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New BLP covenant by May

The Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) plans to hold a “mini-conference”, as it continues to press for early general elections.

During Sunday’s Founder’s Day service at St Patrick’s Cathedral, BLP leader Mia Mottley announced that a meeting has been set for May 5 when members and supporters will discuss  “a covenant”.

BLP leader Mia Mottley

BLP leader Mia Mottley

Her announcement was consistent with that of party General Secretary Dr Jerome Walcott months ago when he told a St George North branch meeting that the party will in 2016 hold a mini-conference to discuss a covenant as is gears itself for a snap election following the 50th independence anniversary celebrations.

“On the fifth of May we shall launch our covenant of hope with the people of Barbados, at the Barbados Workers Union, Solidarity House,” she told members and supporters, who packed the St Patrick’s Cathedral yesterday.

“What is required of us now is to go beyond duty and to work together to achieve what neither of us can achieve alone,” she added.

Mottley suggested there was a degree of uncertainty of what lies ahead.

“We need more than ever to recognize that we will not choose the environment, we will not choose the adversaries, we will not choose the challenges, but we will choose the way in which we respond and summon the courage and the grace to face it all.”

The BLP leader recalled the time of the party’s founding in 1938 with a “mission of enfranchisement of our people”, adding, “Whether you are members of this party or whether you are supporters, or whether you are not, we have a duty to work with you all and include you.

“For this mission of enfranchisement, empowerment and inclusion can only be attained by us setting out to work together.”

In further striking an elections tone, she said, “Our country needs us now more than ever. And as we rise to the occasion let us remember that ours is a mission of service, that we are to be stewards in a long line”.

Appealing for a mass turnout next month, she said, “I expect and hope to see all of you and many more”.

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