Apology: Bethan Jenkins


Bethan Jenkins gave a tearful apology to the assembly for drink driving at the beginning of plenary on 19 March 2013.

Liberal Democrat Peter Black had criticised Bethan Jenkins for failing to attend the assembly for the Standard's Committee's debate on her conduct on 13 March 2013.

The Plaid Cymru AM for South Wales West was convicted for drink driving following her arrest after being stopped in the early hours by police in Cardiff in October 2012.

Ms Jenkins was twice the legal drink-drive limit.

The 31-year-old was banned for 20 months for the drink-drive offence when she pleaded guilty before Cardiff magistrates in December 2012.

The Standards Committee report said that she should be censured for bringing the assembly into disrepute.

Ms Jenkins did not appeal the decision, but was not at the debate, choosing to accompany former workers of the Visteon car parts factory who claim they lost their pensions.

The assembly endorsed its recommendation.

Responding to the criticism of her non-attendance, she said: "I realised that I was likely to face criticism for my decision to go to London, but I was prepared to face that in order to support the Visteon pensioners, who I have been supporting for four years now in their campaign.

"I would like it put on record the apologies I have made to the public already, and to this Assembly through my statements to the Standards Committee."

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