Plaid Assembly Member to face standards investigation
The case of Plaid Cymru's Bethan Jenkins is to be looked at by the Assembly's Standards watchdog. The South Wales West AM was reinstated to her party's group in the Senedd this morning. She'd been suspended after being charged with drink-driving, a charge to which she later pleaded guilty.
An Assembly spokesman has confirmed her case will now be considered by the Standards Commissioner.
The matter is now in the hands of the Standards Commissioner and he will deal with it as appropriate.
– Assembly spokesman
The Commissioner will consider if there is a case to be answered and will report his findings to the Standards Committee which will in turn decide whether or not to investigate.
Plaid Cymru AM Bethan Jenkins has been reinstated to the party's group of Assembly members. The South Wales West AM had been suspended after she was charged with drink-driving in October and was banned for driving for 20 months after pleading guilty.
Following a meeting of Plaid's Assembly group this morning, its chair Alun Ffred Jones said:
Bethan has apologised publicly and this morning has apologised in full to Plaid Cymru AMs. Her suspension from the Assembly group has been lifted and she is a full member again. The group’s disciplinary process has now ended.
A Welsh Assembly Member who was more than twice the legal drink-drive limit has been banned from getting behind the wheel for 20 months. South Wales West AM Bethan Jenkins was stopped by police in Cardiff in October. Mariclare Carey-Jones reports.
Plaid Cymru has confirmed that South Wales West AM Bethan Jenkins remains suspended from the party's Assembly group following her guilty plea to a drink driving charge this morning.
Bethan Jenkins has pleaded guilty to the serious and irresponsible crime of driving whilst under the influence of alcohol. She is currently on sickness leave and her suspension from the group will continue until her return to work when the group will consider the matter further. In the meantime we will be making no further comment.
– Alun Ffred Jones AM, chair of the Plaid Cymru Assembly group
Bethan Jenkins was suspended from the Plaid group shortly after her arrest. She has since been absent from the Senedd while she is treated for depression. Her sickness leave is currently until the end of January, although she could return earlier.
When she returns, Plaid AMs will have to decide whether to reinstate her, extend her suspension for a further period or expel her completely. However, even without being in the Plaid Cymru group, she would be entitled to remain an Assembly Member, sitting as an independent.