2017

08 May 2017

Paul Davies Backs New Petition to Reinstate Hospital Services

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies is supporting a new petition led by Save Withybush Action Team (SWAT) calling for the return of 24 hour consultant led obstetrics, paediatrics and SCBU (Special Care Baby Unit) to Haverfordwest. The new petition comes in light of Dr Chris Overton’s review of Hywel Dda’s perinatal outcomes, which looks at evidence from the audit of the All Wales Perinatal Survey (AWPS) 2012-16 and the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecologists’ (RCOG) Each Baby Counts initiative in 2015.

Mr Davies said, “I’m pleased to once again add my voice to those campaigning to see services re-established at Withybush hospital. Dr Overton’s review highlights the significant impact that the Welsh Government’s centralisation of services has had on perinatal mortality in Pembrokeshire. Therefore, it’s crucial that in light of this new evidence, we all work together to press the Welsh Government to reverse their centralisation agenda and reinstate our much-needed services. I will of course, be raising this matter directly with the Welsh Government as soon as the opportunity presents itself and I encourage everyone across Pembrokeshire to download the petition via the SWAT Facebook page and make sure you show your support.”

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13 April 2017

Local AM backs campaign to stop online abuse of rural communities

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies is supporting the Countryside Alliance’s Thunderclap campaign targeted at combating the online abuse and bullying of people from the countryside. The campaign calls on social media platforms to take online threats seriously and take action by standing up to those who incite hatred and violence.

Mr Davies said, “I’m pleased to support such an important campaign. The growth of social media in recent years has developed more opportunities for people to be threatened and it’s important that action is taken to protect individuals from abuse online. People working and living in rural communities do not speak up against online threats often enough and we must work together to address that problem and encourage people to come forward. No one should be subjected to bullying and intimidation online and so I urge the people of Pembrokeshire to stand together and support the Countryside Alliance’s thunderclap campaign.”

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12 April 2017

Local AM Supports #YoungLivesVsCancer Campaign

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies is supporting a campaign led by CLIC Sargent to better support children and young people who are diagnosed with cancer and their families. The CLIC Sargent campaign is calling for more national patient experience data and for a review of the financial support available for young cancer patients and their parents.

Mr Davies said, “It’s heart-breaking that three in five (61%) parents had accumulated some form of debt as a result of their child’s cancer diagnosis and that one in six (17%) has borrowed over £5,000. It’s unfair that families across Wales are facing unnecessary stress and anxiety by having to worry about their finances when a child or young person is fighting cancer. I’m happy to support calls to review the financial support available to families during cancer treatments and I sincerely hope that the Governments across the UK will work with the third sector and other stakeholders to address this issue as a matter of urgency.”

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11 April 2017

Paul Davies Meets with Cohousing Hafan Lâs

Paul is pictured with Jan Waite and Eleanor Clegg.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has recently met with representatives of cohousing Hafan Lâs to discuss proposals for an intended eco-cohousing community in Pembrokeshire. The group’s aim is to establish low-impact, affordable homes with at least a third of the residents over the age of 50, in order to promote multigenerational living.

Mr Davies said, “It was a real pleasure to meet Jan and Eleanor from Hafan Lâs to discuss cohousing in Pembrokeshire. The group’s proposals are affordable, environmentally sound and innovative. The cohousing community would also house a real mix of people from all ages, creating a truly cohesive community, where everyone works together to manage the area.”

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04 April 2017

Post-EU support for Welsh farmers must be ring-fenced, say Welsh Conservatives

The Prime Minister’s recent speech outlining the UK Government’s plans for leaving the EU rightly emphasised the importance of engaging with the devolved nations throughout the process.

Throughout the negotiations there will inevitably be discussions around the future of the powers which will be repatriated from the European Union once we have left, and decisions on the transfer of those responsibilities will have to be taken in collaboration with devolved administrations – not independently of them.

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03 April 2017

Rural school closures have “ripped heart out of communities”, says AM

School closures have “damaged the economy of rural Wales” and “ripped the heart from local communities”, according to an Assembly Member.

The statement – from Welsh Conservatives’ Shadow Education Secretary Darren Millar AM - comes in response to newly released figures from the Welsh Labour-led Government which show that since 1999, 224 local authority maintained schools have been closed with rural areas worst affected.

Data drawn from the Schools Register show that Carmarthenshire has closed 26 schools since the establishment of the Assembly in 1999 – the largest number of all Wales’ 22 local authorities.

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30 March 2017

Paul Davies Welcomes funding boost for Wave Energy Demonstration Zone

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has welcomed the announcement from the Welsh Government that more than £300,000 has been approved for a technical and commercial feasibility study into the Pembrokeshire wave energy demonstration zone.

Mr Davies said, “This is very welcome news for the marine energy sector in Pembrokeshire. This vital funding will result in a number of important developments including a technical feasibility study and identifying an appropriate delivery model.”

He added, “Pembrokeshire has some of the best marine energy resources in the world and this vital funding will go some way to ensuring that Pembrokeshire remains a global player for the future.”

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Paul Davies Calls for A40 Dualling in Pembrokeshire

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has once again called on the Welsh Government to dual the A40 in Pembrokeshire, following the announcement of the Swansea Bay City Region deal, agreed between the UK Government, the Welsh Government and local partners. Mr Davies called for the A40 to become a dual carriageway in order to make the most of the impact of this proposal on communities in Pembrokeshire.

Mr Davies said, “While Governments at both ends of the M4 press ahead with important economic announcements like the Swansea Bay City Region deal, it’s crucial that areas like Pembrokeshire also maximise the opportunity to deliver improvements to its local infrastructure. For too long Pembrokeshire has suffered a neglect in infrastructure investment compared to other parts of Wales and recent road closures have once again highlighted the very real need to see this road dualled as soon as possible. I’m pleased that the First Minister said he would consider new transport priorities following the Swansea Bay City Region deal and I look forward to hearing more about how these priorities will deliver improvements for the people of Pembrokeshire.”

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29 March 2017

Paul Davies Attends Red Cross Lifesaving Learning Session

Paul is pictured with members of Cardiff Youth Council at their “Save a life” session at the Senedd.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has attended a short learning session organised by the British Red Cross and Cardiff Youth Council to learn valuable resuscitation skills. Over 30,000 out of hospital cardiac arrests happen in the UK every year and less than 1 in 10 people survive. Initiating CPR can double the chances of survival.

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Paul Davies AM selected to bring forward Autism Bill

Welsh Conservative AM – Paul Davies – will have an opportunity to bring forward an Autism Bill in the National Assembly for Wales after being selected in a ballot for backbench legislation.

The Preseli Pembrokeshire AM is one of a number of Welsh Conservative AMs to have championed an Autism Bill in recent years, and he is now seeking cross-party support for legislation to support the estimated 34,000 people in Wales living with autism.

Speaking after the ballot, Mr Davies said:

“The autism community is crying out for proper statutory identity, so that local authorities and health boards have a clear set of duties on the statute book.

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Paul Davies Attends School Art Workshop

L-R: Cynth Weyman, Martyna Koken, Paul Davies AMLocal Assembly Member Paul Davies has attended an art workshop run by local artist Cynth Weyman at Milford Haven Junior School. Mr Davies attended the workshop, which was run as a result of his Christmas card competition. One of the class’ pupils, Martyna Koken was a runner up in the competition and won an art class for her fellow pupils, as well as a certificate and a £10 book token for herself.

Mr Davies said: “I was delighted to pop in to the art workshop for Martyna’s class. Cynth Weyman did a wonderful job of working with the school children and I’m sure the workshop was enjoyed by all. The workshop showed how important it is for children to explore their artistic side and develop their visual thinking skills and their imagination. There were some fantastic displays of creativity by the pupils and I hope that the children continue to enjoy art in the future. I’d also like to thank the staff at Milford Haven Junior School for their hospitality and support in organising the workshop for the pupils.”

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Paul Davies Raises Awareness of Bowel Cancer Screening

Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies is supporting Bowel Cancer UK’s campaign to urge more people to take part in bowel cancer screening and save lives, as part of Bowel Cancer Awareness Month in April. More than 900 people die from bowel cancer in Wales every year, it’s the country’s second biggest cancer killer. However, it shouldn’t be. It’s treatable and curable, especially if diagnosed early.

Bowel cancer screening can save lives but at the moment in some areas of Wales only a half of those who receive a test complete it. Thousands of people are missing out on the chance to detect bowel cancer early when it is easier to treat.

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Local AM Promotes Free First Aid Guides

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies is supporting Wales’ leading first aid charity, St John Cymru-Wales, who are giving away free pocket first aid guides to members of the public across Wales. The lifesaving freebie contains all of the first aid advice you will need to deal with five common medical emergencies including choking, bleeding, burns, heart attacks and what to do if a casualty is unresponsive.

Mr Davies said, “I’m delighted to support such a fantastic initiative, which seeks to better educate the public in an emergency. The booklet explains what you should do in the event of five common medical emergencies, and whilst nothing can replace hands-on first aid training, these little guides could be the difference between life and death in an emergency. I hope that everyone in Pembrokeshire will take the opportunity to order their free guide from the St John website, so that our communities are supported by individuals that feel more confident in emergency circumstances.”

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28 March 2017

Rural development programme cannot make up for historical neglect

The Welsh Government’s Rural Development Programme – statement attached - is “welcome” but cannot undo 18 years of “neglect”, an AM has said.

Responding to the Cabinet Secretary’s statement, Welsh Conservatives’ Shadow Rural Affairs Secretary and Deputy Leader, Paul Davies AM, said:

“While this investment is welcome, it cannot undo the harm inflicted upon Wales’ rural communities by the Welsh Labour Government’s longstanding policy of neglect.

“A historical lack of funding or political focus on Wales’ countryside has led to farmers’ wages reaching record lows, a growing number of herds disappearing from the landscape, and schools closing down at a disproportionate rate to their urban equivalents.

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27 March 2017

Paul Davies Visits Tŷ Solar Homes

L-R: Mr Glen Peters, AM Paul Davies, Mr Rhydian JamesPreseli Pembrokeshire Assembly Member Paul Davies has recently visited Tŷ Solar Homes in North Pembrokeshire to learn more about the project and its upcoming plans for the future. Tŷ Solar Homes employs local people to construct the properties as well as using local timber to maximise the opportunities for the local supply chain.

Mr Davies said, “I was delighted to visit Tŷ Solar Homes, which will be let to those who are currently waiting on the social housing register. The entire operation is not only eco-friendly and very energy efficient, but it also uses the very best local assets and helps keep money in Pembrokeshire’s local economy.”

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