St Joseph MP not prepared to welcome back Rommell Marshall
Given his recent interest expressed in contesting a seat for the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) in the upcoming general elections, it appears that former St Michael West Central MP Rommell Marshall is ready to bury the proverbial hatchet and return to the BLP political fold. But not if St Joseph MP Dale Marshall has any say on the matter.
In an interview with Barbados TODAY, the former Attorney General today issued a strong warning to the BLP that his former colleague, who he has come to regard as his political nemesis, must not be taken seriously.
While noting that the BLP had embraced individuals from across the political divide before, the St Joseph MP was adamant that Marshall, who had openly “vilified” the party, as well as several of its candidates in the last election, was simply not welcome.
The Opposition MP was equally adamant that the former St Michael West Central representative should never contest another election on a BLP ticket.
“It should come as no surprise that I would have grave difficulty with the BLP if it embraces Marshall as a candidate in this or perhaps any general election.
“Rommell Marshall very publicly canvassed against both myself and St Andrew MP George Payne, but certainly myself in the last general election across the length and breath of St Joseph. He spoke almost nightly on [the ruling] Democratic Labour Party platforms. He spoke very scathingly about my level of representation of my constituents and he had some very bad things to say about the BLP as a whole,” he recalled.
The St Joseph MP, who said he publicly commented on the matter for the first time at meeting in his constituency last night, noted that Marshall had resigned from the BLP ahead of the 2013 general election, while arguing that his interest in contesting the next general election on a BLP ticket did not merit any serious consideration.
“Obviously Marshall can only run as a BLP candidate if he is a member of the party. That he should even think that he should be taken seriously is regrettable,” the former
AG explained, adding that it was “frankly absurd” for Marshall to think that he could “come now and want to run alongside those same candidates and expect an air of collegiality”.
“He must know the party rules. The mere fact that he considers that he should be seen as a political candidate in the next general election must mean that he has intentions of rejoining the party,” the former Attorney General said.