BLP supporters say no to Hinds-Layne

“We will not support Marsha Hinds-Layne.”

The Youth for Action group of the St Michael North West constituency today served notice that Hinds-Layne would not get the backing of residents to secure the nomination to become the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) candidate in the political riding.

“We have no intention of supporting Ms Marsha Hinds-Layne in any form or at any time to represent St Michael North West,” declared Natalie Branch-Sealy, the group’s spokesman. While the group is made up of members of the BLP, it’s not an official arm of the party.

So adamant is the group of more than 30 members from several communities including Brandons, Deacons Farm and Cave Hill that Hinds-Layne would not be accommodated that it was preparing to draft a formal letter to the BLP to state its objection.

“We plan to write the party to let them know we don’t want her and we would be putting our signatures to it and if we have to collect signatures then we will do that, because we don’t want her.”

On Tuesday, Hinds-Layne told Barbados TODAY in an interview that she wanted to help build a community that is based on cricket, football and cultural activity.

But Branch-Sealy insisted the group was not interested and it was already backing a young man, who she declined to name, to secure the BLP nomination.

According to Branch-Sealy, members of the constituency did not consider Hinds-Layne fit for the job partly because of her previous affiliation with the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) in the 2013 general election.

Marsha Hinds-Layne
Marsha Hinds-Layne

“We want to send a strong message to the BLP that we will not be supporting her, we will not be doing it. We do not advocate for her to come and we have a strong following in the constituency as well.  A lot of people know Marsha from her days with the DLP. We know that she was very active in the last election with the Democratic Labour Party and we would be very disappointed if she was to be embraced at all by the BLP to become a candidate of the party.”

Branch-Sealy also took issue with comments made by the political hopeful who raised concern that garrison constituencies, which were part of the political landscape in Jamaica, were creeping into Barbados politics.

While Hinds-Layne did not name the constituencies or the politicians involved, Branch-Sealy said the comments were out of order from someone hoping to represent the people of St Michael North West.

“To liken us to Jamaica is very cruel and very disrespectful, especially for the constituents,” she argued.

Branch- Sealy said Youth For Action was already working with their candidate of choice whom she described as “influential and positive.”

“A lot of us would have been canvassed by the young gentleman that is planning to run as president for the branch. Some of us were at the constituency level meeting that was held late last month and Dr Jerome Walcott was there as well as  Cynthia Forde. We are very pleased he is doing some excellent work and we are actually looking out for the constituents.  If we call him now he is very, very supportive; he is very passionate and he is very caring because he listens and he has the interests of the constituents at heart.

“I am not only speaking for Free Hill, I am speaking for Brandons, Deacons Farm, Cave Hill and the other environs. Members of the constituency have been seeing him across the length and breadth of this constituency and we have not seen the face of Marsha Hinds-Layne.”

Branch Sealy added that the youth group, which is involved in charity work, was anxious to work with the new branch executive whenever it is elected, as long as Marsha Hinds-Layne is not involved.

“So we are saying no to Marsha Hinds-Layne, we have who we want already.  We are working with the candidate and she knows him full well. We are backing him.”

21 Responses to BLP supporters say no to Hinds-Layne

  1. Violeta Patricia Piggott
    Violeta Patricia Piggott October 8, 2015 at 5:59 am

    Because she was a Dee N how many others in d B was a D Wanna ppl sick smh

  2. dave October 8, 2015 at 10:19 am

    Branch -Sealy ! this is not a closed shop. Hinds-Layne has every right to contest. You not supporting does not mean that she does not have the right. You seem very dictatorial Branch -Sealy. Check what you have stated and review it carefully. it sounds ‘funny’

  3. Sandra Madea
    Sandra Madea October 8, 2015 at 11:19 am
  4. Charles Worrell October 8, 2015 at 12:13 pm

    Sure sounds that way to me too Dave. In our country the lady can run if this is what she wants to do and can even be an independent and it is dangerous for this Branch-Sealy to speak in this way. This is not our democratic way and NO-ONE, including you branch-sealy, can posture in this way. Whoever is your candidate of “loss’, I hope that he too, would caution you not to utter these remarks as they offend our political system and constitutional provision.
    If the truth be told, you can all come, there is a defeat pending for you…BUT refrain from these polluted mouthings.

  5. Margaret Lorde
    Margaret Lorde October 8, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    A more discerning and aware voter is always welcomed. Who represents a constituency on any political party’s behalf, is serious business and nominating that individual must not be a frivolously nor hastily made decision. Those constituents whose right it is to select such a person must be cognizant of their expectations of the prospective candidate and similarly the prospective candidate must be as aware as those they are seeking to represent. The relationship between candidate, branch, and constituents requires finesse because offending the same people you eventually need as support is a road better not travelled…elections are lost by one two or three votes it’s always best not to be found loitering in those ranges when facing the polls.

    Personally as this situation unfolds I hope the parties involved remember the battle isn’t among themselves but rather a fairly strong opponent in the MoF even if it is only statistically…because nationally he’s not a favourite with Bajans. The branch and the prospective candidates must complete the nomination process seamlessly and move toward solidifying the BLP’s presence in the constituency with their eyes affixed firmly on the ultimate prize: Proper and effective representation of the people and their interests nationally 2018 and beyond.

  6. Andrena Ceasar
    Andrena Ceasar October 8, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    Sipping my tea enjoying the weather and reading these comments some too long keep it short want the tea to last

  7. Kevin October 8, 2015 at 6:22 pm

    Marsha come down SPS, you’ll get my vote. The main fact that you left the DLP shows that you are not a party hack, but want to put country first.


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