SEX CLAIM LABOUR MIN­IS­TER FOUND DEAD

Midweek Sport - - NEWS - By COLIN HURST news@sun­daysport.co.uk

EX-Welsh Gov­ern­ment min­is­ter Carl Sargeant has been found dead just days af­ter be­ing sacked and sus­pended from the Labour Party over sex al­le­ga­tions.

A fam­ily state­ment said his rel­a­tives were “dev­as­tated be­yond words” at the loss of “the glue that bound us to­gether”.

Labour leader Jeremy Cor­byn said the death of the 49-year-old was “ter­ri­ble and deeply shock­ing news”.

Mr Sargeant, who is un­der­stood to have taken his own life, was a “much loved hus­band, fa­ther and friend”, a state­ment re­leased by the fam­ily said.

The state­ment said: “Carl 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.”

Mr Cor­byn said: “My thoughts and pro­found sym­pa­thy are with Carl’s fam­ily, friends and col­leagues.”

Alyn and Dee­side AM Mr Sargeant was sus­pended from party mem­ber­ship and “re­moved” from his role as Cab­i­net sec­re­tary for com­mu­ni­ties and chil­dren on Novem­ber 3.

Dis­tress­ing

He 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 de­scribed the al­le­ga­tions about his per­sonal con­duct “shock­ing and dis­tress­ing” and he had hoped for an in­ves­ti­ga­tion to give him the chance to clear his name.

On Mon­day, Mr Jones said he was forced to take ac­tion af­ter be­com­ing aware of “cer­tain in­ci­dents” with women al­legedly in­volv­ing Mr Sargeant.

He said: “My of­fice spoke to the women in­volved, as a re­sult of those dis­cus­sions I felt there was no choice other than to re­fer the mat­ter to my own party for fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion.”

The body of Mr Sargeant was found at his home in Con­nah’s Quay, Flintshire, on Tues­day morn­ing.

North Wales Po­lice are not treat­ing his death as sus­pi­cious.

AL­LEGED IN­CI­DENTS: Carl Sargeant had been sus­pended by Labour

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