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The Conservative MS for South Wales East, Mohammad Asghar, has died following a medical emergency earlier today. He was 74.
Emergency services were called at around 11 am this morning and he was subsequently rushed to hospital.
Born in Pakistan, he was an accountant by profession and former Newport city councillor. Mohammad was first elected to represent the South Wales East region in 2007 and by doing so became the first Member of the Senedd from a minority ethnic (BAME) background. He was also the first MS to “cross the floor”, leaving Plaid Cymru to join the Tories in December 2009.
“This news is a devastating blow to the Conservative Group in the Welsh Parliament.
“Our friend and colleague Mohammad Asghar – known to many as ‘Oscar’ – has served the people of South Wales East in the Senedd with distinction for more than 13 years.
“Proud to be British and Welsh and proud of his roots, Oscar had friends from across the political spectrum and made his mark on Welsh history as the first-ever BAME Member of the Senedd.
“I am sure that everyone will join me in sending condolences to his family, especially his wife Firdaus and his daughter Natasha, both of whom he loved dearly, at their tragic time of loss.”
– Leader of the Opposition, Paul Davies MS (Con, Preseli Pembs.)