More support should be available to sacked ministers, a coroner has said, after ruling a Welsh Assembly Member killed himself after being dismissed.

Carl Sargeant, 49, was found hanged at home in Connah’s Quay, Flintshire, by his wife Bernadette on 7 November 2017.

He was sacked as minister for communities and children over claims of inappropriate behaviour towards women.

Coroner John Gittins recorded a conclusion of suicide and said he was known to have mental health issues.

Mr Gittins said he had promised a “full and fair examination” and “would not allow this inquest to be a trial by press, politics or personality”.

The “twists and turns” of the inquest at times followed the “murkiest” of paths into the world of politics, he added.

He said anyone expecting a “glowing vindication”

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