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Potholes up 127% in 10 years

The number of potholes on our roads rocketed by an average 127 per cent between 2000 and 2010. Figures obtained by the Welsh Conservatives show Wales saw a jump in the number of potholes, or other “visual defects”, that was over three times higher than in England.

Dismay as Red Tape Forces Sale of Council Estate

Brynle Williams AM, Shadow Minister for Rural Affairs, has today written to the Welsh Assembly Government after Flintshire County Council confirmed to him that the £1million cost of complying with Nitrate Vulnerable Zone (NVZ) regulations is forcing them to sell-off their council-owned farms.

Labour can’t even convince coalition partners on school reform

Commenting on this afternoon’s remarks by Plaid Cymru’s Education Spokesperson that Labour’s coalition partners are only “happy with some elements” of Leighton Andrews’ proposals for schools, Paul Davies AM, Shadow Minister for Education, said:

Welsh Conservatives launch new website

Thank you for your support at the last election. Because of you, David Cameron is the first Conservative Prime Minister in 13 years and the Government’s plans to build a strong economy and a big society are in full swing. Now, to help us communicate with you, we've launched this new local website.

Labour’s incompetence on NHS funding exposed

Bungled Labour Party plans to attack NHS cuts in Wales – where Labour is in power – have been leaked to the Conservatives. The plans, set out in a letter from Shadow Health Secretary John Healey, ask Labour MPs to issue press releases for England, Scotland and Wales criticising the funding settlement for the NHS.

NHS scrutiny hampered by limited data

After being challenged by the Leader of the Welsh Conservatives, the First Minister has promised discussions with WAG statisticians on NHS data that currently remains unavailable. More than 50 written questions on the NHS - tabled by the Welsh Conservatives over the last year - have not been answered.

No clarification on trade union council tax involvement

The Minister for Local Government has refused to give immediate clarification on the extent to which trade unions will be involved in the setting of council tax. Questioned by Shadow Minister Jonathan Morgan AM, Carl Sergeant declined a verbal response and suggested only a written answer.

Rail strike “disruptive” & “unfair”

Commenting on the RMT’s announcement of a train drivers’ strike on Friday February 4th, on the day of Wales' opening Six Nations match against England, Shadow Minister for Transport Darren Millar AM said: “The RMT Union should not take its grievances out on passengers, nor should it be a killjoy for a major sporting event.

“Shambolic” ambulance response times

Commenting on figures showing that the Assembly Government missed its target for ambulances responding to life-threatening calls within eight minutes in December 2010, Shadow Minister for Health Nick Ramsay AM said, “These figures are a shambolic indictment of just how bad the situation facing the Welsh NHS has become.

WAG must act on Wrexham-London rail link

Commenting on proposals by the Wrexham, Shropshire and Marylebone Railway to cease the Wrexham – London direct rail link from Friday, Shadow Minister for Transport Darren Millar AM said: “The cancellation of this train service will come as a huge blow to regular users of this service."