New AM Jack Sargeant calls for justice for his father Carl

New AM Jack Sargeant calls for justice for his father Carl

Media captionJack Sargeant: I’m not the only person in this chamber who wants justice for my father

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

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

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

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

The former cabinet secretary for communities and children had also been suspended from the Labour Party amid allegations of inappropriate conduct towards women, which he denied.

Mr Jones faces an inquiry over his handling of the sacking, as well as a further probe into whether he misled the assembly over answers regarding allegations of bullying within the Welsh Government.

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

“I know I am not the only person in this chamber who wants justice for my father.

Jack Sargeant was given a round of appaluse from AMs as his speech closed

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

“Alongside my political work in this chamber, I will also be working to ensure that the inquiries under way will examine the way in which my dad was treated in the run up to his death.

“I owe my family, my constituents, my friends and my father no less.”

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

“My dad truly loved the community and the people of Alyn and Deeside. He loved the sense of togetherness,” he said.

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

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

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

Source: BBC News