Plaid AM Bethan Jenkins censured by National Assembly
A MOTION to censure Plaid AM Bethan Jenkins has been passed in the Senedd.
A National Assembly Standards Committee report before members unanimously called for the action to be taken against the South Wales West member.
It followed the investigation of a complaint against Ms Jenkins who was convicted for drink-driving last month.
The report said there had been a personal breach of the code of conduct.
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However, the AM was not in the chamber while the motion was passed.
Speaking in the Senedd today, fellow South Wales West member, Lib Dem Peter Black said she should have been there to apologise to AMs.
"The report before us today is very serious," he said.
"Last time a member stood before us and apologised, but the subject of this report is not in this chamber."
He called for her to apologise as she had done to her party.
Plaid AM Jocelyn Davies told members Miss Davies had travelled to London with Visteon pensioners for the fourth time and had sought permission to be absent before the matter was tabled.
She said if members wanted to delay the motion until Ms Jenkins could stand before them, Plaid would support that.
However, Standards Committee chairman Mick Antoniw, said the report should carry.
National Assembly Presiding Officer Rosemary Butler asked members wether there were any objections. There were not.
Mrs Butler said: "The motion is agreed in accordance with Standing orders."
She added: "I hope Bethan Jenkins will reflect on this debate."
The Neath-based Plaid AM appeared in court in February to admit being almost two and a half times the drink drive limit.
She had been at a friend's 40th birthday party the evening before she was stopped by police. Ms Jenkins was banned from the road for 20 months.
A spokeswoman on behalf of the Plaid Cymru Assembly group said: "The Plaid Cymru group in the Assembly fully accepts the findings of the report compiled by the Standards Committee.
"Bethan Jenkins has apologised for her actions, and the disciplinary process has now come to an end."