AN MP suspended amidst an assault caution has not applied to rejoin Plaid Cymru, it has emerged.

Jonathan Edwards was arrested in May last year on suspicion of an assault against his wife.

He had the party whip withdrawn after being arrested at his home and was subsequently given a 12-month suspension from the party.

At the time, its disciplinary panel described the incident as a "serious matter" and said "any lifting of the suspension after 12 months is dependent upon Mr Edwards appearing before the panel to demonstrate that he has undertaken a period of self-reflection and learning to address his actions".

The suspension has now expired and Edwards, who remained in the Commons as an independent, says he has not applied to re-enter Plaid, something he'd have to do to remain a member of the party.

The MP for Carmarthen East and Dinefwr accepted a police caution in June, saying he was "deeply sorry" and referring to the incident as "by far the biggest regret of my life".

Plaid Cymru confirmed it has "not received a request by Mr Edwards to rejoin the party".

His spokesperson said he is "completely focused on the task of representing the constituents of Carmarthen East and Dinefwr to the best of his abilities, as he has done for the last 11 years".

In a statement last year, the MP's wife Emma Edwards said: "I have accepted my husband's apology.

"Throughout the decade we have been together he has been a loving and caring husband and father. As far as I am concerned the matter is now closed."