AMS of all parties in Wales have paid warm tributes to former Welsh Government minister Carl Sargeant.

Assembly business resumed this afternoon, for the first time since the Labour AM's death last week, with tributes to the ex-minister.

Common themes included how welcoming Mr Sargeant - known to friends as 'Sarge' - was to newly-elected AMs, his keenness for karaoke and his tenancy to call colleagues "boss".

Leading the tributes, first minister Carwyn Jones called his former colleague "well-liked and committed, jovial but determined, firm but fun".

"The Labour group bash at Christmas always had him as the DJ and the karaoke king, and he was good at it, putting many of us to shame at his 40th birthday party," he said.

"He loved to remind us, when he said, 'You south Walians can't sing', and in my case that was utterly true.

"It is difficult to imagine what it'll be like this year without him, and in subsequent years."

Leader of the Welsh Conservatives Andrew RT Davies called Mr Sargeant "one of the most genuine men that I've had the privilege to meet".

"His legacy will last for many years and many decades," he said.

Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood also paid tribute to the former minister's "rootedness and his authenticity".

"Carl Sargeant was a politician who could never be accused of being out of touch," she said.

"His loss is a blow to this Assembly and I, and Plaid Cymru, share the loss felt across this chamber and across the country."

And leader of the Assembly's Ukip group Neil Hamilton said he was "saddened beyond measure".

A visibly emotional Blaenau Gwent AM Alun Davies also paid tribute to his former cabinet colleague calling him "a very, very decent and honourable, authentic friend and a mate of mine".

"He cared deeply, and all of us who worked alongside him know how deeply held his convictions were, and how deeply he cared about what he was doing and how deeply he believed in fair play and social justice," he said.

Islwyn AM Rhianon Passmore said Mr Sargeant "was my friend, is my friend, and will forever be my friend".

"Carl was the genuine article," she said. "An authentic, working-class politician."

And Newport East AM John Griffiths said Mr Sargeant was "absolutely determined to make lives better for people in Wales".