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Sargeant offered no support by Labour, says solicitor

Following the release of correspondence between Carl Sargent's solicitor and the Labour party, the solicitor's firm, Bowden Jones, has issued a statement. It says that requests for details of the complaints against Mr Sargeant were made to the First Minister of Wales, the General Secretary of the Labour Party in Wales and the Labour Party Head Office Disputes team but those requests were refused. The firm also states categorically that no support was offered to Carl Sargeant by the Labour party.

It has been suggested that support was offered to Mr Sargeant. It is not clear in what form this support was suggested to have been offered but that is not correct. No support was offered to Mr Sargeant other than that personally offered by close friends and family.

The family are currently dealing with the tragic loss of Carl and would not wish to be disturbed any further. They wanted simply to explain the position as they are aware of it so as to avoid further inevitable speculation as to the circumstances surrounding Carl’s tragic death.

The family hopes that moving forward that there will be a full investigation and scrutiny of the way that the relevant parties concerned dealt with the allegations, Mr Sargeant personally and the statements that have been made in the press and media.

Those that owed a clear duty of care to Carl and to his family will, no doubt in due course need to provide clarity on their respective positions in this tragedy.

– Statement by Bowden Jones Solicitors

Meanwhile there's been a fresh allegation from one of Carl Sargeant's close political friends about how the former minister was treated over several years.

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Minister sacked amid allegations 'of a sexual nature'

Carl Sargeant says he finds the allegations against him shocking and distressing. Credit: ITV Wales

Communities Secretary Carl Sargeant has been sacked in today's Welsh Government reshuffle and suspended from the Labour party amid allegations over his personal conduct.

Sources have told ITV News that the allegations are of a sexual nature.

Carl Sargeant has been suspended from party membership, and therefore the Labour whip in the National Assembly for Wales, while an investigation into allegations received takes place.

– Welsh Labour Spokesperson

Carl Sargeant has shared the following statement on Twitter:

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Following allegations, received in the last few days, about Carl Sargeant’s conduct, the First Minister has removed him from the Cabinet and has asked Welsh Labour to launch a full investigation.

– First Minister's spokesperson

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Labour celebrate Welsh results

Labour's Antonia Antoniazzi after winning the Gower seat Credit: PA

Welsh Labour are hailing their best vote share since 1997 and three seats gained in Gower, Vale of Clwyd and Cardiff North. Party sources are claiming that the very distinct campaigns fought by Carwyn Jones and Jeremy Corbyn jointly delivered a result beyond expectations.

They say Welsh Labour’s campaign, led by Carwyn Jones, connected positively with voters across Wales, while Labour’s UK campaign, led by Jeremy Corbyn, was hugely effective, especially in energising 18 – 24 year olds who voted in unprecedented numbers.

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