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.
– Alun Ffred Jones AM, chair of the Plaid Cymru Assembly group
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.
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.