CONSERVATIVE Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock paid a visit to St Asaph.

The politician visited the region last week to lend his support to Welsh Conservative Vale of Clwyd candidate Dr James Davies.

He spent time speaking to residents about the health service as well as other issues.

Dr Davies, a GP, was previously a junior doctor at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd.

Speaking after the meet up, he said: "The health service is devolved in Wales and Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board has been in special measures for four years, meaning it is under the direct control of the Welsh Labour Government. It is important that UK Government is fully aware of the disparity between services here and elsewhere in the UK.

"I have a good understanding of the reasons why the NHS is struggling so much locally and want to be in a position to help bring about change."

Mr Hancock worked with Dr Davies during his time as MP between 2015 - 2017.

"When we put big increases in the health funding in England, we pass a fair share of that money over to Wales but Welsh Government has not put it all of this money into the NHS as intended and therefore spending hasn’t gone up as much in Wales as it has in England," Mr Hancock said.

"The issues with the NHS are not solely down to investment, it is often a management issue. We are pushing hard in England for the use of modern technology which has not really happened in Wales."

The following candidates are standing in the Vale of Clwyd constituency: Peter Christopher Dain is standing for the Brexit Party; James Michael Davies is the candidate for the Welsh Conservatives; Chris Ruane is the candidate for Welsh Labour; Gavin Christopher Scott is the parliamentary candidate for the Welsh Liberal Democrats and Glenn Swingler is the candidate for Plaid Cymru - The Party of Wales.

Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn returned to Colwyn Bay over the weekend. Mr Corbyn held one of three ‘barnstorming’ rallies at the town’s Leisure Centre on Sunday in support of Clwyd West candidate Joanne Thomas, of Ruthin, who is standing for Welsh Labour.