A Labour AM is out of his Welsh Government job after allegations were made about his personal conduct.
Carl Sargeant has been suspended from the Labour Party as an investigation takes place.
He was secretary for communities and children.
Mr Sargeant has called for an “urgent” investigation “in order to allow me to clear my name”. The news came as First Minister Carwyn Jones began a reshuffle of his cabinet team.
A spokesman for Mr Jones said: “Following allegations, received in the last few days, about Carl Sargeant’s conduct, the first minister has removed him from the cabinet and has asked Welsh Labour to launch a full investigation.”
Welsh minister steps down after claims about his conduct
A Welsh government minister has left the cabinet and been suspended by the Labour party after allegations about his personal conduct.
Carl Sargeant, the devolved administration’s cabinet secretary for communities and children, said he had left his post after being informed of “shocking and distressing” accusations by Carwyn Jones, the first minister.
Mr Sargeant, 49, insisted his decision to step down was his alone and called for an independent investigation “to allow me to clear my name”. A spokesman for the first minister said he had been removed from the cabinet.
Welsh government minister resigns after being suspended over “shocking and distressing” allegations
Carl Sargeant, the Welsh Government’s Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Children, has stepped down after being told of “shocking and distressing” allegations against him.
Mr Sargeant said in a statement it was “right to step aside” while the party investigates the matter, but added: “The details of the allegations have not been made known to me.”