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Live Reporting

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  1. Goodbye

    That ends our live blog on the reaction to the death of Carl Sargeant.

    Coverage continues here and on Twitter @WalesPolitics.

  2. 'The assembly is in deep Shock'

    The Llywydd of the National Assembly for Wales, Elin Jones, speaks of the shock at the news of Carl Sargeant's death.

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    Video caption: Elin Jones, Llywydd
  3. Prime Minister's 'heart goes out to Carl Sargeant's friends and family'

    Asked if the Prime Minister was concerned about the health of those accused of harassment, the Prime Minister's Official Spokesperson says in relation to the "sad news" about the death of Carl Sargeant, "the Prime Minister's heart goes out to Carl Sargeant's friends and family", but given the circumstances won't say anything further at this point.

    Theresa May
  4. 'An authentically working class politician'

    "Carl Sargeant was an unusual politician for these times in that he was an authentically working class one," says Chief Reporter of the Western Mail, Martin Shipton.

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  5. 'Palpable sense of shock'

    Nick Servini

    Political editor, Wales

    Quote Message: There is a palpable sense of shock at the assembly. Carl Sargeant was a hugely experienced figure who had taken on a broad range of ministerial positions over the past decade from local government to housing to the environment. It was this experience that has formed the backdrop to the many political tributes that have been pouring in. But clearly the circumstances surrounding his sacking from the cabinet on Friday, amid allegations about his personal conduct, will also be on people's minds as the political establishment in Wales comes to terms with his death."
  6. 'Loved across the political divide'

    Speaking through tears on BBC Radio Wales, former local government minister Leighton Andrews says:

    "Carl Sargeant was loved. He was loved across the political divide. He was loved by the people in his own community.

    "Carl was a unique politician. He arrived in the assembly from the factory floor. He grew up and still lived in the council estate that helped shape his roots in Connah's Quay - he was still very much part of that community.

    "My understanding is that Carl was still not aware of the detail of the allegations against him, even, I'm told, this morning.

    "I think that perhaps that's something to talk about on another day. Today I think his friends, family, will want to remember the Carl that we knew. The Carl that we loved."

    Leighton Andrews (far left in back row) and Carl Sargeant (far right in back row) were part of the 2003 intake in the assembly
    Image caption: Leighton Andrews (far left in back row) and Carl Sargeant (far right in back row) were part of the 2003 intake in the assembly
  7. Flags at half-mast at the Senedd

  8. 'He never forgot his roots'

    In his tribute to Carl Sargeant, political pundit Darran Hill says he was a "slow-burn politician" who was "immensely proud" to represent Alyn and Deeside.

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    Video caption: Darran Hill
  9. 'A friend of local government'

    In light of the news about the death of Carl Sargeant, WLGA Leader, Newport Councillor Debbie Wilcox, said: "We are all deeply shocked by today's news.

    "Carl was a friend to local government; he was passionate about local services and made a huge impact in Welsh politics during his career.

    "This is an awful tragedy and my thoughts are with his family at this very difficult time."

  10. Meetings cancelled

    Plenary and committee meetings in the assembly on Wednesday and Thursday have been cancelled.

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  11. 'Found guilty before he had a chance to defend himself'

    Former Plaid Cymru AM Rhodri Glyn Thomas says: "Carl clearly felt he had been found guilty before he had a chance to defend himself.

    "So I think we need to develop a system which is fair to everybody, which defends everybody, but doesn't place people in a position where they feel they have no opportunity whatsoever to fight their cause."

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    Video caption: Rhodri Glyn Thomas
  12. Tribute by Coleg Cambria principal

    David Jones, Principal and Chief Executive at Coleg Cambria says:"It is with great sadness that we heard today of the untimely death of Carl Sargeant.

    "Carl was previously a governor at Deeside College and has always been a strong supporter of the evolution of FE in North East Wales and the creation of Coleg Cambria.

    "This is truly shocking news and our thoughts are with Carl's family at this difficult time."

  13. Carl Sargeant 'did not know the allegations'

    BBC Wales understands that as late as this morning Mr Sargeant did not know what the allegations against him were.