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Carl Sargeant death: More help for sacked ministers after suicide

Carl Sargeant
Image caption The married father-of-two was discovered hanged at his house in Flintshire in November 2017

Changes to how sacked ministers are handled have been introduced by First Minister Mark Drakeford following the suicide of an AM.

Carl Sargeant, 49, was discovered hanged at house in Connah’s Quay in November 2017.

He had been sacked as minister for communities and youngsters over claims of inappropriate behaviour in direction of ladies.

In July coroner John Gittins stated extra assist ought to be accessible to ministers who lose their jobs.

The inquest had heard Mr Sargeant was identified to have psychological well being points.

The coroner stated there have been no official preparations in place to assist Mr Sargeant following the 2017 re-shuffle “despite the probability that the [then] first minister [Carwyn Jones] knew of Mr Sargeant’s vulnerability in relation to his mental health”.

In a proper response to the inquest findings, Mr Drakeford stated in future the chief whip would make contact with ministers who lose their jobs to see if any additional assist can be wanted.

A standardised pack with sensible recommendation on assist will even be handed to departing ministers.

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