Carl Sargeant, the Labour MP who was Welsh cabinet secretary for Communities and Children until his suspension last week, has been found dead. Sargeant had been suspended by Carwyn Jones, the Welsh First Minister, following a series of allegations about his personal life.
Sargeant’s family issued a statement saying:
“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 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”.
Jeremy Corbyn, the Leader of the Opposition, said on Twitter:
“I’m deeply shocked to hear of the terrible news about Carl Sargeant. My thoughts and profound sympathy are with his family and friends”.
The sitting of the Welsh Assembly that would have taken place this afternoon has been suspended as a mark of respect.