New Leader visits Sharp solar panel factory

The new Leader of the Welsh Conservatives in the Assembly has visited Sharp, in Wrexham, on his first official engagement. Andrew RT Davies AM has toured the factory and met staff.

Legislative plans miss economic opportunity

Commenting on the Welsh Labour Government’s legislative programme, Paul Davies AM, Acting Leader of the Welsh Conservatives in the National Assembly, said: “What is lacking in this statement is a clear strategy to stimulate the Welsh economy by encouraging entrepreneurship and helping small businesses to expand and create jobs."

Clarity needed on changes to widen HE access

Commenting on the announcement that almost all Welsh universities will charge the full £9,000 maximum tuition fee, Angela Burns AM, Shadow Minister for Education, said: “Subsiding students from Wales and across the EU to the maximum fee of £9,000 represents an increasingly uncertain financial commitment for the public purse."

School Census figures “raise questions on staffing”

Commenting on the latest School Census figures, which show a drop of 432.2 full-time equivalent teachers in LA maintained schools, and a rise of 910.9 full-time equivalent support staff, Shadow Minister for Education Angela Burns AM, said: “These provisional figures clearly raise questions about school staffing and closures."

FM refuses to apologise for “waiting times blunder”

The Acting Leader of the Opposition has asked the First Minister to apologise for misleading the chamber after his refusal to accept that NHS waiting lists are getting worse. Official figures show that 227,000 patients were waiting to start treatment in the NHS when Carwyn Jones became First Minister. 341,000 are now waiting. That’s a rise of 50 per cent.

Education system needs a ‘middle phase’

Welsh Conservatives have today called for a ‘middle phase’ to integrate the school system and bridge the gap between 8 and 13 year olds. During an opposition debate, the group has highlighted how it believes the existing structure ignores children within that age group.

WG admits own policy driving up NHS waiting lists

The Welsh Labour Government has admitted that its own policies are forcing up NHS waiting lists. Welsh Conservatives have obtained a copy of a letter from the Welsh Labour Government, which confirms that “following the One Wales commitment to reduce the use of the private sector, and the repatriation of patients from England, capacity has been constrained.”