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ISHERWOOD: AM LAUNCHES NO TO AV CAMPAIGN IN NORTH WALES PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 March 2011 09:46
  WELSH Conservative Assembly Member for North Wales, Mark Isherwood, launched the No to AV campaign in North Wales on Monday. 

He said: "I am delighted to have been part of the No to AV campaign's launch here in North Wales. Everybody across Wales and the rest of the UK has a right to know what AV will mean for them - a system which puts an end to the principle of one person, one vote in Westminster elections - a principle which is the bedrock of our UK democracy. We have a UK voting system which is fair, which gives equal weight to each and every vote. AV will put an end to this and would create a system where the candidate who comes second or third is declared the winner - how is that fair?"

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ISHERWOOD: “WALES NEEDS CHANGE” PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 March 2011 00:00
   SPEAKING in the last plenary session of term, North Wales Assembly Member Mark Isherwood stressed that with a new report on the Welsh economy out yesterday identifying low skill and entrepreneurism, lower business start-up rates, fewer foreign owned businesses and fewer exporters than England, Wales can’t carry on as it is. Speaking in the Welsh Conservative debate on the Welsh economy, Mr Isherwood highlighted that billions have been blown on keeping Wales at the bottom of the UK economic league table - delivering less for more.He said:  “It’s time for a new voice, it’s time for a change.”Mr Isherwood added: “The gulf between richest and poorest is at its widest since the Second World War. “Wales has the highest child poverty levels and the lowest economic activity levels in the UK.

“Wales has had the poorest figures for GVA wealth creation amongst the devolved UK nations and English regions since 1998 – west Wales and the Valleys, including four north Wales counties, has the lowest GDP per capita amongst all UK regions, now poorer than some parts of Eastern Europe.”

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ISHERWOOD: AM RAISES CONCERNS REGARDING FUTURE OF EPILEPSY WALES PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 March 2011 00:00
  A NORTH Wales Assembly Member has raised concerns that a charity providing vital support for people with Epilepsy could run out of money in eight weeks’ time.In the last plenary session of the term yesterday,Welsh Conservative Mark Isherwood called on the Minister for Social Justice and Local Government, Carl Sargeant, to help safeguard the future of Epilepsy Wales.Speaking in the Assembly he said: "The all-Wales epilepsy forum coalition of third sector bodies, which supports people with epilepsy in Wales and which is holding an event in the Assembly as we speak, has expressed concern that no service level agreements with the partnerships are being signed off, and that Epilepsy Wales will run out of money in eight weeks’ time.

"Given that you represent two of the three delivery elements in this area, can you give this your attention to ensure not only that the appropriate support stays in place but that these vital charities and third sector bodies continue to deliver the professional services that are saving the public sector so much money?"

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ISHERWOOD: CONCERNS REGARDING FUTURE OF NORTH WALES STROKE SERVICES RAISED IN ASSEMBLY PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 25 March 2011 10:46
 CONCERNS regarding the closure of St Asaph’s HM Stanley Hospital and the transfer of stroke services to Glan Clwyd Hospital have been raised in the Assembly this week.Welsh Conservative AM, Mark Isherwood, has ben approached by constituents concerned that the transfer of services to the Bodelwyddan site will be detrimental to stroke patients. He consequently raised the issue with the Health Minister, Edwina Hart.

Speaking in the Chamber he stressed that many stroke patients in North Wales will have received in-patient and out-patient treatment at HM Stanley Hospital.

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ISHERWOOD: PROPOSED HOUSING (WALES) MEASURE IS “BAD LEGISLATION” PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 25 March 2011 10:37
 SHADOW Housing Minister, Mark Isherwood, has branded the proposed Housing (Wales) Measure, “bad legislation”, claiming it cannot deliver what it seeks. Speaking in the final stage debate on the proposed legislation, Mr Isherwood, Assembly Member for North Wales, said that it will not tackle the housing crisis in Wales.

Mr Isherwood regrets that his amendments to remove the elements relating to the temporary suspension of the right to buy from the proposed legislation were voted down.

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