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Ousted Bermuda party promises comeback

Marc Bean.

HAMILTON — New Progressive labour Party leader Marc Bean today pledged: “We’ll be back.”

Bean, elected to Parliament in a by-election just two years ago after former Premier Dr. Ewart Brown stepped down, added: “We will come back and rebuild the party from the grassroots up via the branches and we’re going to focus on economic empowerment under our philosophy of ‘doing for self’.

“And we’re going to seek to make every organ of the party functional and relevant.”

Bean said the party would take a break over Christmas and the New Year to “relax and use it for a period of reflection”.

Bean was speaking after he beat off a challenge from veteran Terry Lister to take the top PLP job.

He said: “We will certainly have a post-mortem on this last election cycle to see where we can improve and where we went wrong.

“We will learn from our mistakes and not repeat our mistakes.

“No doubt about it – we will be back, not just for the sake of winning power back, but to take our governance to a much higher level and meeting the expectations of our people.

“Even though we lost, we are convinced that the Progressive Labour Party represents the best political vehicle to achieve these goals of economic competition and social cooperation.” (Bermuda Sun)

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