Weir travels from north to south
He was unsuccessful in his last outing in St Philip North against Minister of Transport and Works Michael Lashley, who soundly defeated him by well over 2,000 votes in the general election.
Now businessman Indar Weir has travelled south in search of better political fortunes.
The owner of a travel agency which carries his name is among a group of four people down to contest the Barbados Labour Party’s (BLP) nomination in St Philip South on Sunday, June 5 at the Hilda Skeene, Primary School, St Philip.
The others are Mona Alleyne, assistant sports director at the National Sports Council; Sylvan Greenidge, the former personal aide to former Prime Minister Owen Arthur and Ahmed Proverbs, an ex-police officer and former St Catherine and national cricketer.
However, Weir, who garnered 1, 974 votes to Lashley’s 4,053 in the 2013 poll while representing the BLP in St Philip North, is very confident that he will get the nod to carry the Opposition party’s banner in St Philip South, in which the party was last represented by economist Anthony Wood.
When contacted yesterday, the businessman, who is also the BLP’s public relations officer, told Barbados TODAY that he was spending the entire day in the constituency “cleaning up” the electoral list for the St Philip South constituency in preparation for the next general elections, which are constitutionally due in 2018.
In the meantime, BLP General Secretary Senator Dr Jerome Walcott told Barbados TODAY that so far the party has not received any formal expressions of an interest from anyone contest the St Philip North constituency.
However, he said as many as five candidates had expressed an interest in contesting the St John constituency currently held by Mara Thompson.
They are former BLP candidate Hudson Griffith, who unsuccessfully contested the Democratic Labour Party stronghold twice for the BLP; businessman Keith Rayside 111; political scientist Dr George Brathwaite, businessman Dale Lashley, public servants Charles Griffith and Fabian “Dandelion” Jones.