Labour drop inquiry into Carl Sargeant allegations

Ceria Alfonso
Diciembre 7, 2017

Meanwhile Labour has said inappropriate behaviour by former Welsh Labour minister Carl Sargeant towards women will not be investigated by the party.

The Alyn and Deeside AM was dismissed as cabinet secretary for communities and children on November 3.

He said Labour received an initial complaint on the same day and "was waiting for the formal statement to send to Mr Sargeant when the tragic news reached us of his passing".

In a letter to the Sargeant family's solicitor, Labour general secretary Iain McNicol wrote said "it is no longer possible to take forward any investigation under our procedures and therefore the Labour Party deems its investigation closed".

Labour followed its procedures at all times, Mr McNicol added, and did not "confer or assume on any individual".

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John Gittins, Senior Coroner for North Wales, giving details at the opening of the inquest into Mr Sargeant's death, continued: "Nonetheless she did go in and found her husband on the floor after an apparent act of self-harm".

A provisional cause of death was given as hanging.

Bernie Attridge said he does not want to stand but says that will "depend on who the Welsh Labour candidate is".

Parallels have also been drawn between how the First Minister, an experienced barrister, has handled "due process" - sacking Mr Sergeant before an investigation had taken place, and those set by Theresa May over Damian Green MP who is being investigated over allegations of inappropriate conduct but has remained in position as a Secretary of State.

The Welsh Government has ordered an inquiry into how Carwyn Jones handled the allegations against Carl Sargeant.

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