Carl Sargeant

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Carl Sargeant
Carl Sargeant.jpg
Member of the Welsh Assembly
for Alyn and Deeside
Assumed office
1 May 2003
Preceded by Tom Middlehurst
Majority 3,362 (15.9%)
Personal details
Born 1968 (age 46–47)
Wales St Asaph, Wales
Political party Welsh Labour
Occupation Councillor
Website Welsh Labour

Carl Sargeant AM (born 1968) is a Welsh Labour[1] politician and the Minister for Natural Resources in Welsh Government. Born in St Asaph, Denbighshire, Wales, Sargeant has represented the constituency of Alyn and Deeside since being elected to the National Assembly for Wales in 2003.


Carl Sargeant campaigned for a Yes vote in the 2011 Welsh referendum

Sargeant worked as a Process Operator at Warwick International Limited, a specialist chemical manufacturer, at its Mostyn site. He also contributed as a quality environmental auditor and a member of the site Emergency Response Team. He is a Governor of Deeside College and a trained industrial fire fighter.

Political career[edit]

He was first elected in the National Assembly for Wales election of 2003, succeeding Tom Middlehurst who stood down.

In the Third Assembly he was appointed Chief Whip of the Labour Group and a Deputy Welsh Minister for Assembly Business in the Welsh Assembly Government (31 May 2007). He retained the position of Labour Chief Whip when the coalition government of Labour and Plaid Cymru was announced on 19 July.

In December 2009 he was handed the position of Minister for Social Justice and Local Government in Carwyn Jones' cabinet. Speaking to the Flintshire Chronicle, Mr. Sargeant said, "I was honoured when our new First Minister, Carwyn Jones, asked me to join his Cabinet and take up the important role of Minister for Social Justice and Local Government. This is the first time a North Walian has held this portfolio, and so I hope to bring my local knowledge to the role and to ensure that the Welsh Assembly Government continues to be visible to people in North Wales".

In June 2011 he dismissed the three commissioners of the Local Government Boundary Commission for Wales, stating that the body "has lost the confidence of its stakeholders".[2] The two who were also members of the Boundary Commission for Wales also resigned their posts there, leading to the start of the Sixth Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies being delayed in Wales.[3]

Carl currently resides in Connah's Quay, Flintshire.


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National Assembly for Wales
Preceded by
Tom Middlehurst
Assembly Member for Alyn and Deeside
Political offices
Preceded by
(new post)
Deputy Minister for Assembly Business and Chief Whip
31 May 2007 to 19 July 2007
Succeeded by
(post abolished)
Preceded by
Carl Sargeant
Chief Whip
Succeeded by
Janice Gregory
Preceded by
Brian Gibbons
Minister for Social Justice and Local Government
Succeeded by
Preceded by
new post
Minister for Local Government and Communities
Succeeded by
Preceded by
new post
Minister for Natural Resources