Suspended Neath-based AM Bethan Jenkins back with Plaid after full apology
SOUTH Wales West AM Bethan Jenkins has apologised in full to her fellow Plaid Cymru colleagues about her drink-driving conviction.
The party has now lifted its suspension on the Neath-based Assembly Member who was banned from getting behind the wheel for 20 months in December.
Miss Jenkins was stopped by police in Cardiff at 1.30am on October 14 after officers saw her driving erratically.
Cardiff Magistrates' Court heard that the 31-year-old — who pleaded guilty — was two times over the drink-drive limit.
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The court heard that a blood test gave a reading of 194 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood. The legal limit is 80.
The chair of the Plaid Cymru Assembly group, Alun Ffred Jones, yesterday said Miss Jenkins's suspension had now ended.
"Bethan has apologised publicly and this morning has apologised in full to Plaid Cymru AMs," he said.
"Her suspension from the Assembly group has been lifted and she is a full member again.
"The group's disciplinary process has now ended."
Miss Jenkins was elected as a Plaid AM for South Wales West in 2007 and was the party spokeswoman for Heritage, Language and Sport, a position she resigned following her arrest. A spokesman for Miss Jenkins said no decision had been taken yet on any specific roles, or when she would be returning to any of the Assembly's committees.
In a statement, following Miss Jenkins' court appearance, she said: "On this occasion, I fell well below the standards I expect of myself and I therefore fully accept the judge's decision in this matter.
"This has been a difficult period, in which I've begun to come to terms with depression for the first time."