The Assembly's standards of conduct committee has recommended that the Labour AM for Llanelli Keith Davies is censured for an incident in a Cardiff hotel. He admitted that he was adversely affected by drink and accompanied by a woman who was with him 'for the purpose of further indulging in drink'.
AMs will decide next week whether to pass the censure motion. The committee concluded that it was not a case where there was the power to suspend Mr Davies from sitting in the Assembly.
The First Minister has said there will be a thorough investigation into how a Labour Assembly Member got into an argument with staff at a Cardiff hotel.
The incident involving Llanelli AM Keith Davies is being looked into by the Assembly's Standards Commissioner.
At his monthly news conference, Carwyn Jones confirmed to our Political Editor Adrian Masters that, if need be, the case will also be examined by his party.
Welsh Labour has issued the following brief statement:
We take any issue relating to the conduct of Labour Assembly Members seriously, and the Chief Whip will investigate fully.
An Assembly spokesperson confirms that the Clerk of the Assembly has been made aware of the incident involving Llanelli AM Keith Davies and has referred the matter to the Independent Standards Commissioner. Here's the full statement.
Assembly Commission staff support Assembly Members on a daily basis in relation to their accommodation needs whilst in Cardiff on Assembly business. The Clerk of the Assembly has been made aware of an alleged incident involving an Assembly Member relating to accommodation provided at public expense.
Although no formal complaint has been received by the Clerk of the Assembly in relation to the alleged incident, she is required, by section 9 of the National Assembly for Wales Commissioner for Standards Measure 2009, to refer the matter to the Assembly’s independent Commissioner for Standards for investigation. It would not be appropriate for the Commission to make any further comment on the matter until that investigation has been completed.
St. David's Hotel says it will make no comment on reports of an argument involving Assembly Member Keith Davies and hotel staff, adding that 'we never comment on anything involving guests.'
ITV Wales understands that Labour's Chief Whip in the Assembly has been informed about an incident involving the Llanelli AM Keith Davies. It's understood that Mr Davies was involved in an argument with staff at the St David's hotel early yesterday morning.
The Assembly reserves rooms at the hotel for AMs from outside the Cardiff area. Mr Davies, who narrowly won Llanelli for Labour last year, had earlier been at a party organised by a political lobbyist.