UK Labour politician accused of misconduct found dead

Angelica Greene
November 8, 2017

Former Welsh labour minister Carl Sargeant was found dead in an apparent suicide today, days after being sacked from the Cabinet over misconduct allegations.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn described his death as "terrible and deeply shocking news", while deputy leader Tom Watson said his "thoughts and prayers are with Carl Sargeant's family right now".

"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 wrote to Welsh Labour's General Secretary requesting an urgent independent investigation "which would allow me to clear my name".

Sargeant, Wales's cabinet secretary for communities and children, had agreed to step down while an investigation was conducted into the allegations. He was sacked on Friday following allegations about his "personal conduct".

Supt Mark Pierce from North Wales Police said: "At approximately 11.30am today North Wales Police were called to a report that the body of a man had been found at an address in Connah's Quay". North Wales Police said they were not treating his death as suspicious.

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"Carl was a much loved husband, father and friend".

"The details of the allegations have yet to be disclosed to me". "We are devastated beyond words, and we know our grief will be shared by all those who knew and loved him".

"He was somebody I became very friendly with in the Welsh Assembly during my time there, and it will be shocking to everyone he has worked with", said Mr Davies.

In a statement Mr Sargeant's family said: "Carl was a much loved husband, father and friend".

"On behalf of all the members and those who work at the National Assembly for Wales, I would like to express my deepest sympathy to his family and colleagues", she added.

Carwyn Jones said he was "shocked and deeply saddened."

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