Thursday 18 October 2018

Former Welsh government minister dies one week after he is sacked following personal conduct allegations

File photo of Carl Sargeant Photo: Benjamin Wright/PA Wire
File photo of Carl Sargeant Photo: Benjamin Wright/PA Wire
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Former Welsh government minister Carl Sargeant has died just days after being sacked from his role and suspended from the Labour Party over allegations about his personal conduct.

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 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 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."

A spokeswoman for North Wales Police said: "We are investigating an incident at an address in Connah's Quay.

"There are no further details available at present. We will provide an update in due course."

Anyone affected by issues in this story can contact the Samaritans freephone line on 116 123 or Pieta House on 1800 247 247

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