Welsh leader found dead days after conduct allegations

Welsh government minister Carl Sargeant was found dead on Tuesday following an apparent suicide, days after several women accused him of improper conduct.

Carl Sargeant, former Welsh cabinet minister, was found dead of an apparent suicide, just days after allegations of improper personal conduct. Photo courtesy of National Assembly for Wales
Carl Sargeant, former Welsh cabinet minister, was found dead of an apparent suicide, just days after allegations of improper personal conduct. Photo courtesy of National Assembly for Wales

Sargeant represented Wales’ Alyn and Deeside constituency. North Wales police said on Tuesday the death is not being treated as suspicious, and that it is believed to be a suicide.

Sargeant, 49, was Wales’ cabinet secretary for communities and children until last week, when the Labour Party suspended him over accusations of misconduct.

Sargeant said he was told “allegations had been made about my personal conduct, which was shocking and distressing to me. The details of the allegations have yet to be disclosed to me.”

He added that he sought an independent investigation to clear his name.

Details of Sargeant’s alleged improper personal conduct were not revealed.

Jones said Monday he was “aware of a number of incidents at the beginning of last week” and asked his office to speak to women involved.

“As a result of those conversations I felt I had no choice but to refer the matter to the party,” he said.

By Ed Adamczyk