Mottley dismisses Pilgrim

George Payne was today unanimously elected Barbados Labour Party chairman, as party leader, Mia Mottley, thumbed her nose at the Democratic Labour Party’s (DLP) General Secretary, George Pilgrim, who had predicted a BLP coup.

Earlier this week Pilgrim said the BLP has been faced with a crisis of leadership since 2013 that would come to a head at this weekend’s conference.

The DLP top official had suggested that the crisis would emerge after a George Payne-led faction attempts to take over the leadership of the Opposition party.

But at the BLP’s executive election proceedings at the Lester Vaughn Secondary School today, the other candidate contesting the chairmanship, Cynthia Forde, withdrew her name, paving the way for a smooth passage of the St Andrew Member of Parliament to the top post.

Members of the BLP at today’s conference.

Forde, the St Thomas MP, was instead elected first vice-chairman, followed by Dwight Sutherland as second vice-chairman, and Edmund Hinkson, the third vice-chairman.

Former BLP government minister, Reginald Farley, was elected treasurer, while Jerome Walcott remains general secretary.

“Let me say how happy I am this afternoon, not only having a team of nominated candidates, but to stand here and salute the Chairman of the Barbados  Labour Party, who has been unanimously elected this afternoon, George Payne,” Mottley said at the beginning of her feature presentation as party leader.

BLP leader Mia Mottley.

Responding to comments of the DLP general Secretary, Mottley said: “I saw where poor George Pilgrim … wished publicly for an implosion of the [Barbados] Labour Party this weekend. He said we would emerge from this conference with three leaders. I think the three leaders he was thinking about were David Estwick, Donville Innis, and Chris Sinckler wanting to challenge Freundel Stuart.”

She described Pilgrim’s statements as “simply the Democratic Labour Party outlining what they believe to be their only hope for salvation in the forthcoming general election, that the Barbados Labour Party fades away and disappears”.

“We are on the cusp of what I predict to you will be one of the largest victories of the Barbados Labour Party in many a year,” Mottley declared.

20 Responses to Mottley dismisses Pilgrim

  1. Phil October 29, 2016 at 10:05 pm

    Is this the same George Payne that said nothing in Parliament at previous sittings? and who was absent so many times? I don’t know. Just asking.

    • harry turnover October 31, 2016 at 7:29 pm

      The man din bring Parliament na gun nor he din teef a cripple money and you got a problem wid de man keeping quiet ?

  2. Brien King
    Brien King October 29, 2016 at 10:11 pm

    When words don’t mean much in a statement, it is a deceitful thing.
    Both parties have issues internally, the question is, which party’s issues would be to its detriment at the next election?

    • Tristan John
      Tristan John October 29, 2016 at 10:11 pm


    • Brien King
      Brien King October 29, 2016 at 10:13 pm

      Yes, this thing auto-spell-check is a pain at times.

    • Tristan John
      Tristan John October 29, 2016 at 10:15 pm

      Ikr. The most important thing however is for your point to be received.

  3. Anne Ince
    Anne Ince October 29, 2016 at 10:13 pm

    Don’t like this problems surfacing….

  4. Ryan Bayne
    Ryan Bayne October 29, 2016 at 10:15 pm

    Well, what I tell yuh. Mia Amor Mottley is back on the controls to destroy Georgie Porridgie lotta long filthy talk when his own party is full of gangsters and pimps. I will listen to the message and come back smoking. #BLPTakingOver2018

    • Angela Maria
      Angela Maria October 30, 2016 at 3:34 am

      Lol. People who support politicians publicly are always good for a joke.

  5. Alex Alleyne October 29, 2016 at 10:24 pm

    WOW, not a “smiling” face. It look like a funeral being attended.

  6. Ryan Bayne
    Ryan Bayne October 29, 2016 at 10:35 pm

    This one is for George Pilgrim because the BLP will be back on its feet again.

  7. Bobby Gilkes
    Bobby Gilkes October 29, 2016 at 11:38 pm

    All i will say on this is none of you all have the popularity as mia ….
    Party before self

  8. Lilian Lloyd
    Lilian Lloyd October 30, 2016 at 5:08 am


  9. Alwin Ellis
    Alwin Ellis October 30, 2016 at 10:47 am

    George Pilgrim is a Johnny

    • Ryan Bayne
      Ryan Bayne October 30, 2016 at 4:51 pm

      More than that. He is a real jackass.

    • harry turnover October 31, 2016 at 7:44 pm

      More than that….He is a used and discarded one.

  10. Helicopter(8P) October 31, 2016 at 10:35 am

    If nationals have nothing innovative and inspiring to the up-lift of our liberalism and prosperity; please allow young Barbadians to have a nation they can call their own. Show them the skills of good debate and democracy without loosing their ethnicity!

  11. harry turnover October 31, 2016 at 7:49 pm

    George Pilgrim…what an IDIOT thou art…..and you got de guts to tell people to STAY TUNED ??….ya FIDIOT !!


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