BLP tensions mounting
From all accounts, there has been no cooling of tempers in Christ Church West, following last night’s meeting called by Leader of the Opposition Mia Mottley with the political representative Dr Maria Agard and executive members of the branch.
On the contrary, party sources said today the embers were now flaring.
At the end of last night’s five-hour meeting, which was also attended by other party members, including St Joseph MP Dale Marshall and former Christ Church East MP Reginald Farley, Dr Agard said she had no official comment to make, while Christ Church West treasurer Herbie Yearwood and St Thomas MP Cynthia Forde both reported that the talks were cordial.
General Secretary Dr Jerome Walcott also described the meeting, which took place at the Opposition Leader’s office in the Parliament building, as productive and said progress had been made.
However, Barbados TODAY has been reliably informed that Dr Agard was hauled over the coals last night for taking her concerns about executive members of her branch to last week’s National Executive Council meeting.
She was also heavily criticized by members of her executive –– some of whom had supported the candidacy of Ian Bishop to carry the party’s banner in the BLP stronghold in the 2013 election – for not giving out enough funeral grants and for not showing up at the site of recent house fires in her constituency.
Well-placed sources said Dr Agard, who was down to speak at last weekend’s BLP meeting at St George Secondary, but was an apparent no-show, also did not get the backing of her leader last night, following concerns raised in the Press about the quality of her political representation.
The first time MP, who won her seat by just over 500 votes to defeat the ruling Democratic Labour Party’s Verla De Peiza and independent candidate Taan Abed, was however warned to stay off the social media when venting concerns about her party.
Party sources said that based on the “inconclusive” result to last night’s meeting, they were waiting to see what would be Dr Agard’s next move.