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'Every day I ask the question' - Bethan Jenkins

In her first broadcast interview since being convicted of drink-driving, Bethan Jenkins has been telling me how she feels she let down her constituents, family and friends. She said she deeply regrets what happened and that she wasn't thinking rationally.

The Plaid Cymru AM was banned from driving for 20 months after pleading guilty to the charge last month. She was suspended by her party but has since been reinstated although she faces a further investigation by the Assembly's Standards Commissioner.

She tells me she hopes to continue as an Assembly Member and has been overwhelmed by support from constituents, support she didn't think she deserved. You can see my interview in tonight's Sharp End at 1035pm ITV Cymru Wales.

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Bethan Jenkins reinstated to Plaid Assembly group

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.