Jack Sargeant denies claim against father

Category : UK News
Updated On : May 16, 2018 06:24 AM
By Indian Times Daily

The son of late Welsh minister Carl Sargeant has rejected claims his father acted inappropriately towards women. Mr Sargeant was found dead last November, days after First Minister Carwyn Jones fired him. Jack Sargeant, the AM for Alyn and Deeside, said his family "stood behind him then and I certainly stand behind that now".

Mr Sargeant said a QC-led inquiry into what took place around his father's sacking "needs to get started". A Welsh Government spokesman said preparatory work was well advanced.

Carl Sargeant is understood to have taken his own life days after Mr Jones dismissed him from the cabinet and after his suspension from the Labour party ahead of an investigation. His son won the subsequent by-election triggered by his father's death.

The former communities secretary was accused of "unwanted attention, inappropriate touching or groping". "We as a family and dad strongly denied the allegations," Mr Sargeant told BBC Wales.

The Welsh Government has commissioned QC Paul Bowen to look into the matter, but his independent inquiry is yet to start taking evidence.

"We're half a year on and we're still seeking answers, and those answers are needed, I think, for the grieving process to begin for some people, or to carry on the grieving process for some people," Mr Sargeant said.

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