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Leak inquiry clears First Minister

Carwyn Jones still faces two further inquiries Photo: Senedd TV

An inquiry into whether the sacking of Carl Sargeant was leaked ahead of a cabinet reshuffle has found no evidence that the First Minister's decision to dismiss the Alyn and Deeside AM from the Welsh Government was disclosed prematurely.

On the 4th December 2017 the Chief Security Officer for the Welsh Government was commissioned to investigate “whether there is any evidence of a prior unauthorised sharing of information – i.e. a “leak” - by the Welsh Government of information relating to the recent Ministerial reshuffle.”

This investigation has now finished and found that there is no evidence of prior unauthorised sharing of information by the Welsh Government relating to the recent Ministerial reshuffle.

– Spokesperson for Welsh Government Permanent Secretary Shan Morgan

There had been speculation in the weeks and months before the reshuffle that Carl Sargent was likely to be sacked to make room for a new cabinet appointment. But on the day he was sacked Mr Sargeant was told told that he faced allegations of improper conduct, which he strenuously denied. He apparently took his own life just days later.

The Permanent Secretary's spokesperson also said today that a second inquiry, into whether the First Minister broke the ministerial code is now well underway. An independent adviser, James Hamilton, has been brought in to investigate whether Carwyn Jones misled the Assembly when he denied that there had been any bullying by his special advisers.

After Carl Sargent's death, it was claimed by the former minister Leighton Andrews and the former special adviser Steve Jones that bullying had gone on and that Mr Sargeant was one of the victims.

A third inquiry was launched this week, when the Sargeant family agreed to the appointment of Paul Bowen QC, who'll lead an inquiry into how the allegations against Carl Sargeant were handled. An inquest has also been opened into the late minister's death.