Government budget defeat 'sends a strong message'

Commenting on the Welsh Government’s defeat in today’s vote on the draft budget, Shadow Minister for Finance Paul Davies AM, said: “This vote sends a strong message of defiance to a First Minister whose draft budget is not fit for purpose and whose refusal to provide flexibility has been naïve."

Draft Budget: Best interests of Wales must come first

Ahead of today’s debate on the Welsh Government’s draft budget, Welsh Conservatives have reaffirmed their commitment to work constructively in the best interests of Wales. The group has tabled a joint amendment opposing the budget, together with the Welsh Liberal Democrats and Plaid.

No improvement in waiting times

Latest Welsh Government figures show waiting times targets were missed again during September and delays in orthopaedic treatment remain ‘astonishingly’ high.

Statement on Draft Budget Amendment

The three opposition parties in the National Assembly for Wales, the Welsh Conservatives, Plaid Cymru and the Welsh Liberal Democrats have agreed to table a joint amendment opposing the Welsh Labour Government’s draft budget.

Welsh Conservatives welcome Powys councillor from Lib Dems

Andrew RT Davies AM, Leader of the Welsh Conservatives in the National Assembly, has welcomed Councillor Richard White to the Welsh Conservative Party after he left the Liberal Democrat group on Powys County Council. Cllr White, who represents Newtown East ward on the authority, said he looks forward to working with Russell George AM, Glyn Davies MP and the Welsh Conservative team in Powys.

Rural economy overlooked by Labour

Welsh Conservatives will today call on the Welsh Labour Government to support the rural economy and do more to increase its competitiveness.  In an opposition debate, the group will criticise the progress of infrastructure developments and call for a review of all regulations and red tape affecting the rural economy.

Labour AMs must put patients before politics

Commenting on reports of Labour backbench opposition to the Health Minister’s plans for the NHS, Shadow Minister for Health Darren Millar AM, said: “Those Labour Members who may be questioning their Minister’s woeful NHS plans must ask themselves what’s more important to them: representing those who elected them by fighting hospital closures and supporting local health services - or supporting a Welsh Labour Government that's lost its way on the NHS?

Flood Strategy cautiously welcomed

Commenting on the Environment Minister’s statement on the National Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Strategy, Shadow Minister for Environment Russell George AM, said: “I welcome the introduction of this strategy and I am pleased that the Welsh Labour Government has taken the relevant recommendations on board".

First Minister ‘turns his back’ on nurses’ pleas

The Leader of the Welsh Conservatives in the Assembly has accused the First Minister of ‘turning his back on nurses’ pleas’ and ‘dismissing’ concerns raised in a report by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN). When questioned in the Chamber this afternoon, Carwyn Jones refused to discuss what actions his government will take following the publication of the RCN’s annual employment survey last week.