Christopher Salmon is Dyfed Powys Police and Crime Commissioner

Leader of the Opposition Andrew RT Davies AM has congratulated Christopher Salmon on his election to the post of Dyfed Powys Police and Crime Commissioner. Mr Davies said: “Christopher ran an excellent campaign and I congratulate him on his new role."

Minister agrees Dog Control Order review

Labour’s Environment Minister has agreed to undertake a review of Welsh Dog Control Orders after a Welsh Conservative AM raised fears about the ability of local authorities to crack down on dog fouling.

A vision for the Welsh high street

Welsh Conservatives will today hold a major debate on the Party’s ambitious proposals to regenerate the Welsh high street.Last month the Party launched a policy document which advocated business rate reform, new planning guidance and a ‘Tîm y Dref’ for each high street, all aimed at turning around recent decline in footfall.

New Treatments Fund must include cancer drugs

A new fund for medical treatments in Wales will not make access to cancer drugs easier.  Responding to Shadow Minister for Health Darren Millar AM, the First Minister today confirmed that plans for a new fund will not include cancer drugs.

More pain for North Wales NHS

An ‘independent’ report on NHS reconfiguration in North Wales – rewritten after the health board’s intervention – has exposed the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board’s plans for a second consultation on further proposals for major service change.

Rewritten report undermines NHS change

What should have been an independent report on plans for NHS change was rewritten to support the proposals following a health board’s intervention. The National Clinical Forum initially deemed plans for change in north Wales ‘unsustainable’. The final report retracted this comment and supported the proposals. 

Scottish Labour slams NHS cuts

Labour’s leader in Scotland has criticised the SNP for significant cuts to the NHS budget, while Welsh Labour ploughs on with its own record-breaking cuts. Speaking during First Minister’s Questions yesterday, Johann Lamont told SNP leader Alex Salmond he had imposed real terms cuts of 200 million pounds on the health budget and showed ‘breathtaking complacency’ at the Auditor General’s ‘amber warning’ for the Scottish NHS. 

Cheap budget deal sees return of old tag team

Welsh Conservatives have branded today’s budget deal between Labour and Plaid as ‘cheap and second-rate’. Speaking after a joint statement was issued by the First Minister and Plaid’s Leader, Shadow Minister for Finance Paul Davies AM said: “This is a cheap deal that hails the return of an old and ineffective tag team. “Plaid has been bought for far less than anyone expected in what is effectively a second-rate trade-off."

Call for Assembly procedural review

The Leader of the Opposition today wrote to the Presiding Officer to suggest a Procedural Review of the National Assembly for Wales to revitalise the institution’s operations and improve engagement with the public. Andrew RT Davies AM said it was time to overhaul the Assembly’s proceedings to make them more relevant and topical and to deliver for the people of Wales.

Action now required on ash dieback

Welsh Conservatives have called for a change of Welsh Government attitude towards ash dieback, following confirmation that the disease has been found in Wales. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has confirmed it’s been found in private woodland in south west Wales.