Prime Minister & Government MPs grinning like Cheshire cats
“So we are back to a situation where now across Barbados we understand that there is not a level of harmony at the top because there is clearly not a meeting of the minds and that doesn’t bode very well in terms of the Barbados Labour Party in the next election,
And all I can say is that I think that (Prime Minister) Freundel Stuart is probably quite happy because it essentially means that any major challenge to him is now essentially going to dissipate because there is no unity.
I think the main concern I have is the fact that it is so unfortunate that an individual who is so overwhelmingly popular nationally, and I would say certainly more popular than Dr. Walcott, has essentially been squeezed out of the race and the rationale behind it is one that I am at a loss to understand,”
Political analyst Peter Wickham talks to Barbados Today: BLP making big mistake.
Meanwhile, the BLP fired this press release back at Mottley…
Barbados Labour Party
111 Roebuck Street, Bridgetown
September 19, 2011
It has been reported that charges of disenfranchising party members have been laid against the Barbados Labour Party through the instituting of changes to its Standing Orders for the Party’s upcoming Annual Conference. Such charges are contained in a letter purportedly signed by Ms Mia Mottley, M.P.
The facts are that under the Party’s Constitution, the Conference Arrangements Committee acts as a Standing Orders Committee and formulated new Standing Orders which have been ratified by the National Executive Committee and these together with the party’s Constitution govern the BLP’s procedures.
The new Standing Orders now provide that a member can only be a delegate of a single organ of the Party at the Conference. Under the Party’s Constitution, a person could be a member of the Women’s League, the League of Young Socialists and a constituency branch, all at the same time. That person could in theory also be a delegate for each of these organs simultaneously. Equally, for the purpose of establishing the number of delegates available to each organ, a person could be counted three times. This had the potential to distort the number of people who could vote at the Annual Conference.
The new standing Orders now eliminates the possibility of distortion.
With respect to the number of delegates for St. Thomas and St. Michael East the party has for many years now established a process by which all branches are given an opportunity to resolve any issues with respect to their membership lists and the allocation of delegates. In keeping with this process the number of delegates allocated to those branches remain the same as last year.
The current position on the nominations for offices within the Party are as follows:
Chairman- Dr. Jerome Walcott has been nominated by 19 constituency branches as well as by the Women’s League and the League of Young Socialists; Ms. Mia Mottley Q.C. has been nominated by four branches.
First vice-chairman – Dale Marshall Q.C., nominated by 10 branches; Dr. Maria Agard nominated by three branches;
Second vice-chairman- Dr. Maria Agard, nominated by seven branches; Wendell Callender, nominated by one branch; Anthony Wood, nominated by two branches;
Third vice-chairman, Wendell Cal lender, nominated by five branches; Peter Chase, nominated by three branches;
General Secretary- Ms. Cynthia Forde, M.P., nominated by four branches; George Griffith, nominated by four branches; Tyrone Lovell, nominated by one branch;
Treasurer- Douglas Skeete, nominated by seven branches; Rudy Grant, nominated by three branches.