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."

Paul Davies AM appointed interim Leader of Welsh Conservatives in the Assembly

Paul Davies, Assembly Member for Preseli Pembrokeshire, has been appointed the interim Leader of the Welsh Conservatives in the National Assembly. Mr Davies has been chosen following a unanimous decision at a joint meeting of the Welsh Conservative Assembly Group and Management Board in mid Wales. The process to appoint a permanent Leader will begin on May 11th

Welsh Conservatives deprive Labour of majority

Welsh Conservatives have prevented Labour from winning a majority in the National Assembly.

Labour set its ambitions on gaining a majority - 31 seats or more.  Carwyn Jones, Peter Hain and Ed Miliband talked up Labour's chances of winning a majority, while pollsters predicted Labour winning 32 or 33 seats.

Nick Bourne "a victim of his success"

Commenting on Nick Bourne, Leader of the Welsh Conservatives in the National Assembly, losing his Assembly seat due to constituency gains in Mid & West Wales, Catrin Edwards, Chairman of the Welsh Conservative Party, said:

"I am sorry that the Welsh Conservative Party lost a close friend and respected colleague in the Assembly in Nick Bourne.

It’s time to give small business a better chance

Welsh Conservatives today highlighted the importance of tourism in Wales and the urgent need to give small businesses – including those in the tourist trade - much more support. In Porthcawl on Bank Holiday Monday, the Leader of the Welsh Conservatives in the Assembly visited a recently opened bakery and delicatessen.

Supporting community empowerment

Welsh Conservatives today promoted their plans for community empowerment. Speaking at a pub near Barry – previously owned by its local community – candidates for South Wales Central and the Vale of Glamorgan outlined why it is vital to give local people the opportunity to manage community assets.

Only Welsh Conservatives will protect the NHS budget

Welsh Conservatives today unveiled an ad-van to tour Wales promoting the Welsh Conservative commitment to protect the NHS budget.

Welsh Conservatives are the only party committed to protect Wales' NHS budget and increase it in line with inflation for the next four years.

The Labour-led Assembly Government plans to slash NHS funding by £1billion over the next three years, backed by Plaid Cymru and the Lib Dems.