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Doctor could be headed to court

Following last night’s unprecedented move to have her expelled from the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP), MP for Christ Church West Dr Maria Agard could be taking the BLP to court.


Today, Dr Agard’s lawyers said they were in the process of reviewing the matter with a view to asking the High Court to declare the decision by the Mia Mottley-led National Council unlawful.

“We are considering it . . . [but] we await [further] instructions [from Dr Agard]. We want the court to make certain declarations . . . to declare the action as unlawful,” lead attorney for Dr Agard, Hal Gollop, QC, told Barbados TODAY.

The decision to expel Dr Agard came during a lengthy meeting of the National Council at the BLP’s Roebuck Street, Bridgetown headquarters after the Christ Church West MP and her legal team walked out of the National Council hearing in protest, with Gollop contending that the same people who brought the charges against his client were also sitting in judgment of her.

However, Mottley said the Council, after hearing the nine charges presented and the statements from Dr Agard and her legal representatives, determined that she should be expelled from the party as provided for by the BLP constitution.

“These charges, contrary to those who would seek to trivialise them, are fundamental.  At the very heart of it, they go to the respect for the authority of organs of the party, that are critical to its functioning as a mass-based political organisation – in other words, the failure of Dr Agard to recognise the legitimacy of a democratically elected branch of this Party – her own branch,” stated the BLP boss.

“They speak to the failure of Dr Agard to be guided by the Party’s Council – not to further speak to the media on this matter, so as to allow for reconciliation between herself and her branch.  They also speak to her inappropriate conduct, whether in misconstruing the facts in the media or offensive profanities posted on social media.

“And finally, they speak to the failure of Dr Agard to be a team player – and to play her part by attendance at the Annual Conference and a series of nominations in the very parish where she is the only sitting Member of Parliament for the Party,” Mottley said.

She also made clear that the issue was not one of freedom of speech or the ability to manage diverse opinions but fundamentally an issue of discipline and respect for authority and willingness to work together in an organization with other people.

Earlier, one senior lawyer who is familiar with the BLP constitution had told Barbados TODAY that if the matter of the expulsion of the Christ Church West MP went to court, the party would lose since its constitution, though giving it had the right to discipline members, does not say how such discipline ought to be carried out.

10 Responses to Doctor could be headed to court

  1. Alwin Ellis
    Alwin Ellis November 24, 2015 at 4:56 am

    Headed to court for what,we don’t want yuh no more.Turning up for the hearing with two DLP lawyers,no shame at all

    • Angela Thompson Branch
      Angela Thompson Branch November 24, 2015 at 5:17 am

      You do not speak for me in that we though.Do we go to a doctor if he or she is B or D ?

    • Wayne P Hoyte
      Wayne P Hoyte November 24, 2015 at 7:35 am

      Have you all every stop to consider that he may have been her lawyer from way back?

    • Wayne P Hoyte
      Wayne P Hoyte November 24, 2015 at 7:40 am

      Lawyers are people in business …. it’s not a party thing but a right of individuals to have freedom of choice.

  2. Peachesnaddy Brown
    Peachesnaddy Brown November 24, 2015 at 6:37 am

    The ppl don’t want you so what u going to court for????? Go with Dems they will dish you a plate of dirt

  3. Coloured Man
    Coloured Man November 24, 2015 at 7:16 am


  4. Wayne P Hoyte
    Wayne P Hoyte November 24, 2015 at 7:39 am

    It seem that people have forgotten that we have a right to legal representation. We also have a right to associate and not to associate.

    When these fundamental RIGHTS seem to be questioned or prohibited it’s clear that we got problems in this place.

    At time Bajans does mek me SMFH…… this party thing SMFH

  5. Hunte Omar
    Hunte Omar November 24, 2015 at 11:23 am

    This is the right thing to do. The Law Court should rule on the action of the BLP, to ensure that a bad precedent is not set in Barbados. This has serious repercussion for all of us.

  6. Bella Okeya
    Bella Okeya November 24, 2015 at 11:41 am

    Lilian Llyod is just another jackass with nothing to do and no sort of sense…. Here’s what to do mam ..please learn how to single tap for spacing and stop double tapping …u always know for people …. Get a damn life woman

  7. David November 24, 2015 at 10:13 pm

    Some of the people who commented on the article are really showing there RED , Mia when Owen was the party leader and chairman did more that Dr Agard , the battle was in the public domain, she was talking to the press all the time where was this committee, George bell could really shut up on this , he talking party talk and he is missing the bus on this one, THIS WILL HURT THE BLP this expelltion was a bad move get some pop corn and watch the show starring dictator mottley and the jackass council, Sunday was a sad day in the life of the BLP same on you the BLP


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