Labour suspended a second senior politician in less than 24 hours today after Carl Sargeant (file image) resigned from the Welsh Assembly Government
Labour suspended a second senior politician in less than 24 hours today after Carl Sargeant resigned from the Welsh Government.
Mr Sargeant was confronted with ‘allegations’ about his ‘personal conduct’ by Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones.
The AM, who was Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Children, said he was resigning to clear his name despite not knowing what the allegations are.
He was suspended from Labour less than 24 hours after the party in London also launched a probe into veteran MP Kelvin Hopkins.
Mr Sargeant said he was told about the allegations by Mr Jones but had not been given details about the claims.
‘I met with the First Minister today and he informed me allegations had been made about my personal conduct, which was shocking and distressing to me,’ the Alyn and Deeside AM said in a statement on Twitter.
‘The details of the allegations have yet to be disclosed to me.
‘I have written to the general secretary of Welsh Labour requesting an urgent independent investigation into these allegations in order to allow me to clear my name.
‘Given the nature of the allegations, I agreed with the First Minister that it was right that I stand aside from Cabinet today.
‘I look forward to returning to Government once my name has been cleared.’
Mr Sargeant has been an AM since 2003, becoming the Labour group’s chief whip before taking a string of government roles.
A spokesman for the First Minister said: ‘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.’
Mr Sargeant was confronted with ‘allegations’ about his ‘personal conduct’ by Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones and the pair agreed he should leave his post
A Welsh Labour spokesman added: ‘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.’
Mr Hopkins was suspended from Labour last night after allegedly rubbing himself against an activist and later sending her lewd texts.
Jeremy Corbyn faced a backlash today after it emerged he promoted the MP to the shadow cabinet after the allegations were first made.
Labour MP Kelvin Hopkins (pictured left) has been suspended from the party over allegations of harassment. Ava Etemadzadeh, 27 (pictured right) has said she initially complained to the whips’ office about Mr Hopkins around three years ago