Ex-minister found dead days after conduct allegations surface
FORMER Welsh government minister Carl Sargeant was found dead yesterday days after being sacked when the Labour Party received “shocking and distressing” allegations about his personal conduct.
Mr Sargeant, who is understood to have taken his own life, was a “much loved husband, father and friend,” a statement released by his family said.
The statement said: “He wasn’t simply a part of our family. He was the glue that bound us together. He was the heart of our family. We loved him so very much.
“He was the most kind and caring husband, father, son and friend.
“We are devastated beyond words and we know our grief will be shared by all those who knew and loved him.
“We are in shock and grief. We ask that our privacy is respected at this time.”
The Alyn & Deeside Assembly Member was removed from his role as cabinet secretary for communities and children in Cardiff Bay on November 3 following suspension from the party.
He had said he was told about the existence of the allegations against him by First Minister Carwyn Jones but had not been given details about the claims.
Mr Sargeant, 48, described the allegations about his conduct “shocking and distressing” and he had hoped for an urgent investigation to give him the chance to clear his name.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said: “This is terrible and deeply shocking news.
“My thoughts and profound sympathy are with Carl’s family, friends and colleagues.”
Mr Jones said: “Carl was a friend as well as a colleague, and I am shocked and deeply saddened by his death.
“He made a big contribution to Welsh public life and fought tirelessly for those he represented both as a minister and as a local assembly member.
“He will be a great loss both to our party and to the Senedd.”
Mr Jones told ITV News on Monday that he was forced to take action against Mr Sargeant following allegations of “certain incidents” with women.
Business at the Welsh Assembly was suspended yesterday as a mark of respect. He is survived by his wife and two children.
Superintendent Mark Pierce of North Wales Police said the force are not treating his death as suspicious and have referred the case to the coroner.