Sky Lanterns: Government plans not nearly enough

The Shadow Minister for Rural Affairs has labelled the Labour government’s proposals for voluntary council bans on the release of sky lanterns ‘not nearly enough’ to deal with the problem. Antoinette Sandbach has been campaigning for much stricter controls on sky lanterns for over two years. The North Wales Assembly Member has tabled a motion for debate in the Assembly next week – calling for restrictions on their sale.

Only Welsh Conservatives will protect NHS budget

Commenting on the announcement that Plaid Cymru and the Welsh Liberal Democrats have struck a deal with Labour over the Welsh Government’s budget plans, Paul Davies AM, Shadow Minister for Finance, said:

Carwyn Jones must reverse Labour's NHS cuts

Speaking ahead of the publication of the Welsh Government’s Draft Budget, Paul Davies AM, Shadow Minister for Finance, said: “Under Labour, the Welsh NHS is facing the deepest cuts of any UK health service, with cuts, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies, of 8.6% since 2010.

Loss of irreplaceable ancient woodland

Commenting on the felling of larch trees in one of Wales’ largest ancient woodlands, Wentwood Forest, due to fungal disease, Antoinette Sandbach AM, Shadow Minister for Rural Affairs, said:

Commission to tackle gum scourge

Welsh Conservatives have learnt that the Welsh Government has commissioned research into new ways of tackling the scourge of chewing gum on Welsh streets.

NHS report fails to deal with challenges

Commenting on the publication of the NHS Wales Annual Report, Shadow Minister for Health Darren Millar AM, said: “Less report, more spin, this rose-tinted résumé fails to deal with Labour’s consistently missed targets, downgraded hospitals and record-breaking budget cuts."

Labour has learnt nothing from Mid Staffs

The Leader of the Welsh Conservatives has condemned Labour’s Carwyn Jones for his refusal to prioritise standards of patient care and introduce an independent Keogh-style inquiry. Responding to Andrew RT Davies during First Minister’s Questions, Mr Jones said: “Why have a Keogh-style inquiry at a cost of a million pounds….”

Mid Wales snubbed in bovine TB support

Commenting on a Welsh Government announcement of six pilot areas to trial a new project entitled Cymorth TB, which could provide additional assistance to farmers – but not in mid Wales – Shadow Minister for Rural Affairs, Antoinette Sandbach AM, said: “I fail to understand why mid Wales has been so spectacularly snubbed by Labour."

Labour passes the buck on charity shop busines rates

Commenting on a Welsh Government statement on business rates – which delays any decision on a rates relief cut for charity shops and confirms the UK Government is being asked for its opinion – Shadow Minister for Business Nick Ramsay AM: “This is a lazy Labour government passing the buck and kicking the issue into the long grass."