Assembly election campaign launched

Welsh Conservatives have launched their campaign for the 2011 Assembly elections.
At an event following the last Plenary session of this Assembly term, the Party has unveiled its New Voice Card, setting out eight key pledges:

Creation of a North Wales Minister

Welsh Conservatives have announced a commitment to appoint an Assembly Minister with responsibility for North Wales. Making a keynote speech in Llandudno, the Party’s Leader in the Assembly pledged to give the region’s communities and businesses a far greater voice within the Assembly.

WAG must bring forward manufacturing strategy

Following the publication of the Manufacturing Forum's vision for the future of the industry, Welsh Conservatives have called for the urgent release of WAG's long promised manufacturing strategy.

£1200 a day on empty offices

The cost of running empty office space across the WAG estate is currently over £1200 a day. That’s according to figures obtained by the Welsh Conservatives. The total amount of vacant space within the Assembly Government’s administrative estate stands at 1,817 square metres.

Wales Office is "pivotal" for future

The Leader of the Welsh Conservatives in the Assembly has emphasized the importance of the Wales Office and the crucial part it has to play in delivering a fair future for the country. Nick Bourne AM has highlighted the “pivotal” role of the Secretary of State and stressed the significance of the UK Government’s decision to review the way Wales is funded.

3,641% rise in patients waiting over 36 weeks for treatment

Welsh Conservatives today expressed anger at figures showing Welsh patients waiting more than nine months for NHS treatment. Figures out this morning show the number of patients waiting more than 36 weeks for treatment has risen by an astonishing 13,631% in the last 12 months, while the number waiting between 26 and 36 weeks has risen by 530% to 18,505.

90,000 rodent-related ‘visits’

Local authority pest controllers made nearly 90,000 rodent-related visits across Wales during 2009/10, following nearly 42,000 calls for help.  That’s an average of well over a hundred calls every day of the year.