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Tributes paid to Carl Sargeant in Senedd

Tributes have been paid to Carl Sargeant

Tributes have been paid to former Welsh Labour minister Carl Sargeant as formal business resumed at the Welsh Assembly.

The 49-year-old was found dead last Tuesday, four days after being removed from his role as cabinet secretary for communities and children.

The father-of-two, from Connah's Quay, North Wales, was suspended from the Labour Party over allegations of "unwanted attention, inappropriate touching or groping".

His family and friends attended the Senedd, where a minute's silence was held in Mr Sargeant's memory and tributes were paid from across political parties.

Among tributes, First Minister Carwyn Jones said he 'can't begin to imagine' what Carl's family are going through:

Leader of the Welsh Conservatives, Andrew RT Davies said Mr Sargeant created a legacy he could look back on:

Economy Secretary Ken Skates, said:

Plaid Cymru leader, Leanne Wood said:

His loss is a blow to this assembly and Plaid Cymru share the loss felt across this chamber and across the country.

– Plaid Cymru Leader, leanne Wood

UKIP leader Neil Hamilton said:

Carl Sargeant was a gentle giant and I am saddened beyond measure by the tragedy which occasions this tribute.

Although the full story is yet to be established Carl did not deserve to suffer as he did.

– UKIP leader Neil Hamilton

Housing and Regeneration Minister Rebecca Evans AM, who used to be a researcher for Mr Sargeant, said it was a huge privilege to serve as Carl's deputy in Government:

After the tributes, the Assembly took a short break before scheduled business began with First Minister's Questions.