Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Corbyn in Shock at Minister's Death

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Corbyn in Shock at Minister's Death

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SENIOR politician Carl Sargeant has been found dead just days after being sacked from his Welsh Government role and suspended from the Labour Party over allegations about his personal conduct. The Welsh Assembly member, 49, who was removed from his cabinet post following allegations from a number of women, is understood to have taken his own life.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said the death was "terrible and deeply shocking" while his deputy Tom Watson said it was a "tragedy beyond words".

Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones, who sacked Mr Sargeant on November 3, said he was "shocked and deeply saddened".

Police were called to his home in Connah's Quay, in Mr Sargeant's Alyn and Deeside seat, at 11.30am yesterday following a report that a body had been found. Mr Sargeant was married to Bernie and they had two children, Lucy and Jack.

In a statement, the family said: "Carl was a much loved husband, father and friend. 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."

Mr Sargeant was told about the existence of allegations against him by Mr Jones last week but had not been given details about the claims.

He described the allegations as "shocking and distressing" and he had hoped for an urgent 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 told ITV News: "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. …

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