Welsh Conservative rally

The Welsh Conservative rally has taken place in St Asaph; one of Britain's newest cities.Speeches will be available here.

Budget for work and business will support economy

Commenting on today’s budget announcement, Leader of the Welsh Conservatives in the Assembly Andrew RT Davies AM, said: "This is a budget that rewards work, backs business and will support the economy, while benefiting tens of thousands of families the length and breadth of Wales."

TB U-turn is a betrayal of rural Wales

Commenting on the Environment Minister’s statement on ‘A Programme for Eradicating Bovine Tuberculosis in Wales’, Shadow Minister for Rural Affairs Antoinette Sandbach AM, said: “The Minister has today hamstrung the eradication programme by abandoning culling, despite voting in favour of that policy less than a year ago."

Instant help required for small businesses

Welsh Conservatives have renewed calls for immediate efforts to help small businesses and ease the financial pressures they face. In an opposition debate on Wednesday March 14th, the group will call for business rates to be scrapped for all small businesses with a rateable value of up to 12 thousand pounds and tapered for those with rateable values of between 12 and 15 thousand pounds.

Congratulations for Diamond city

Commenting on the news that St Asaph has been awarded city status as part of Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations, Mark Isherwood AM, Shadow Minister for North Wales, said: “This is fabulous news for the people of St Asaph and North Wales."

Scotland 10:1 Wales

The Leader of the Welsh Conservatives in the Assembly has attacked the First Minister for his ‘lethargic’ approach to legislation. Since last year’s Yes vote, one Bill has been submitted for scrutiny in the National Assembly. In Scotland, over the same period of twelve months, ten Bills have been submitted.

One size fits all token support for schools

Commenting on the announcement that all secondary schools in bands four and five will receive £10,000 each, Angela Burns AM, Shadow Minister for Education, said: “For all the Minister’s talk of a package of ‘extensive’ and ‘differentiated’ support, this is a crude and simplistic one-off payment, which fails to tailor assistance to the needs of each school."

Waiting time lottery must end

Five local health boards missed the government’s 36 week waiting time target in January. Figures published today show the amount of time patients wait for treatment varies considerably across Wales.

Air Ambulance deserves to be taken seriously

The Health Minister has again refused to consider direct funding for the Wales Air Ambulance, despite its current campaign to raise 600,000 pounds for a new helicopter in mid Wales. The central helicopter - opposite - is based near Newtown and will shortly be decommissioned.

Glastir lacks direction and good management

Commenting on the Deputy Minister’s statement on taking the Glastir scheme forward, Shadow Minister for Rural Affairs Antoinette Sandbach AM, said: “Glastir remains fundamentally unfit for purpose. If its’ success is measured by the scale of farmers’ participation, as suggested by the previous minister, it remains a complete failure."