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Former Welsh minister Carl Sargeant dies

Words: Laura Edgar
Carl Sargeant | National Assembly for Wales

Former Welsh communities secretary Carl Sargeant has been found dead four days after it was announced that his personal conduct was to be investigated.

According to media outlets including BBC Wales, it is thought Sargeant, 49, took his own life.

Yesterday (6 November), The Planner reported that Sargeant had been suspended from the Labour Party and an investigation launched into his behaviour.

Following this, Welsh First Minsiter Carwyn Jones said a number of alleged incidents with women had come to light involving Sargeant, who was the AM for Alyn and Deeside.

Sargeant, who had a wife and two children, had called for an “urgent” investigation by Welsh Labour in order for him to clear his name.

North Wales Police Supt Mark Pierce said: “At approximately 11.30am today, Tuesday 7 November, North Wales Police were called to a report that the body of a man had been found at an address in Connah’s Quay.

“The man has been formally identified as local AM Carl Sargeant. His next of kin have been informed and police are supporting the family.

“North Wales Police are not treating his death as suspicious and the matter has been referred to HM Coroner.

“The family request that their privacy is respected at this sad time.”

Elin Jones AM, presiding officer of the National Assembly for Wales, said: “I am deeply shocked and saddened to hear of the death of Carl Sargeant AM. He served the people of Alyn and Deeside with pride and determination and he made an enormous contribution to the development of this democratic institution.

“As a mark of respect to Carl, there will be no Assembly business today. We will all want to gather our thoughts before paying proper tribute to him over the coming days. 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.”

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