Spanish property investment warning

As Spain's Development Minister launches a campaign to encourage British people to invest in Spanish property, Welsh Conservative MEP Kay Swinburne has warned people to beware of its planning laws.

The Development Ministry has launched its Europe-wide campaign in the UK. In 2009 the European Parliament passed a report calling on the Spanish authorities to rethink planning laws. To date, those calls have been ignored.

“Shocking” orthopaedic delays at centre of NHS hold-ups

The number of Welsh patients waiting over 36 weeks for orthopaedic treatment has rocketed from 11 to 4,466 – in 16 months. That’s a rise of 40,500 per cent. The figure accounts for the majority of all patients waiting more than 36 weeks for any kind of treatment. In all, 5,207 people have been on NHS waiting lists for longer than the Welsh Government’s maximum target time.

Labour must rethink NHS cuts

Commenting on claims by the King’s Fund that Wales is facing the deepest cuts of any nation of the UK, Darren Millar AM, Shadow Minister for Health, said: “This is further proof that Labour’s plans to cut the health budget will damage our National Health Service and put frontline services at risk." 

Mid Wales united against wind energy hub

Communities from across Mid Wales will unite on the steps of the National Assembly today to make their case against large-scale wind farms and the resulting pylons and electricity substations. It has been proposed that a series of 50 metre high pylons would stretch across Mid Wales, connecting a major electricity substation near Abermule or Cefn Coch in Montgomeryshire, to the National Grid.

Cardiac waiting times soar

The number of patients waiting to start cardiac treatment in Wales has risen by more than 30 per cent since December 2009. There are now 13,613 patients waiting – more than a hundred of which have been on lists for more than nine months. The figures have been highlighted by the Welsh Conservatives on the day Health Minister Lesley Griffiths said waiting times should not be allowed “to slip”.

Fall in unemployment "extremely positive"

Commenting on a fall in the number of people unemployed in Wales, Shadow Minister for Business, Enterprise & Technology, Andrew RT Davies AM, said: “These figures are extremely positive news for Wales and paint a very encouraging picture of the UK government’s strategy. “A similar drop in the number of people who are economically inactive is also incredibly welcome; both for those who have found employment, and the Welsh economy as a whole.

Shadow Cabinet announcement

Welsh Conservatives have today announced their Shadow Cabinet. Acting Leader of the Assembly group, Paul Davies AM, has appointed 12 Assembly Members to Shadow Ministerial positions. The selections include a Rural Affairs brief; an area omitted from Labour’s Cabinet table.

New Cabinet must ‘deliver’

Commenting on the First Minister’s appointment of a Cabinet, interim Leader of the Welsh Conservatives in the Assembly, Paul Davies AM, said: “It is now time for this Cabinet to get down to business and deliver the improved public services Welsh Labour has promised. “The deck chairs have been reorganised and the usual suspects have returned, but it is critical we now see an end to the mistakes."

Labour must “put an end to mistakes” & “focus on delivery”

Commenting on Carwyn Jones’ announcement that Labour will govern alone, interim Leader of the Welsh Conservatives in the Assembly, Paul Davies AM, said: “It is now absolutely essential that Labour follows its own advice and focuses on ‘delivery’ for the people of Wales. “12 years of Labour and Labour-led governments have left our NHS, our schools and our economy failing."