Labour drops investigation into allegations made about Carl Sargeant

Postado Dezembro 07, 2017

THE Labour party will not investigate alleged inappropriate behaviour by Wales Assembly Member Carl Sargeant after he was found hanged at his home by his wife.

He had denied unspecified accusations of "unwanted attention, touching or groping" from three women and it is understood that he died without knowing the exact details of the allegations against him, despite repeated requests for information.

"It is no longer possible to take forward any investigation under our procedures and therefore the Labour Party deems its investigation closed", Mr McNicol said.

No written statements against the Alyn and Deeside AM had been passed to the Labour Party at the time of his death.

A provisional cause of death was given as hanging.

A by-election in the seat is being held after the death of Carl Sargeant.

First Minister of Wales Carwyn Jones said last week that he had "no alternative" but to kick the politician out of Labour when he was accused of sexual harassment - four days before he killed himself. The Welsh Government has ordered an inquiry into how Mr Jones handled the allegations against the AM.

Mr Sargeant's family has criticised the decision to ask the Permanent Secretary to begin preparatory work and said it will prevent the probe from being truly independent.

According to a report in today's Western Mail, a letter sent to Cardiff solicitor Huw Bowden, who represents Mr Sargeant's family, Labour general secretary Iain McNicol said it was "no longer possible to take forward any investigation under our procedures".

Mr Jones has said he could not have done anything differently.