20 March 2018

Concerns Raised as Plans for Old Dyfed Model Back on the Cards

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has expressed his frustration at the Welsh Government’s plans to reconsider merging Pembrokeshire with Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion under a ‘Dyfed’ model of local governance. The Welsh Government has issued a green paper outlining its proposals which could see the number of councils across Wales scaled down from 22 to 10.

He said, “I’m extremely disappointed that once again the Welsh Government is looking at centralising local authorities across Wales, particularly given that Pembrokeshire councillors of all parties have previously made it clear that they are against a merger with Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion. Any proposals to reform local government in Wales must be cost-effective and carry the will of the people that it represents and we’re still yet to see any evidence that the Welsh Government’s plans meet this criteria. Let’s not forget Pembrokeshire has an international reputation that has been established in its own right – and that local brand and identity must be protected.”


AM Visits Local Spitfire Museum

L-R: Local MP Stephen Crabb, Mr Ray Burgess, local AM Paul Davies.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies recently visited the Welsh Spitfire Museum in Haverfordwest ahead of the 100th anniversary of the formation of the Royal Air Force in April. Mr Davies visited the museum along with local MP Stephen Crabb and heard more about its plans to develop a military reference library as their expanding collection of literature is now at almost 5,000 pieces.

Mr Davies said, “It was a pleasure to visit the Welsh Spitfire museum and have a look around the fuselage and the various exhibits. We’re very fortunate to have such a unique attraction on our doorstep and I’d encourage everyone to go and visit the museum. It was interesting to hear that a military reference library is now being developed and I look forward to visiting it when it opens. I wish the museum every success and I’m very grateful to the volunteers who have been so committed to protecting the artefacts and promoting our military history. Of course, there’s always room for more volunteers and so if this is something that you’d be interested in, please visit the museum’s website at http://welshspitfire.org/.”


16 March 2018

Pembrokeshire Coast Scoops Top Countryfile Award

Responding to the news that Pembrokeshire Coast has been voted the UK's Holiday Destination of the Year in the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards 2018, local Assembly Member Paul Davies said:

“I’m delighted that Pembrokeshire has been rightly recognised for its outstanding landscape. Pembrokeshire really has it all; from breath-taking beaches, beautiful mountains and plenty of interesting attractions. As someone who lives in Pembrokeshire, we can sometimes take what we have on our doorstep for granted and so it’s important that we take a moment to enjoy living in such a remarkable place. We must also remember the hard work that goes into conserving our local environment and I’d like to extend my thanks to everyone who helps to keep Pembrokeshire as beautiful as it is. This award is recognition of that hard work.”


Paul Davies Raises Health Board Plans with Cabinet Secretary

Preseli Pembrokeshire Assembly Member Paul Davies recently raised Hywel Dda University Health Board’s plans to transform services in the Assembly Chamber with the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Services. Mr Davies reiterated his opposition to any plans that would see services downgraded from Withybush hospital or the hospital removed in its entirety. In responding to the question, the Cabinet Secretary refused to give any details but confirmed that he’d had broad conversations with the Health Board about its plans.

Mr Davies said, “The future of services at Withybush hospital continues to be one of the biggest issues facing people living in Pembrokeshire and so I make no apology for continuing to raise this matter with Welsh Government Ministers. We know that the Health Board will shortly be consulting on their plans to transform services and so it’s important that the Welsh Government confirms that funding has been put aside for each of the options. I remain completely opposed to any plans that will result in services being removed from the hospital and any plans that will see the hospital being closed down completely. I’m also sceptical that the options put forward will be affordable and it’s essential that the health board and the Welsh Government confirm the affordability of each of the options alongside the consultation. The Cabinet Secretary refused to confirm whether the Welsh Government has guaranteed that funding will be made available for whichever options the local health board decides and so it begs the question, if the Welsh Government cannot guarantee the funding, then what is the point of consulting on any options at all?”


14 March 2018

Paul Davies Supports WWF Cymru’s Earth Hour 2018

Paul is pictured at the Earth Hour event in the Senedd.Preseli Pembrokeshire Assembly Member Paul Davies pledged his support for WWF’s Earth Hour campaign 2018 – the global movement to protect our planet. Every year, millions of people across the world show their love for our planet and their commitment to protecting it by taking part in WWF’s Earth Hour.

Last year in Wales, an estimated 280,000 took part in WWF’s Earth Hour, as did every single local authority in the country. Iconic Welsh landmarks like the Senedd in Cardiff Bay, the National Library in Aberystwyth, and Caernarfon and Caerphilly castles all went dark.


13 March 2018

Paul Davies Co-sponsors Rural Oscars

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies recently co-sponsored the Countryside Alliance awards at the Senedd (Wednesday 7th March). The Countryside Alliance awards, Wales’ premier rural business awards – are often known as the Rural Oscars and are held annually to celebrate Wales’ rural enterprises and award those businesses that have made an overwhelming commitment to their local economy and community.

Mr Davies said, “It’s always a pleasure to attend the Countryside Alliance awards and celebrate some of Wales’ finest rural businesses. Pembrokeshire was very well represented by businesses including Ken Davies Ai Fab from Crymych and Siop Y Pentre from Cilgerran. I’m delighted that St Dogmael’s Local Producers Market came away with an award in the ‘Local Food’ category and Sarah Eynon of Siop Sarah in Maenclochog was awarded the Rural Hero Award for over 30 years’ service to her community. The awards ceremony was a great opportunity to hear more about how Governments at all levels can support rural businesses and how we can better promote their goods and services. Therefore, I’d strongly encourage everyone to make a concerted effort to support local businesses and help keep Pembrokeshire producers and suppliers on the map for years to come.”


Local AM Attends International Women’s Day Celebrations

Paul is pictured at the book launch of Rocking the Boat, with Prof Angela John.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies showed his support for International Women’s Day (Thursday 8th March) by attending the National Assembly for Wales’ programme of events to showcase the suffrage movement in Wales. An exhibition was held, with items and photographs throughout history, showing the rise of the movement both in Pembrokeshire and right across Wales. Mr Davies also attended the book launch of “Rocking the Boat” written by local historian Professor Angela John.

Mr Davies said, “International Women’s Day is a global movement that recognises the progress made by women and it’s important that the Assembly promotes the Suffrage movement and highlights the good progress being made across Wales. It was fascinating to attend the exhibition and see images of Emmeline Pankhurst addressing crowds in Haverfordwest and schoolgirls in St Dogmael’s supporting the rights of women to vote. Of course, whilst good progress has been made, much more can be done and I look forward to working with colleagues from all parties and Governments to advance this agenda.”


08 March 2018

Paul Davies Supports World Kidney Day

Paul is pictured at the Paul Popham event in the Assembly.Preseli Pembrokeshire Assembly Member Paul Davies recently attended an event at the Senedd to show his support for World Kidney Day 2018. The event showcased the work of the Paul Popham Fund, Renal Support Wales and in particular its befriending service which provides support to renal patients by involving suitably experienced and trained renal patient volunteers who themselves are renal patients or carers.

Mr Davies said, “It was a pleasure to meet with the Paul Popham Fund ahead of World Kidney Day and learn more about their plans for the future, including their plans to extend their services to Pembrokeshire. There’s an estimated 10,000 people living with a renal condition in Wales and so it’s important we ensure support and guidance is made available to patients undergoing renal treatments.”


27 February 2018

Paul Davies Visits Caerhys Farm

L-R: Carwyn Miles, Gerald Miles (both COCA), Paul Davies AM.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies recently visited Caerhys Farm in St David’s to hear about the Farm’s Organic Community Agriculture Scheme and to learn more about how the scheme works in practice. The volunteers work together to grow seasonal produce and then that produce is distributed amongst its members. Sharers pay a monthly membership, and once a week visit the Farm or the nearest pick-up point to collect their share of the produce.

Mr Davies said, “Community Supported Agriculture is certainly on the rise across the UK and so I was delighted to visit Caerhys Farm to learn more about the Farm’s Organic Community Agriculture Scheme. It’s very much a partnership in which the responsibilities, risks and rewards of farming are shared and there a number of benefits to farming this way, as it connects the farm with the local community and also has a positive impact on the wellbeing of those involved. Indeed, this style of farming could be good for the sustainability of farming as an industry in the future and it’s great to see this activity taking place here in Pembrokeshire.”


Paul Davies Welcomed Local Pupils to the Senedd

Paul is pictured with staff and children from Cleddau Reach Primary School at the Senedd.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies welcomed pupils from Llangwm to the National Assembly for Wales recently and taken questions from them about all aspects of public life and politics. Mr Davies talked to the children about his work as an Assembly Member and some of the local issues facing people in Pembrokeshire.

Mr Davies said: “It was a real pleasure to welcome the pupils and staff from Cleddau Reach Primary School to the Senedd and give them an opportunity to learn more about the Assembly and how it affects their lives. The children asked a range of questions about my professional and personal life and it was great to see them interested and engaging in politics. It’s a great experience and I’d strongly encourage schools across Pembrokeshire to visit the Assembly and learn more about the Senedd and my role as your local Assembly Member.”


22 February 2018

For the Love of the Atlantic Puffin, We must act on Climate Change

Paul is pictured at the Show the Love campaign event.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies, the Species Champion for the Atlantic Puffin, supported the Show the Love campaign at the Senedd this Valentine’s Day (Wednesday 14th February), an event organised by Wales Environment Link and Stop Climate Chaos Cymru. ‘Craftivists’ from RSPB Cymru made a bespoke green heart badge for Mr Davies with a personalised message, asking them to keep protecting the Atlantic Puffin.

Environmental charities have promoted Show the Love for the last few years to raise awareness of climate change and highlight that everyone loves something that is threatened by it. Action needs to be taken to protect what we love, before it’s too late. In the Assembly, over 30 AMs act as Species Champions for at-risk species in Wales. Wales Environment Link (WEL) members partner AMs up with species in their constituencies that are considered, under the Environment Act, to be of key significance to sustain and improve biodiversity in Wales.


21 February 2018

Departing NFU President leaves “big boots to fill”

Tributes have been paid to the outgoing NFU President, Meurig Raymond, who this week chaired his last NFU Conference in the role.

Meurig is set to step down after 4 years in the role, with the farmers’ union electing a successor to the top post today.

Shadow Agriculture Secretary – Paul Davies – said he had been a “tireless voice for farmers” and warned his successor that there were “big boots to fill”.


19 February 2018

Work Experience Placement Offered by Local AM

Paul is pictured with Aled Thomas, an autism activist, who was given the opportunity to work alongside Paul at his Assembly office.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies was delighted to recently offer a work placement to Aled Thomas, an autism activist. Mr Thomas, who lives with autism himself, was given the opportunity to work alongside Paul at his Assembly office in Cardiff Bay. During his placement, Aled had the opportunity to see first-hand the work that Paul does at the National Assembly for Wales and contributed to preparing Paul’s plenary work.

Mr Davies said, “I’m delighted that Aled has enjoyed his time shadowing me in my role as an Assembly Member. I hope that the placement was able to give him a taste of the work that I do and I’m very thankful for all his hard work over the past few weeks. It’s always great to see people actively engaging with local and national politics and I look forward to welcoming more work experience placements in the future.”


#RehabMatters Campaign Endorsed by Local AM

L-R: Jeroen Bruins, Reneé Groenevelt, local AM Paul Davies, Kate Roch.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies recently met with community physiotherapists to discuss the #RehabMatters campaign which aims to improve access to rehabilitation services across the UK. Mr Davies discussed the campaign and the provision of services in Pembrokeshire and then watched the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy’s campaign video.

Mr Davies said, “It was a real pleasure to meet with Jeroen, Reneé and Kate to discuss their work and discuss ways in which we can promote community rehabilitation services. It’s so crucial that patients leaving hospital have access to the right services as quickly as possible and so we need to make sure that community physiotherapists have the resources and support that they need. The RehabMatters film is a powerful one and as a result, I will be doing all that I can to raise awareness of this important campaign, to ensure that patients have access to the services and support that they need following hospital stays.”


15 February 2018

Action Needed To Tackle Online Sale of Pets

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has raised the issue of the online sale of pets, following concerns that the number of sales has risen significantly in recent years. Mr Davies called on the Welsh Government to prioritise the matter and address the scale of unlicensed activity taking place online.

Mr Davies said: “The online trade of pets has been a longstanding issue as the invisibility of the trading system means that sellers do not always ensure the highest possible standards. There is simply no accountability and no way of ascertaining whether these animals are healthy, have had the appropriate veterinary checks and are even old enough to be taken away from their mothers. The Welsh Government must look at this activity and develop a strategy to address online trading and selling of pets, so that all parties can be confident that the welfare of animals is protected.”

You can access Paul’s speech (from paragraph 32) here - http://record.assembly.wales/Plenary/4907


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