A year of missed ambulance response targets

Commenting on today’s publication of figures showing that the Welsh Government’s ambulance response time target has been missed for the 12th consecutive month, Darren Millar AM, Shadow Minister for Health, said:

Education Minister: Inevitable he had to go

Commenting on the resignation of the Education Minister, Leader of the Welsh Conservatives Andrew RT Davies AM, said: “After the failure of Carwyn Jones to endorse his Education Minister’s position during my questions to him today, it was inevitable that he had to go."

First Minister fails to defend leadership rival

The First Minister today failed to defend his beleaguered Education Minister after the latter faced calls to the backbenches over his constituency campaigning against flagship government policies.

Emergency Bill is an abuse of procedure

The Shadow Minister for Rural Affairs condemns the Welsh Government's decision to introduce an Emergency Bill on the Agricultural Wages Board.

'Repair Man' Minister is 'lost in patch-ups'

The Shadow Minister for Education has today labelled the Education Minister a ‘repair man’ lost in a mountain of Labour patch-ups.  Addressing the Welsh Local Government Conference in Cardiff, Assembly Member Angela Burns accused former Labour Education Ministers of ‘ideological tinkering’ which has led to a series of mistakes and a decline in standards that is only now being addressed.

Numeracy report is 'more evidence of decline'

Commenting on the publication of Estyn’s report ‘Numeracy in key stages 2 and 3: a baseline study’, which concludes that pupils in nearly half of schools have weak numeracy skills, Angela Burns AM, Shadow Minister for Education, said: “This report is further damning evidence of educational decline in key skills during 14 years of successive Welsh Labour governments."

Cardiff Airport: Debating the future

Welsh Conservatives will today call on the First Minister to set out his ambitions and targets for Cardiff Airport, following its recent nationalisation.

Government U-turn on senior council pay backed

Commenting on the passing of the Local Government (Democracy) (Wales) Bill in the National Assembly, Janet Finch-Saunders AM, Shadow Minister for Local Government, said: “The passing of this Bill takes some important initial steps towards greater transparency and accountability in local government, although it falls short in several key areas."

Enterprise Zones: No Targets. No Data.

The Leader of the Welsh Conservatives has called for more measurable targets on economic success in Wales and a commitment to bring forward so far unreleased statistics on enterprise zones.