As­sem­bly gets back to busi­ness with tributes paid to late mem­ber

The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition) - - NEWS -

Tributes have been paid to for­mer Welsh Labour min­is­ter Carl Sargeant as for­mal busi­ness re­sumed at the Welsh As­sem­bly.

Mr Sargeant, 49, was found dead at his home four days af­ter be­ing re­moved from his role as cabi­net sec­re­tary for com­mu­ni­ties and chil­dren.

The fa­ther-of-two, from Con­nah’s Quay, North Wales, was sus­pended from the Labour Party over al­le­ga­tions of “un­wanted at­ten­tion, inappropriate touch­ing or grop­ing”.

His fam­ily and friends at­tended the Senedd, where a minute’s si­lence was held in Mr Sargeant’s mem­ory and tributes were paid from across po­lit­i­cal par­ties.

For­mal busi­ness at the As­sem­bly, which was sus­pended fol­low­ing Mr Sargeant’s death on November 7, re­sumed af­ter the tributes.

Pre­sid­ing of­fi­cer Elin Jones told the cham­ber: “His death has shaken us to our core and his ab­sence from our midst pains us today.”

Wales’ First Min­is­ter Car­wyn Jones de­scribed how he first met Mr Sargeant in 2001 and had “never had a cross word” with him since. “That was the man that we called Sarge,” he said.

Carl Sargeant.

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