Carrington matter sent back to Parliament
After two sittings of the Committee of Privileges the matter involving Speaker of the House of Assembly Michael Carrington has been sent back to the Lower House for consideration.
Barbados TODAY has learned that the decision was taken after heated exchanges among the committee members at the January 26 meeting.
The Committee of Privileges is usually chaired by Speaker Michael Carrington – for whom St John MP Mara Thompson deputized in this matter. The other members are Attorney General and St Philip South MP Adriel Brathwaite, St Philip West MP Dr David Estwick, St Michael North MP Ronald Toppin, St Michael South East MP Santia Bradshaw and St Michael East MP Trevor Prescod.
During the first sitting of the House this year Bradshaw, the newly appointed Leader of Opposition Business, raised the issue of Carrington’s non-payment of money to former client John Griffiths. She had asked that Carrington either speak on the matter or recuse himself.
Carrington left his seat for that session of Parliament and Thompson referred the matter to the Committee of Privileges.
However, he returned for the subsequent two sittings, sparking a walkout of Opposition MPs and a promise that they would not participate in any sitting over which he presided.
The matter that sparked the controversy was settled last week with Griffiths’ attorney receiving the outstanding funds from Carrington.