2017

23 October 2017

RSPCA Cymru urge Labour Government to use powers to extend maximum sentence for animal cruelty

Welsh Conservatives have again called on the Labour Government to use the powers at its disposal and extend the maximum sentence for animal cruelty following further pressure from RSPCA Cymru.

RSPCA Cymru has long campaigned for an increase to the maximum sentence available for those convicted of animal abuse and have warned Wales risks treating animal cruelty as a far less serious offence, compared to neighbouring England.

On Tuesday, in First Minister’s Questions, Welsh Conservatives called on the First Minister to act immediately and exercise devolved powers to replicate moves taken by the Conservatives and Michael Gove in England to increase the punishment for animal cruelty from six months imprisonment to five years. In response, Carwyn Jones, pledged to write to Andrew RT Davies outlining the steps his government would take.

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20 October 2017

Paul Davies Co-hosts Marine Energy Wales Event at the Senedd

An event to celebrate and promote the marine energy sector in Wales was recently co-hosted by local Assembly Member Paul Davies. Mr Davies co-hosted the event with Assembly colleagues to discuss some of the sector’s latest and planned developments and to examine some of the challenges currently facing the sector.

Mr Davies said, “Pembrokeshire is an integral part in Wales’ marine energy sector and it was great to meet with the industry’s representatives to celebrate some of the recent developments in the local area. It’s an exciting time for the marine energy sector but we must continue to ensure that schemes that are developed in the future deliver significant benefits to the local community, in terms of the energy that they generate and also working with local businesses and supporting local supply chains. Of course, there’s always more that Governments can do to support the sector and I will continue to call on Governments at all levels to do more to engage with the sector and help Pembrokeshire’s marine energy industry reach its full potential.”

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19 October 2017

Paul Davies Supports Campaign for more First Aid training in schools

Local AM Paul Davies is supporting a campaign for first aid education to be included as a life skill on the new school curriculum currently being developed in Wales. Earlier this year a mapping exercise was conducted by Wales’ three leading first aid educators – the British Red Cross, St John Cymru and the British Heart Foundation and its research showed that only 22.4% of pupils in Pembrokeshire have received first aid training in 2017.

Mr Davies said: “Learning first aid is a lifesaving skill and it’s so important that as many students as possible have the opportunity to learn basic first aid and how to support or help someone in need. Therefore, I’m happy to support such a wonderful campaign and I sincerely hope that the Welsh Government will consider putting first aid on the new school curriculum. It’s disappointing that only 22.4% of Pembrokeshire pupils have access to this training so far – these are skills that are beneficial to everyone and the sooner this training is put on the curriculum, the better prepared our children and young people will be.”

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12 October 2017

Environment & Rural Affairs portfolio ‘falling down pecking order’ under Labour & Plaid

Welsh Conservatives have expressed concerns over significant cuts to the Environment & Rural Affairs portfolio, which they say shows how far down the ‘pecking order’ the portfolio has fallen.

A 15% real terms cut to funding for environment and rural affairs in last week’s budget agreement between Labour and Plaid Cymru has received sting rebukes from wildlife and countryside charities.

They claim an ‘apparent gap’ is growing between ministerial pledges on the environment and the Welsh Government’s actions.

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Local AM Opposes Tourist Tax

Local AM Paul Davies is opposing Welsh Government plans to introduce a tourist tax in Wales. The Welsh Government’s agreed budget statement with Plaid Cymru earlier this month included the proposal to consider a tax on tourists so that the revenue generated could be used to support the local industry and encourage jobs and growth in Wales.

Mr Davies said: “A tourist tax would be devastating for tourist operators across Pembrokeshire and could lead to a loss of trade and income for many local businesses. This proposal would also discourage people from visiting Wales and make the average family holiday much more expensive – leading to visitors seeking holidays elsewhere in the UK.”

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05 October 2017

Paul Davies backs campaign to BEAT FLU

Paul is pictured supporting the Beat Flu campaign at the Senedd.Local AM Paul Davies is urging all those eligible for the free influenza (flu) vaccine to protect themselves and those around them. Vaccination is the best protection against catching or spreading influenza, which is a debilitating and potentially deadly illness.

Mr Davies is joining calls being made by Public Health Wales urging those in at risk groups to make an appointment with their local GP or go to their community pharmacy and get the free flu vaccine soon. At risk groups include pregnant women, people with certain long-term illnesses, those aged 65 or over and carers. All children aged two to eight years are also being offered protection with a simple nasal spray flu vaccine – so no needle. Two and three year olds (age on 31 August 2017) will have their nasal spray vaccine at their GP surgery and children in reception class, year one, two, three and four in primary school will be offered their nasal spray vaccine at school.

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04 October 2017

Paul Davies Visits Pontfaen Hydro-Electric Scheme

Paul  is pictured with Harry Boggis-Rolfe.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has recently visited a small hydro-electric power scheme in Pontfaen, North Pembrokeshire, to hear more about how the scheme can generate power for up to seventy houses. Mr Davies received a tour from owner, Harry Boggis-Rolfe, who explained some of the current challenges and opportunities presented by the scheme.

Mr Davies said, “It was a pleasure to visit the hydro-electric scheme and learn more about how that scheme is helping deliver power to seventy houses. Pembrokeshire is a prime location for renewable energy production and it’s important that small schemes such as this have the support that they need to generate power across the County. The geography of Pembrokeshire provides a strong base for hydropower schemes to flourish and it’s crucial that opportunities like this are fully developed. Hydroelectric power schemes are one of the greenest and cleanest alternative energy sources around and it’s important that Governments at all levels do all that they can to support and develop local renewable energy power schemes.”

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02 October 2017

Local AM Attends Macmillan Coffee Morning

[L-R] Eddie Shardlow (RVS Voluntary Driver), Dai Rogers (PBE Fuels), Paul Davies AM, Judith Allen (Red Cross). Seated – Jacqui Evans (Red Cross Volunteer), Jane Potter (Red Cross PIVOT Caseworker).Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has recently attended a Macmillan coffee morning, hosted by Pembrokeshire Intermediate Voluntary Organisations Team (PIVOT) and Haverfordwest Red Cross Team. The coffee morning was a great opportunity to have a coffee and a chat whilst learning about the important work Red Cross is doing across the County.

Mr Davies said, “Macmillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is a fantastic event that brings communities across Wales together and it was great be a part of that campaign by attending a local coffee morning hosted by the Red Cross team. One in three people will face cancer and it’s important that we all work together to support cancer patients from the very moment that they are diagnosed. Events like this coffee morning are an important way of raising awareness of cancer and the impact that it has on so many lives in Pembrokeshire.”

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25 September 2017

Paul Davies Wears it Pink for Breast Cancer

Paul is pictured with Mike and Jules Peters of The Alarm.Local AM Paul Davies has dressed in pink to lend his support to Breast Cancer Now’s flagship fundraiser, wear it pink, which will see thousands of people across the UK adding a splash of pink to their outfits on Friday 20th October to raise vital funds for breast cancer research. The event, which takes place during October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, is in its 16th year and has raised over £30 million to date for Breast Cancer Now’s life-saving research.

Mr Davies joined by fellow assembly members in Cardiff recently to show his support for the thousands of women and men affected by breast cancer each year and encourage people across Pembrokeshire to take part on wear it pink day.

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13 September 2017

New Milford Chocolate Truffle Shop Hits Paul Davies’ Sweet Spot

L-R – Beth Howes, Jess Morgan, Debbie Anthony (all from Trwffl), with Paul Davies AMLocal Assembly Member, Paul Davies called in to Trwffl, a new chocolate truffle shop on Milford Marina to join in with their celebrations to mark the opening of their new shop.

Trwffl is owned by nutritionist Ellen Picton of Healthaspire along with partners Sara Alderman and Debbie Anthony. As dark chocolate has many health benefits Ellen wanted to create a chocolate treat that was full of flavour and with minimal sugar; so by combining 72% dark chocolate from Belgium, Pembrokeshire cream and welsh flavourings the recipe was created.

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08 September 2017

Paul Davies Impressed By Ramsey Island Beauty

L-R – Rhys Evans (RSPB), Paul Davies AM, Anne Smith (RSPB), Lisa and Greg Morgan (Ramsey Island Wardens), Emily Williams (RSPB)Local Assembly Member, Paul Davies AM recently enjoyed a visit to Ramsey Island accompanied by RSPB representatives.

This beautiful reserve is located approximately 1 km off the coast of the St David's peninsula and is an important site for breeding seabirds. Introduced non-native mammals are having a huge impact on seabird colonies on offshore islands across the globe, and in 2000 an ambitious rat eradication project was carried out on Ramsey. As a result Ramsey Island is now free of rats and mice which means that burrow-nesting seabirds can breed safely, and RSPB staff and volunteers on the reserve are working hard to attract puffins back to the island.

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07 September 2017

Paul Davies Presents Cheque to Wolfscastle Over 60s

Paul is pictured with Members of the Wolfscastle over 60s club.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies recently presented a cheque for almost £5,000 to Wolfscastle over 60s on behalf of the Awards for All Scheme, under the Big Lottery Fund. The scheme aims to support community activity by extending access and participation, increasing skills and creativity and generally improving the quality of life of people in their local communities.

Mr Davies said: “I was delighted to present the Wolfscastle over 60s club with a cheque for almost £5,000, which I understand has been used to organise a series of educational visits to local and national places of interest during 2017. I am told the club will be visiting Aberdulais and the Gower for the remainder of 2017.

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30 August 2017

Consultation seeks public support in drafting “game changing” autism legislation

L-R: Isobel Sutcliffe, Assembly Member Paul Davies and Helen Brandrick.Welsh Conservative AM, Paul Davies, has today launched a public consultation to help shape proposals for an Autism Act.

Mr Davies’ proposals were supported by two-thirds of Assembly members, after he was successfully drawn out of a ballot for back-bench legislation.

The Autism Bill’s aim is to improve service provision for children and adults with autism spectrum conditions in Wales, and to give the condition its own statutory identity.

Similar legislation exists in the rest of the UK, and critics have long called for people with Autism in Wales to be given the same statutory support.

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29 August 2017

Local AM Meets PLANED Representatives

Local AM Paul Davies, Cllr Cris Tomos (representative of PLANED).Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has recently met with representatives of the Pembrokeshire Local Action Network for Enterprise and Development (PLANED), a local community-led partnership which supports and delivers grass roots projects across Pembrokeshire. PLANED works with communities, public sector and voluntary partners and special interest groups to undertake locally integrated development and are keen for local groups to get in touch and find out more about the work that they do.

Mr Davies said, “I was delighted to meet with representatives of PLANED to hear more about the community projects that they’re currently working on. PLANED has helped communities develop a range of projects such as renewable energy schemes, improving village halls and they’ve even established a Pembrokeshire Sustainable Agriculture Network as a forum for local farmers.”

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25 August 2017

Youth Council Bake Off

Bryani Kelly, Stephen Crabb MP and Paul Davies AM tuck into a cornetto cake.THE BAKE Off marquee made its way to Milford Haven Youth Centre recently, as members of youth organisations showed off their baking skills.

Organised by Pembrokeshire Children and Young People's Rights Office (CYPRO) and funded by Pembrokeshire Youth Bank, six teams from Haverfordwest, Pembroke Dock, Tendy and Milford Haven youth clubs, along with Junior Safeguarding and Young Voices attempted to wow the judges with their show stopping bakes.

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