Waiting on Dr Agard
Seven-day ultimatum to opposition expires
Embattled Christ Church West MP Dr Maria Agard took a break today from the divisive politics that has marred her tenure, to celebrate her birthday. As a result, her declared intention to contest her expulsion from the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) in the High Court has had to wait.
“Today is my birthday and the only thing that’s on my mind right now is enjoying my birthday. Any instructions [to her legal team] that I have to give will have to be done tomorrow,” said Dr Agard when told that her lawyer Hal Gollop, QC, had said he was awaiting her final instructions with today’s expiration of the deadline for the BLP to reverse her dismissal.
Last Wednesday, Gollop told a news conference hosted by the former BLP parliamentarian that he had delivered a letter to the party headquarters, addressed to General Secretary
Dr Jerome Walcott, giving the Mia Mottley-led National Council seven days to reverse its decision, or the matter would be taken to court.
Dr Agard wants the court to rule on the fairness and lawfulness of the decision to expel her.
Immediately after her dismissal on November 22, political leader Mia Mottley issued a statement pointing out that, contrary to those who would seek to trivialize them, the nine charges of which Dr Agard was found guilty and expelled were 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 recognize the legitimacy of a democratically elected branch of this Party – her own branch,” the statement said in part.
However, Dr Agard told the media last Wednesday that the nine charges were “frivolous” and that she was expelled because she dared to challenge Mottley.
Efforts to reach Dr Walcott this afternoon were unsuccessful. However, he told Barbados TODAY on Monday that there were no plans to reverse the decision.