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MONMOUTH CONSERVATIVES FIRE GENERAL ELECTION STARTING GUN WITH CAMPAIGN LAUNCH

WELSH Conservatives have officially launched their campaign to try to retain the Monmouth constituency at next month’s general election.

Parliamentary candidate David Davies was joined by members and activists on Saturday at Croesyceiliog Cricket and Rugby Club. The 46 year-old father-of-three aims to be re-elected for a fourth successive time, using the recent council election results as a springboard for further gains.

While the constituency boundaries for Westminster are slightly different, including 10,000 voters living in Torfaen, Mr Davies is hoping to capitalise on the rise in local support after the Conservatives won outright control of Monmouthshire County Council.

“The first duty of an MP is to be a champion for the constituency and this has always been a priority for me,” said Mr Davies, who was first elected to Parliament in 2005.

“I have held regular advice surgeries, taken up hundreds of cases for individuals and been active on many local campaigns, such as cutting Severn Bridge tolls.

“The key battleground for this general election is going to be Brexit. We are about to begin a complex series of talks with EU officials in Brussels. The decision for the British people is whether they want these negotiations to be led by Theresa May or Jeremy Corbyn.”

Mr Davies said getting the right Brexit deal for the UK was “vitally important” but there were other issues facing the country, such as controlling immigration, maintaining an adequate defence system, continuing to reduce government borrowing and keeping down taxes.

“The Labour-run Welsh Government is responsible for schools and hospitals in Wales but the Conservative government in England has already shown how to lower waiting lists and increase the number of students getting good grades at GCSE and A-Level,” he added.

“June 8 will be a political milestone and every single vote in every seat will help give Theresa May the mandate she needs to negotiate from a strong position with the rest of the EU, delivering a historic new deal for the United Kingdom.”

USK CANCER CAMPAIGNERS RECEIVE BACKING FROM ENGLAND’S HEALTH SECRETARY  

HEALTH Secretary Jeremy Hunt has given his backing to an Usk cancer patient fighting for fairer access to treatment.

Mr Hunt, who oversees the NHS in England, was on the campaign trail in Monmouthshire last week.

During a visit to Usk Conservative Club, he met 76 year-old Ann Wilkinson. She has been diagnosed with bowel cancer and battled to obtain the life-prolonging drug Avastin – which is available to patients in England – after a funding application was turned down by Aneurin Bevan Health Board.

L-R Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Monmouth David Davies, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, Julie McGowan, Nick Ramsay AM and Ann Wilkinson.

L-R Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Monmouth David Davies, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, Julie McGowan, Nick Ramsay AM and Ann Wilkinson.

The Labour-led Welsh Government has a “fundamental misunderstanding” about the NHS in Wales, said Mr Hunt.

“The reason I’ve talked about the Welsh Government is that in the House of Commons Ed Miliband is constantly saying only Labour know how to run the NHS and he’s completely ignoring what’s happening in a country run by Labour,” he said.

“Labour have got a fundamental misunderstanding about the NHS. They think that if everyone can have access to an NHS hospital or GP it’s enough, because before you couldn’t.

“But actually for me, the point of the NHS isn’t that everyone can get to see a doctor: it’s that you get good quality healthcare.”

Mrs Wilkinson is being supported by family friend and Usk author Julie McGowan, who set up a petition calling for cancer patients in Wales to get the same treatment as those in England. It was signed by nearly 100,000 people and presented to 10 Downing Street in November alongside fellow supporters from the One Voice for Wales campaign.

The same petition was delivered to Monmouth AM Nick Ramsay on the steps of the Senedd in Cardiff Bay earlier that month. Labour politicians refused to accept it or meet with campaigners, with Health Minister Mark Drakeford telling AMs the Welsh Government has “no intention” of creating a Cancer Drugs Fund.

Such a fund was set up in England in 2010 and is currently worth £280m a year.

Mrs McGowan said:

“The problem is that because the Welsh Government won’t listen to any petition verbally or written, or any move we make, it’s difficult to know what to do next.”

David Davies, Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Monmouth, said the campaign will continue and “fighting for our Welsh NHS” remains one of his top priorities.

WELSH SECRETARY GIVES BACKING TO TOWN OF FLOWERS

USK in Bloom hosted a special visit from Welsh Secretary Stephen Crabb to highlight the three decades of gardening floral excellence that has gained Usk the reputation as the ‘Town of Flowers’.

After a presentation of ‘In Bloom’ work, Mr Crabb met with volunteers on Thursday morning (16th April) to discuss the projects they are undertaking for 2015.

He then joined David Davies, Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Monmouth, to plant a plum tree in the new community orchard at the Sessions House.

Secretary of State for Wales Stephen Crabb plants a fruit tree assisted by Tony Kear (centre), chairman of Usk in Bloom, and Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Monmouth David Davies. Also present are Usk in Bloom volunteers.

Secretary of State for Wales Stephen Crabb plants a fruit tree assisted by Tony Kear (centre), chairman of Usk in Bloom, and Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Monmouth David Davies. Also present are Usk in Bloom volunteers.

In recognition of consistent performance, having won the Wales in Bloom small rural town category for 33 years in a row, Usk in Bloom has been nominated as the first ever Welsh community to compete for RHS Britain in Bloom’s most prestigious award – the Champion of Champions.

Usk is one of just six UK finalists and will battle for victory this summer against Bath, Truro, Norton in Hales, Market Bosworth and Filby.

“I am very proud that Wales is setting such high standards and Usk in Bloom is at the forefront of this,” said Mr Crabb.

“It was a great pleasure to see what the community has achieved through hard work and congratulations must go the volunteers – past and present – who give their time in incredible quantities to ensure Usk’s crown as the ‘Town of Flowers’ does not slip.

“To be the first Welsh community chosen to enter the Champion of Champions competition is a wonderful accolade for Usk and I wish everyone involved the very best of luck.”

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Mr Davies added:

“It goes without saying that the work of the Usk in Bloom committee in the local community has been immeasurable in promoting the picturesque qualities of the town as a destination venue.

“Indeed, what a great privilege it was for Usk to be hand-picked to host a visit by the Duchess of Cornwall last year as part of RHS Britain in Bloom’s 50th anniversary celebrations. I was honoured to be present that day.

“There is no doubt in my mind that Usk is the best in Britain!”