Action and support required for wheelchair users

Welsh Conservatives will today call for urgent improvements to wheelchair services in Wales. During an opposition debate the group will call for immediate efforts to tackle waiting times and the initial provision of wheelchairs, particularly for children.

Schmallenberg awareness must be improved

Welsh Conservatives have called on the Welsh Government to improve awareness and understanding of the Schmallenberg virus within rural communities and the farming industry. Asking an urgent question on the issue in the Senedd this afternoon, the Leader of the Welsh Conservatives in the Assembly also requested an update on the risk presented to Wales by the virus.

No government commitment to Cardiff-America air link

The First Minister has today refused to commit to a Cardiff-USA direct air link within this Assembly term. Asked which airport he will shortly be using to fly to America, Carwyn Jones replied ‘Probably Heathrow’.

Labour must respond to decline in inward investment

Welsh Conservatives will tomorrow call on the Welsh Government to address the series of failings identified in a critical report into declining levels of inward investment in Wales. Last week’s report by the Welsh Affairs Select Committee concluded there has been a “lack of focus on marketing Wales overseas from the Welsh Government.” 

FM's Brussels visit 'full of empty words and hypocrisy'

Welsh Conservatives have criticised Carwyn Jones’ visit to Brussels as ‘full of empty words and hypocrisy’. The First Minister said he wants to distinguish Wales’ approach from the UK Government because of what he called “harsh rhetoric” from EU critics. This comment comes even after the First Minister said in a speech at the end of a European Programmes debate in the Assembly on Tuesday January 10th that “I probably would’ve vetoed.”

Welsh Conservatives Rally

Welsh Conservatives will put the local elections into focus at a campaign rally in North Wales on Sunday. A day-long event designed to give party members the tools they need to fight a successful election campaign will be staged at the Optic Technium in St Asaph on Sunday March 25th.

Teacher complaint guidelines must be published urgently

Welsh Conservatives have backed calls from the Children’s Commissioner to publish new guidance on teacher complaints ‘as a matter of urgency’. The call follows BBC Wales figures that show ‘over half of accusations made against teachers and teaching assistants by pupils in Wales turned out to be false, malicious or unfounded’.

Shadow Minister meets UK Culture Minister

Welsh Conservative policy director Suzy Davies AM has met the UK Culture Minister in Cardiff to discuss broadcasting in Wales. Ed Vaizey MP was in Wales to meet with senior figures in the sector and discuss the role it plays in the Welsh economy and culture.

Thousands not treated in time at A&E

8,283 patients spent longer than four hours in accident and emergency departments across Wales in January, and 2,555 were not treated within the ultimate target of eight hours.That’s according to the most recent statistics published by the Welsh Government. The figures show a drop in performance in both targets on the previous month.

Peacocks saved but at a price

Commenting on the news that Cardiff-based clothing retailer Peacocks has been bought by Edinburgh Woollen Mill, safeguarding 6,000 jobs, but making 3,100 employees redundant, Nick Ramsay AM, Shadow Minister for Business, Enterprise, Technology & Science, said: “While I am pleased that the future of many Peacocks stores has been secured, this has come at a price. It is to be welcomed that 6,000 jobs have been protected, although this will be of little comfort to the employees who have lost their jobs."