Even her strongest supporters would admit that a 20 month driving ban makes the the political future of Bethan Jenkins look exceedingly bleak. Any residual sympathy that might have arisen over a momentary lapse brought on by depression was badly undermined by courtroom revelations of how Plaid AM was driving barefoot, twice the legal limit and wearing pyjama bottoms when stopped by police.
Other parties have so far been muted in their condemnation. This is because their own ranks include instances of drunken assaults on paramedics, uproar in five-star hotels and committee chairmen being reported as missing in action. Plaid's hierarchy however is said to be a lot less understanding and moves that have already sidelined the Wales South West regional member are expected to be compounded in the new year.
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