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Sargeant's lawyer said First Minister prejudiced inquiry

Following Carl Sargeant's death yesterday, his family have released an email and a letter that his solicitor sent to the Labour party. In the email he complained about what First Minister Carwyn Jones had said in television interviews on Monday.

In those interviews he has indicated he became “aware of a number of incidents at the beginning of last week”. He says “I asked my office to speak to those women involved who had provided detail of those incidents. As a result of those conversations I felt I had no choice but to refer the matter to the party.

In the light of the correspondence with Mr Sargeant on Friday this is clearly prejudicing what is allegedly an independent enquiry ... It would seem that already a large number of people have spoken to the complainant or complainants yet we still have received no disclosure of the complaint or complainants.

On Friday the First Minister of Wales advised our client he could not provide details of the complaint or complainants other than that his special advisor ... had spoken to the complainant or complainants to verify the complaint.

There appears to be a very real possibility that the evidence of the witnesses is being manipulated and numerous conversations with the witnesses by various members of the First Ministers Office at the very least must create uncertainties about the credibility of any evidence in due course.

– Email to the Labour Party for Carl Sargeant's solicitor

In the letter, the solicitor says he'd been led to believe that the allegations were of "unwanted attention, inappropriate touching or groping" and that Mr Sargeant categorically denied any such allegations.

The family's spokesperson has set out the reasons for releasing the correspondence.

In light of the continued unwillingness to clarify the nature of the allegations made against Carl, the family wish the release into the public domain, correspondence between Carl's solicitors and the Labour Party on Monday of this week (6 November 2017).

Up to the point of his tragic death on Tuesday morning Carl was not informed of any of the detail of the allegations against him, despite requests and warnings regarding his mental welfare.

The correspondence also discloses the solicitor’s concern that media appearances by the First Minister on Monday were prejudicing the inquiry.

The family wish to disclose the fact that Carl maintained his innocence and he categorically denied any wrongdoing. The distress of not being able to defend himself properly against these unspecified allegations meant he was not afforded common courtesy, decency or natural justice.

– Family Spokesperson

The Labour party have released a statement in response to concerns about the investigation into allegations against Carl Sargeant.

Following allegation brought to the attention of Welsh Labour by Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones, an investigation was launched by the UK Party.

The Labour Party Governance and Legal Unit spoke with Carl Sargeant and, in line with agreed procedure, outlined the nature of the allegations that had been received and how the complaints process works.

– Labour Party spokesperson

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