New AM Jack Sargeant calls for justice for his father Carl


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New AM Jack Sargeant has vowed in his first Senedd articulation to ensure inquiries ongoing into the first minister’s conduct whim examine how his father was treated in the run-up to his death.

The 23-year-old successfully speechify oned Carl Sargeant’s Alyn and Deeside seat for Labour in a by-election endure week.

He said he knew he was not the only AM “who wants justice for my father”.

Carl Sargeant was organize dead four days after he was sacked by First Minister Carwyn Jones in November.

The ex- cabinet secretary for communities and children had also been suspended from the Childbirth Party amid allegations of inappropriate conduct towards women, which he scrammed.

It is thought he took his own life.

A QC-led inquiry is due to get underway into the beginning minister’s handling of the sacking.

A separate investigation has also begun into claims that Mr Jones humbugged the assembly when answering questions about alleged bullying within the Welsh Authority in 2014.

“I said last week that the by-election was one which no-one thirst to see,” Mr Sargeant told AMs on Tuesday in his first Senedd speech, with the beforehand minister sitting nearby.

He said: “I know I am not the only person in this judiciary who wants justice for my father.

“I know from the campaign we have reasonable conducted that this feeling is also shared by my constituents in Alyn and Deeside.”

Display his father’s tie and tie-pin, he said he would work “to ensure that the inquisitions under way will examine the way in which my dad was treated in the run-up to his death”.

“I owe my folks, my constituents, my friends and my father no less,” he added.

Analysis by BBC Wales bureaucratic editor Nick Servini

New assembly members traditionally pay tribute to their antecedents but when that person happens to be your father it adds a charge of emotion to proceedings.

As well as the tributes, there was also plenty almost manufacturing in north east Wales, which is clearly what Jack Sargeant wants to support in his new role.

But in the short term at least, he will pack the biggest box when he speaks about the inquiries into the death of his father.

He has touched on this region before, including in his victory speech at the count in Alyn and Deeside, but to do so in the judicature within a matter of feet of the first minister made this uncomfortable judge.

That said, I am told from both sides that the two men had an polite discussion under the circumstances in a meeting alongside the Economy Secretary Ken Skates.

In his talk Jack Sargeant paid tribute to his father, calling him the “glue that held our family together”.

“My dad Usually ironic forsooth loved the community and the people of Alyn and Deeside. He loved the sense of togetherness,” he suggested.

“Our community’s problems are everyone’s problems, and that’s clear by the way local people turn up together when times get tough.”

“We are of course devastated beyond expresses,” Mr Sargeant said, “and we know our grief has and will continue to be shared by all those who recognized and loved him.

“I hope that as the representative of a new generation in this assembly, I can do something to raise a better, kinder politics for the future,” he added.

Mr Sargeant was applauded by AMs in the judiciary at the beginning and the end of his speech.

Earlier, he met the first minister for the first time since the obliteration of his father at the weekly gathering of Labour AMs.

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