36% rise in deaths on Welsh roads

Commenting on new figures showing a rise of 36% in the number of deaths on Welsh roads from 2010 to 2011, Byron Davies AM, Shadow Minister for Transport said: “Every loss of life on Welsh roads is a devastating and unnecessary tragedy for the victim’s family and friends.

NHS spends £35million on agency staff in North Wales

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board has spent over £35million employing agency staff in the NHS over the past two years, the Welsh Conservatives revealed today. Spending on agency, locum and other temporary staff rose by 8% last year alone, according to figures unearthed by Assembly Member for Aberconwy, Janet Finch-Saunders.

£1.25million on taxpayer-funded pilgrims slammed

Figures uncovered by the Welsh Conservatives reveal that the Welsh Labour Government has spent more than £1.25million employing staff to work on trade union activities in the last two years. The revelations, revealed by South East Wales Assembly Member Mohammad Asghar, show how 91 Welsh Government employees undertake full or part-time trade union duties at the taxpayer’s expense.

Message to Labour: Open your books to Welsh public

Commenting on the announcement from Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP that the UK Communities and Local Government Department will be publishing all expenditure above £250, reducing the threshold from £500 to a record low, Janet Finch-Saunders AM, Shadow Minister for Local Government, said: “This is a massive and welcome leap towards greater transparency, giving the public clear and accessible information on how their taxes are spent.

Unemployment down by 7,000

Welsh Conservatives today welcomed figures showing the unemployment rate in Wales for the three months from April to June 2012 fell by 0.4% to 8.6%.  The number of unemployed people fell by 7,000, to reach 126,000, while the rate of employment rose by 0.5%, with 5,000 more people in work. This comes as the UK rate of unemployment fell by 0.2%, with 46,000 fewer people unemployed.

Severn Bridges report delayed

Welsh Conservatives today demanded to know why a major report into the economic impact of the Severn Bridge tolls has failed to be published. On 30th June 2010, the then Deputy First Minister Ieuan Wyn Jones announced the enquiry with a publication date of Spring 2011.

VIDEO: A Welsh Parliament

Leader of the Welsh Conservatives in the Assembly, Andrew RT Davies AM, explains why he's called for the National Assembly for Wales to be renamed the Welsh Parliament.

Time for a Welsh Parliament

Andrew RT Davies AM, Leader of the Welsh Conservative Group in the National Assembly for Wales, today called for the institution to be renamed the Welsh Parliament. Read an essay by Mr Davies here and watch him explain his call on video here.