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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 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:
Plaid Cymru Assembly Members will consider this morning whether or not to allow Bethan Jenkins to return to the group. The AM for Mid and West Wales was suspended after being charged with drink-driving and she was banned from driving for 20 months after pleading guilty at Cardiff magistrates court.
Plaid's leader Leanne Wood confirmed that the group will discuss what action it should take next when it meets this morning. A statement will be issued immediately afterwards.
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 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.
The District Judge Bodfan Jenkins acknowledged the defendant's genuine remorse as well as her early guilty plea.
Jenkins was fined £750, as well as ordered to pay a £75 victim surcharge and £85 in costs.
If she successfully completes a driver rehabilitation course, her 20-month disqualification will be reduced by five months.
Following the outcome of today's hearing, Jenkins said she was deeply sorry.
Bethan Jenkins AM has been banned from driving for 20 months after Cardiff Magistrates found she had been more than twice over the legal drink-drive limit.
The South Wales West AM was stopped by police in Cardiff at 1.30am on October 14 after driving 'erratically'. She had been at a friend's 40th birthday party the evening before.
The court was told that, rather than stay at her friend's address in the Welsh capital, she instead decided to drive back to her parents' home.
Prosecutor Ian Dawes said when officers pulled over Jenkins' car she was wearing pyjama bottoms and a hooded top.
A blood test gave a reading of 194 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood. The legal limit is 80.
The 30-year-old was suspended from her party, Plaid Cymru, following the incident.
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