Duguid free to run again in Christ Church West
Late last year he signaled that a return to politics would be contingent on him getting the blessing of his wife and children.
And having cleared that important hurdle, Barbados TODAY understands that former Christ Church West MP Dr William Duguid is now fully ready to make his political comeback.
Though party officials are tight-lipped at this stage, well-placed sources have indicated that Dr Duguid, whose return has come at the expense of fellow dentist Dr Maria Agard, is already a shoo-in to carry the Opposition Barbados Labour Party’s banner in the southern riding in the next general election, which is constitutionally due in 2018.
In fact, the former MP, who held the Christ Church West constituency from 2003 to 2013 before bowing out of elective politics and migrating to Canada, met with the executive of the branch last night, where he confirmed that he had received the blessings of his wife and children to resume his political career.
The sources have also told Barbados TODAY the final decision on his candidature could be reached as early as Friday night during a meeting of the executive, with every indication that it will get the blessing of the group, following the messy departure of Dr Agard on November 22 after she was expelled by the Mia Mottley-led National Council at the height of a bitter internal fight.
In Dr Agard’s absence, the door is now said to be wide open for Dr Duguid, although another meeting is scheduled to be convened to look at the names of candidates who have expressed an interest in contesting the seat on a BLP ticket.
Political Leader and Party Chairman Mia Mottley could not be reached for comment.
However, when contacted the party’s General Secretary Dr Jerome Walcott said he did not have a clue.
“I have not received any official correspondence from any candidate expressing an interest in the Christ Church West seat. I do not know what you are talking about at this time,” Dr Walcott affirmed.
Dr Duguid was equally tightlipped, saying it was too early to comment.
“I will not address that at this stage. As I promised in December last year, I will call a press conference to inform Barbados on my decision,” he told Barbados TODAY.
However, late last year the former MP left little doubt that he was interested, saying he would “seriously”consider calls by constituents for his return after discussing it with his family.
“Obviously I would have to be cognizant of what the people are saying, but I really have to put it to my family because I cannot make a decision like that on my own. This would be something for the family to decide. Once the family gives its approval then I would have to seriously consider it,” he said at the time.
During a tour of the constituency by a team from Barbados TODAY in mid-December, several constituents lauded the quality of Dr Duguid’s representation and called for his return to elective politics.