July 2017

28 July 2017

Paul Davies Meets Fishguard Bay Welcome

L-R: Carl Milne (Port Manager), Jana Davidson (Fishguard Bay), Cllr Paul Harries (Chairman of Pembrokeshire County Council), Andreas Sifniotis (Captain of the Variety Voyager), Jeremy Martineau (Honorary Secretary, Fishguard and Goodwick Chamber of Trade and Tourism), Paul Davies AM, Alex Harding (Cruise Welcome Coordinator), Cllr Jordan Ryan (Deputy Mayor of Fishguard).Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has recently met with representatives of the Fishguard Bay Welcome team, a local community group that welcomes cruise ship guests to Fishguard and the surrounding areas. The group, which includes local volunteers, representatives from Pembrokeshire County Council, Fishguard Town Council and local dignitaries met with Mr Davies and the Captain of the Variety Voyager cruise ship, which had recently docked at Fishguard port.

Mr Davies said, “It was a pleasure to meet with representatives of the Fishguard Bay Welcome Project, to learn more about the Fishguard Friendly Faces initiative and how the local community is welcoming tourists to the area and providing valuable information and services to visitors.”


26 July 2017

Local AM Visits Paul Sartori’s New Head Office

L-R: Laura Hugman, Clinical Team Manager, Paul Davies AM, Charles Clewett, Chair of Trustees, Sandra Dade, Charity Manager.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has recently visited the Paul Sartori Foundation’s new head office at Paul Sartori House Haverfordwest. Mr Davies met with Paul Sartori staff, who showed him around the new premises and outlined the Foundation’s current work and plans for the future.

Mr Davies said, “It was a real pleasure to visit the new Paul Sartori office and to speak to the staff there. The staff do such a wonderful job in supporting people in Pembrokeshire and it was really interesting to hear their views and experiences.”


Post-Brexit scheme to protect iconic food products achievable

There are growing calls for a new scheme to ensure that iconic Welsh food products maintain ‘protected status’ after Brexit.

Fourteen Welsh products have been accorded Protected Food Name status, including Pembrokeshire potatoes, laverbread and Anglesey sea salt, and the Shadow Agriculture Secretary, Paul Davies AM, has called for the Welsh and UK Governments to work together to conceive a replacement scheme.


25 July 2017

Welsh farming must be at forefront of Brexit trade negotiations, Davies urges Gove

Welsh farming must be at the forefront of Brexit trade negotiations, Paul Davies AM will say when he meets the UK Government’s DEFRA secretary on Monday.

On the first day of the Royal Welsh show in Llanelwedd – one of Europe’s largest agricultural shows – Paul Davies AM, the Shadow Secretary for Rural Affairs, will meet with Michael Gove MP to stress the importance of farming to the Welsh economy and its cultural identity.

Mr Davies will make his case for ensuring that Welsh farmers maintain the best possible access to the single market, pointing to the fact that 90% of Welsh agricultural exports go to the EU.


Welsh Government must call a stop on “disastrous” NVZs

Paul Davies AM has today urged the Welsh Government to “call a stop” to the “disastrous” introduction of Nitrate Vulnerable Zones (NVZs).

The Welsh Conservative Shadow Secretary for Rural Affairs has urged Lesley Griffiths AM to show Wales’ farming community “some compassion” by halting her plans to implement the EU’s directive on nitrate pollution.

Mr Davies says that the Labour administration’s plans threaten the very future of Welsh farming and make “no sense at all”, calling the EU directive “un-evidenced” and “potentially ruinous” for Welsh farming.


20 July 2017

GSK Charity Funding Up for Grabs!

Applications are now open for the 2018 GSK IMPACT Awards – a scheme which recognises and rewards UK charities that are helping to improve health and wellbeing in their communities. Run by healthcare company GSK in partnership with The King’s Fund, the Awards are a prestigious mark of achievement in the health charity sector and have been running for 20 years.

Charities that are at least three years old and have an annual income of between £80,000 and £2.5 million are encouraged to apply and be in with a chance of being named one of possibly ten annual winners receiving £30,000 in unrestrictive funding. An overall winner is awarded an additional £10,000 and up to ten runner-up organisations which each receive £3,000.


19 July 2017

Paul Davies Supports Veterans Art Exhibition

Paul is pictured with Barry John MBE and the mother of the late Danny King.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has sponsored an art exhibition at the Senedd on behalf of the VC Gallery. The exhibition ‘Window into Pembrokeshire’ is a memorial art exhibition for Danny King, who was the Project Manager of the VC Gallery in Haverfordwest.

Mr Davies said, “I’m honoured to sponsor this fantastic exhibition, which shows the range of Danny King’s work – he was clearly a creative and talented man. Art engagement is at the very heart of the VC Gallery’s work and they continue to run several important art projects across Pembrokeshire. The whole ethos of the VC Gallery is to bring veterans into the community through art and I commend Barry John MBE and all involved in the organisation for the positive impact that it’s had on local communities across Pembrokeshire.”


10 July 2017

Local AM Supports British Gas’ Smart Meter Technology

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies is supporting British Gas’ #EnergyInnovation campaign and urging people across Pembrokeshire to learn more about smart meter technology. According to British Gas’ statistics, 3,325 smart meters were installed in Preseli Pembrokeshire by the end of June.

Mr Davies said, “I’m delighted to help raise awareness of smart meter technology and how it can help families and businesses across Pembrokeshire. Smart meters give people a much greater insight into how much energy they’re using and the interactive tool My Energy, not only gives a detailed breakdown of customers’ energy use but provides tips to make further savings. Technology is evolving and smart meters are a great way of using technology to meet the needs of energy users. I hope the people across Pembrokeshire will learn more about the benefits of smart meter technology and consider having a meter installed, to help better engage with their energy suppliers.”


Autism Bill will “clear pathways to diagnosis”

Failure to properly diagnose children with autism can make self-harm more likely, according to experts.

It is feared that some children are suffering with mental health issues because of problems with getting them assessed for their special needs.

Welsh Conservatives have long called on the Welsh Government to give more support to the estimated 34,000 people in Wales living with autism.

They argued that ministers should bring forward specific autism legislation that already exists in England and Northern Ireland.

Preseli Pembrokeshire AM, Paul Davies, is currently bringing an Autism Bill through the Welsh Assembly, having been drawn successfully from a ballot for back-bench legislation.


Paul Davies Visits Fields Lodge

Paul is pictured with Jayne Hancock (owner), Tyler Carridge, Joanne Roberts.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has recently visited Fields Lodge, a bed and breakfast close to Milford Haven, to discuss some of the challenges facing the local tourism industry. Mr Davies sampled one of Fields Lodge’s renowned breakfast, whilst discussing ways the Welsh Government can better support the Pembrokeshire tourism sector.

Mr Davies said, “It was a pleasure to visit Fields Lodge to discuss with owner Jayne Hancock some of the issues facing local tourist operators. Fields Lodge is fast developing an excellent reputation for itself and after sampling their breakfast I can certainly see why Fields Lodge won the Pembrokeshire Tourism Award for Finest Pembrokeshire Breakfast in addition to a host of other awards.”


06 July 2017

Local AM Attends Hope for the Middle East Report Launch

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has recently attended the launch of a report on Christian communities in Syria and Iraq. The Hope for the Middle East report, written in partnership with Middle East Concern, Served and the University of East London, which outlines the persecution faced by Christian communities in Syria and Iraq and how the international community can better protect and support those communities.

Mr Davies said, “It was an honour to attend the launch of the Hope for the Middle East report and to learn more about how we can support Christian communities in the Middle East that are facing persecution. It’s so important that the international community comes together to promote messages of tolerance, respect and peace and helps rebuild communities that have been victim to violence and sectarianism. I’m pleased to pledge my support to this important campaign and I look forward to working with Open Doors UK and other charities to do all that I can to help support those communities in greatest need.”


05 July 2017

Paul Davies Supports Withybush Petition Handover

Paul is pictured with Dr Chris Overton and petitioners as well as David Rowlands AM, Chair of the Petitions Committee and Simon Thomas AM.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has supported a petition submitted by Dr Chris Overton, SWAT Chairman, calling on the Welsh Government to retain safe, effective and accessible health care services for the people of Pembrokeshire.

Mr Davies said, “I’m pleased to continue to support any campaigns to return services to Withybush hospital. The people of Pembrokeshire have seen several services centralised further afield and it’s simply unacceptable. My constituents deserve access to first-class local services and should not be forced to travel further afield for lifesaving treatment.


Paul Davies Raises War Memorials Protection in Assembly Chamber

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has once again raised the issue of the protection of war memorials in Wales. Responding to a Welsh Government statement on the historic environment, Mr Davies asked the Cabinet Secretary to provide more information on how the Welsh Government is protecting war memorials across the country.

Mr Davies said, “I’m delighted to once again raise the important issue of protecting war memorials. I have long campaigned for more action to protect our military heritage, as it plays an essential part of the cultural and social fabric of our country. It’s so crucial that future generations can, not only remember the sacrifices made by so many for our freedoms, but learn about previous conflicts and develop a greater understanding of how we have become the nation we are today. Following my question in the Chamber, I’ve written to the Cabinet Secretary once again to ask for an update on the Welsh Government’s work on this issue and I look forward to his response in due course.”


04 July 2017

Anger as Welsh Government reveals less than 10% spent of €1bn EU-backed rural programme 3 years after launch

Just 10% of a flagship €1bn fund earmarked for rural development in Wales has been spent – despite the funds having been received by the Welsh Government more than 3 years ago.

According to a Written Assembly Question received by Welsh Conservative Leader, Andrew RT Davies, just £92.1m of payments have been made since June 2014, when the EU-backed Rural Development Programme 2014-20 was launched.

All approved projects will be fully funded even if they continue beyond the UK’s departure from the EU.


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