Under Carwyn Jones’ five years as First Minister, Wales has got poorer and the standard of public services has declined, Welsh Conservatives claimed today.

School funding crisis must be tackled

Commenting on warnings from the Association of School and College Leaders Cymru that the average Welsh secondary school could soon face a funding shortfall of over £1million, Angela Burns AM, Shadow Minister for Education, said:

Private sector rail ban ideologically-led

Labour’s Marxist Business Minister today announced that only not-for-profit social enterprises will be allowed to bid for the Wales and Borders franchise when it is up for renewal in 2018.

Troubling drop in Welsh exports

Welsh Conservatives have labelled a significant drop in Welsh exports as ‘extremely troubling’. Welsh government figures, released today, show an 89 million pounds fall for the four quarters leading up to and including 2014 quarter three, compared with the previous four quarters.

Pop-Up shops lead 'Open for Christmas' campaign

Pop-up shops in empty high street stores should be better encouraged and entirely exempt from business rates.   That’s the leading call from Welsh Conservatives in a new campaign aimed at boosting and supporting Welsh high streets.

Concerns over delays in children's commissioner recruitment process

Welsh Conservatives have raised concerns over delays in recruitment of the next children’s commissioner for Wales. An initial process, held earlier this year, failed to appoint a candidate to take over from the current commissioner, who leaves his post in March.

Autumn statement money must be spent on cancer drugs

The Welsh Conservative Leader has today called for additional money heading to Wales, as a result of the Chancellor’s autumn statement, to be spent – in part – on a much-needed cancer treatments fund. Extra money – or a ‘consequential’ – is likely to come to Wales as a result of announcements made tomorrow.

25 year milestone for Winter Fair

Commenting on this week’s Royal Welsh Winter Fair, Welsh Conservative Shadow Minister for Agriculture and Rural Affairs Russell George AM, said: “Reaching the 25 year milestone is a great success and we congratulate the organisers for making this the premier event of its kind in the UK."

Free school breakfasts 'must be fair'

Speaking ahead of the 10 year anniversary of the Welsh Labour government’s free school breakfast policy, Angela Burns AM, Shadow Minister for Education, said:   “It is regrettable that after 10 years and tens of millions of pounds, a third of Welsh children are not able to access free school breakfasts."