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Absolutely callous!

Shocking and absolutely callous!

That’s how Dr Maria Agard’s lead attorney Hal Gollop, QC, tonight described the decision of the Mia Mottley-led National Council to expel his client from the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP).

In an unprecedented move, Dr Agard, who was elected in the last election as the BLP’s representative for Christ Church West, has become the first sitting member of the Barbados Parliament to be expelled from a party.

Mottley made the shocking announcement just after 8 p.m. at the party’s Roebuck Street, St Michael headquarters, moments after Dr Agard, along with her attorneys Gollop and Lynette Eastmond, walked out of a scheduled meeting with the BLP’s National Council, at which the MP was set to answer nine charges.

Dr Agard was not immediately available for a comment. However, her legal representative Gollop expressed surprise that the disciplinary move had been made by BLP top officials in her absence.

He maintained that the Christ Church West MP had not been given a fair opportunity to defend herself.


“Those people who brought the charges against Dr Agard cannot sit on the National Council,” Gollop argued in reference to members of the group, including the BLP’s General Secretary Dr Jerome Walcott who is said to have eyes on Dr Agard’s Christ Church West seat.

“It is clear that the party is not interested in observing the rules of natural justice and that is a very, very serious indictment which one can place on a party which hopes to be a Government of Barbados; that it is so callous and shows disrespect for observation in the rules of natural justice.

“I am very, very surprised about this . . . once you are seeking to discipline a member of the party, you have to accord that person natural justice, so I’m really surprised they would take a decision like that, especially in her absence,” he argued.

The prominent lawyer said he would be waiting on advice from Dr Agard before taking any further action, but he did not rule out the possibility of the matter reaching the law courts.

Earlier, Mottley announced that “this evening the National Council of the BLP after hearing the charges presented and the statements from Dr Maria Agard as she chose not to be present for the rest of the hearing, and her attorneys-at-law Mr Hal Gollop and Ms Lynette Eastmond, have determined that she should be expelled from the BLP as provided for by our constitution.”


She told members of the media in a packed, standing room only conference room: “…It is truly regrettable that Dr Agard, Mr Gollop and Ms Eastmond refused the opportunity to address these charges in detail.

“Believe you me, this has not been an easy decision, nor has it been an easy route, and it is not one in which we delight,” the Opposition Leader said.

Mottley insisted the decision to expel Dr Agard had been a last resort, and was agreed upon only after repeated attempts at reconciliation had failed.


She contended that at no time did Dr Agard try to find a resolution to the situation.

However, in defence of her own handling of the matter, Mottley, whose leadership has been called into question over the entire affair, said: “I have treated to this matter with a view to reconciliation first and foremost. For once one is dealing with a breakdown of human relationships this must always be the first option, however difficult.

“If, as happens in families, the Church, and the workplace, reconciliation and discipline become impossible, then we must act decisively for the greater good, especially where time becomes a critical factor . . . therefore, what some have viewed as indecisiveness has really been compassion and empathy,” Mottley said.


She also disputed Gollop’s claims that the nine charges against Dr Agard had been brought by  the National Council, saying they were actually brought by Dr Walcott, in his capacity as general secretary of the BLP.

Mottley also promised BLP supporters that “extensive consultation would be made with them before a new representative was chosen”.


34 Responses to Absolutely callous!

  1. Big Brown November 23, 2015 at 1:37 am

    What absolute nonsense. You advise the woman to walk out denying her the chance to be heard and now complaining that a decision was made in her absence.

    Furthermore, Miss Mottley explained that the General Secretary was the one bringing the charges, not the National Council and he was not present for any decision in the matter. You have not presented all the facts Mr. Gollop.

    Who else is qualified to make a determination of what happens in their Party than the National Council representing all 30 constituency branches and the youth and women’s arms. What would you have them do Mr. Gollop bring somebody from the DLP to make a determination? Gimme me a break man!

  2. Hunte Omar
    Hunte Omar November 23, 2015 at 2:04 am

    I am in shock, after having raised concerns about the process by the DR.Agard legal team, one would taught any action would be deferred until those concerns were address . To expelled Dr.Adgard oblivious to the concerns of her legal team and in her absence , demonstrates a lack of respect for due process . Is this the party that wants governance in Barbados? I do hope not.

    • Coloured Man
      Coloured Man November 23, 2015 at 7:21 am

      B4 talk get ur fact rite thank u

    • Prince Shepherd
      Prince Shepherd November 23, 2015 at 7:48 am

      She had more than one chance to get it right

    • Hunte Omar
      Hunte Omar November 23, 2015 at 9:59 am

      Prince Shepherd you are missing the point. There are something call correct procedure govern by the law of natural justice. You can’t resolve an issue in the mix of confusion.

    • Hunte Omar
      Hunte Omar November 23, 2015 at 10:01 am

      Coloured Man The facts are cleared BLP under Mia is a gross error that needs to be corrected before the next election. The DLP had a similar issue they handled it decent. Take a leaf from thier book.

    • Coloured Man
      Coloured Man November 23, 2015 at 10:07 am

      Hunte Omar what’s error mia is a better leader than the pm get ur facts son you Dont know what’s going on king man I Dont talk unless I know this is the 3rd branch she had problems with in 2 years king man from own time great work mia

    • Hunte Omar
      Hunte Omar November 23, 2015 at 10:13 am

      Coloured Man This is a gross insult not only to my intelligence, but to the PM. I am not taking you serious. Go and talk to Owen and George. I do have my facts. The BLP stand a better chance under a man .

    • Coloured Man
      Coloured Man November 23, 2015 at 10:15 am

      Hunte omar enjoy life cant talk to a fool

    • Donild Trimp November 23, 2015 at 10:20 am

      Omar Hunte, you do not know what you are talking about.

      Did you not read that Dr. Agard and her legal team walked out of the meeting?

      This Dr.Agard seems to be lacking in common sense qr seems to be getting very bad legal advice.

    • Hunte Omar
      Hunte Omar November 23, 2015 at 10:21 am

      Coloured Man You are correct you couldn’t use a better word to describe you self

    • Hunte Omar
      Hunte Omar November 23, 2015 at 1:26 pm

      Coloured Man in my view is nothing more but a fool comparing apples with sour grapes. Hence he is the fool as I have indicated.

    • Hunte Omar
      Hunte Omar November 23, 2015 at 1:28 pm

      Myron York I dismissed Coloured Man as nothing more than the fool he says he is.

    • Coloured Man
      Coloured Man November 23, 2015 at 2:41 pm


      1. After the National Council is assembled and quorate, the Chair invites the MP and her attorney-at-law to join the meeting.

      2. The Chair outlines the procedure as follows at (3) to (10) below.

      3. Three charges will be taken together in a group.

      4. The General Secretary will read the charges and particulars in the group and then present the evidence including any relevant documents in support of the charges.

      5. When the General Secretary concludes his presentation on a group of charges, the MP shall be invited to reply to the charges in the group and provide her defence/explanations to the charges in the group.

      6. When all the charges have been presented and responded to, the General Secretary will address the National Council for no more than 20 minutes and shall address the overall charges, including the form of discipline being requested.

      7. The MP shall then be invited to respond by way of an address to the National Council for no more than 20 minutes.

      8. On conclusion of the MP’s address, her attorney-at-law will be invited to address the National Council for a maximum of 30 minutes.

      9. The General Secretary will have a right of reply on any mis-statement or inaccuracy for a maximum of 15 minutes.

      10. Thereafter, the General Secretary, the MP and her attorney-at-law will withdraw from the meeting while the National Council deliberates.

      11. When the National Council has reached a decision, the General Secretary, the MP and her attorney-at-law shall be invited to rejoin the meeting to hear the decision of the National Council.

      Dated this day of 2015

    • Coloured Man
      Coloured Man November 23, 2015 at 2:41 pm

      Facts not talk

    • Hunte Omar
      Hunte Omar November 23, 2015 at 4:51 pm

      Myron York you couldn’t respond better to the blasted idiot.

  3. Stanton Peace
    Stanton Peace November 23, 2015 at 6:53 am

    Any idiot would know that this was going to happen. How could you be surprised,bad advice from close friends is what has her in this sorry state.

  4. zeus November 23, 2015 at 7:03 am

    I would like to hear attorney at law and expert on unfair dismissals Ralph Throne on this matter

  5. jrsmith November 23, 2015 at 7:05 am

    This matter , should not have been played out ,in public, we in Barbados ,continuously , accuse our young people of bad behaviour, but this lady’s title says DR, she suppose to be an educated person , with ghetto attitude and bad behave, I do hope our kids don’t accept this as good behaviour. this matter should never ,be played out in public.

    BLP, members, must ask themselves a soul searching question ,they should think back as to certain members and ex members of the party, they behaviour as well.

    I am continuously saying , how bad, our so call upper society and management behave in Barbados , coming from this present form /behaviour, look how bajans are treated. sad , sad.

    • Donild Trimp November 23, 2015 at 10:26 am

      JRSmith, I am thinking along the same lines as you.

      This Doctor seems to lack common sense. Her Attorney is lacking in common sense also.

      Is this what Barbados is coming to now? Educated fools.

  6. Jean Lovell November 23, 2015 at 7:15 am

    Maria should have been sent packing long time. She has not been a representative for three years yet and has had problems with three elected Executives to date. How many more?
    Her Q.C is no position to talk about justice, when he is representing a bajan man who has deprived many of their hard earned savings in Clico by questionable means.

  7. Prince Shepherd
    Prince Shepherd November 23, 2015 at 7:55 am

    Every chance from the branch level right up to the executive she seemed not to cooperate and appeared to be advised by ppl that are known to have agendas

  8. Adrian M Chase
    Adrian M Chase November 23, 2015 at 9:29 am

    That’s why we as a people can’t progress.
    What does the political affiliation of her lawyer has to do with representation?
    She had an official invitation and as shadow minister of Health, her being present at the opening of the new clinic which is to serve all Bajans regardless of political affiliation.
    Where and why is this an issue?
    By that logic, I guess only DLP voters will be treated at the new clinic?

  9. Hunte Omar
    Hunte Omar November 23, 2015 at 10:19 am

    Correct Adrian and Jaco people judgement is often clouded by a lack of common sense resulting from a closed mind, party loyalty and ignorance.

  10. Adrian M Chase
    Adrian M Chase November 23, 2015 at 10:20 am

    It’s all they know Jaco…smh.

  11. Adrian M Chase
    Adrian M Chase November 23, 2015 at 10:41 am

    ^^^^Case in point. Thanks for proving all that was discussed…smh.

  12. Adrian M Chase
    Adrian M Chase November 23, 2015 at 10:42 am

    I guess by the same flawed logic, no one else has a constitutional right to say what they feel or make any observations also.

  13. Cumberbatch Sophia
    Cumberbatch Sophia November 23, 2015 at 10:53 am

    Hmmmmm you still worrying bout I going and study for my exam.

  14. Adrian M Chase
    Adrian M Chase November 23, 2015 at 11:23 am

    Good luck on your exam. 😉

  15. Andrew Rudder November 23, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    We may refur to the late Michael Jackson’s hit song ”
    One Bad Apple going Spoil the Whole Bunch Now”! It’s a moment of reflection, unity and unison.

  16. Cumberbatch Sophia
    Cumberbatch Sophia November 23, 2015 at 12:20 pm


  17. ian brathwaite November 23, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    Lots of bickering here but,It’s good to see the constituents discussing the the matters that would make or break Barbados. Leave out the personal insults and focus on the issue at hand.If their is one thing I know for sure is that “Barbadians know and love to talk politics”…..Keep up the constructive commentary and be a bit more analytical.

  18. Janette Reifer
    Janette Reifer November 23, 2015 at 2:56 pm

    Don’t mind Hal Gallop. He like galloping too much. He and Agard the same. He doesn’t respect rules either. I can remember when he use to park his car in a particular government building area where he was not supposed to park. You could preach like Peter and pray like Paul. He continued to park and his son also. That is why he would agree with Agard. Two the same. He and others just like him, think they own Barbados. I know they don’t own me. Believe it or not !

  19. Coralita November 23, 2015 at 6:28 pm

    This place is bare comedy and the thing is, the Laff it off crew not Trevor Eastmond aint here. LOL Murdah


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