The party leaders in the Assembly, together with the Presiding Officer, have announced a crackdown on any sexual harassment or other inappropriate behaviour by Assembly Members. There will be a presumption that all complaints will be referred to the Assembly's Standards Commissioner, rather than left to political parties, as when complaints against the late Carl Sargeant were referred to the Labour Party by the First Minister.
The leaders and Presiding Officer agreed that as a first practical step, a Respect and Dignity Policy will spell out that inappropriate behaviour has no place in the Assembly. AMs will be asked to vote to make the policy part of their code of conduct. There will also be a review of the penalties for breaking the code.
Assembly employees and AMs' support staff can already call a 24 hour confidential telephone support line but the party leaders say they accept that more should be done to make reporting a complaint easier. The Presiding Officer will also ask the Standards Commissioner to review how the political parties’ policies and procedures can be brought into line with the Assembly’s new Respect and Dignity Policy.
Steps will also be taken to extend the crackdown so that it doesn't only cover Assembly Members but also the conduct of Welsh Government employees, Assembly employees and AMs' support staff.
The leaders and the Presiding Officer have accepted that it is their responsibility to make sure that the Assembly is a safe environment for everyone who works there, as well as visitors and anyone else who has dealings with AMs or employees.
UKIP Wales leader Neil Hamilton has also issued his own statement, setting out the basis on which he agreed to a joint statement with Carwyn Jones, Andrew RT Davies, Leanne Wood and Elin Jones.