- On 16 April 2012, as one of twelve bookings requested bythe AM‟s office to the MBST, accommodation was arranged for the nights of Monday 23 & Tuesday 24 April 2012 at the St David‟s Hotel, Cardiff Bay. No issue is raised as to the propriety of such booking.
- The AM duly checked in to the hotel on 23 April shortlyafter 7.00 p.m. and was given room 408. He subsequently left the hotel later that evening.
- The AM returned to the hotel at about 4.45am on 24 April with a female and both went to room 408. At this time the AM was adversely affected by alcohol.
- Shortly thereafter both the female and the AM contacted hotel reception requesting that 2 bottles of wine be sent to the room. After some discussion, this was done - the AM authorised his credit card to be debited.
- Thereafter, between 05.30 and 08.30am the hotel reception received a number of complaints from adjoining rooms of the noise emanating from room 408 and from its balcony, which included loud shouting and swearing.
- Telephone calls to room 408 and face to face visits by hotel staff seeking to get the AM and his companion to reduce the noise and consequent disturbance to other hotel occupants were met with abuse and threats, particularly from the female, and an indication from the AM that he did not intend to pay the bill.
- The AM booked out of the hotel at about 12 noon while the female made foul mouthed detrimental comments about the hotel from the first floor landing. This was witnessed by the numerous hotel guests then present in the lobby.
- The AM left the hotel alone.
Thursday, 10 May 2012
What next for censured AM
Yesterday my attention was on the Queens speech, so the little local difficulty of the AM for Llanelli took second place in my list of priorities.
My view on the matter was documented in the blog that followed the first news of Mr Davies’s big night out. http://ogarethhughes.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/night-on-town.html
But to update readers, here's the latest. Yesterday the Standards committee produced their report on the matter. It will be debated in Assembly's main session next Wednesday.
After complaints from the St David’s Hotel to the Clerk of the National Assembly asked the independent Commissioner for Standards, Gerard Elias QC to investigate and report back to the committee on Standards of Conduct.
Just to recap these are the facts that Elias reported to the committee.
Keith Davies accepted the facts and apologised for his behaviour on the night concerned and wrote a letter of apology to the hotel. He also picked up the bill for his stay at the hotel.
To cut a long story short the report went to the committee who unanimously recommend that the Member should be “censured.”
So there you have it a slap over the wrists and end of story. Or is it?
The report poses a challenge to the Labour Party itself. The ball is now very much in their court. Did the AMs behaviour bring the party into disrepute? And if so what is the party going to do about it?