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03.11.17

Welsh communities secretary quits role over ‘personal conduct’ allegations

The Welsh cabinet secretary for communities and children has left his role over allegations against his “personal conduct.”

Carl Sargeant said he was contacted today by first minister, Carwyn Jones, who told him about the claims.

The secretary has stepped down from his position while an investigation takes place, although he was confident that he would be able to return to the role.

In a statement released today, Sargeant said: “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 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. I won’t be commenting further at this stage.”

Sargeant, the member for Alyn and Deeside, has also had the Labour whip removed while details of the situation are investigated.

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