act 2014.

268 equines were seized under the legislation in 2015, a decline of 40 percent on the previous calendar year. This is despite Assembly Members still being inundated with concerns about local fly-grazing hot spots.

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