Mottley unopposed as BLP leader
Mia Mottley is large and in charge.
Today, the St Michael North East Member of Parliament (MP) was re-elected unopposed to the positions of political leader and chairman by Barbados Labour Party (BLP) delegates at the party’s 76th annual conference at St Leonard’s Boys’ School.
Also returned to their positions were MP for St Joseph Dale Marshall (first vice-chairman); Pat Parris (third vice-chairman) and Dr Jerome Walcott (general secretary).
However, St Thomas MP Cynthia Forde is being challenged for the post of second vice-chairman by Ian ‘Cupid’ Gill. That election will be held tomorrow as the party continues its weekend convention.
Incumbent Treasurer Douglas Skeete did not seek re-election and former MP Reginald Farley was elected to that post unopposed.
The convention comes of the heels of former leader Owen Arthur’s decision to quit the party back in July at the height of tensions between him and Mottley, who was due to address delegates this afternoon and to chart the Opposition party’s way forward in the post-Arthur era.