BLP battle on

Marshall backing Payne in lawsuit against Hinkson

The defamation lawsuit filed by St Andrew member of parliament George Payne against his Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) colleague Edmund Hinkson is moving ahead.

And standing firmly in Payne’s corner is another BLP parliamentarian Dale Marshall. The St Joseph representative has filed a statement in the Supreme Court, dated August 8, 2014, in which he gives evidence that the claimant in the case, Payne, was grievously slandered by comments made by the defendant, Hinkson, who is the MP for St James North.

Hinkson allegedly made the offending comments during a BLP parliamentary meeting last year that was called to deal with the issue of the party’s political leadership following the Democratic Labour Party’s victory in the February 13 general election.

St James North MP Edmund Hinkson
St James North MP Edmund Hinkson

Marshall, who chaired the February 25, 2013 meeting, said St Michael North East MP Mia Mottley was the only person who emerged as a candidate for the leadership and Payne had commented on the issue of whether she was fit to lead the party.

In his detailed five and half page statement, Marshall, who shares a law practice with Payne, also identified some of the allegations which Payne thought Mottley should explain before she assumed the postion of Leader of the Opposition.

St Andrew MP George Payne
St Andrew MP George Payne

Marshall pointed out that immediately following Payne’s allegations, Hinkson intervened and made the defamatory statements against the claimant.

As Chairman of the meeting, Marshall said he could see the looks of “horror and consternation on the faces of the other people around the table”.

“I was personally horrified by the attack on the reputation of the claimant [Payne],” he said, adding that Hinkson’s outburst was “irrelevant to the discussion that was taking place at the meeting”.

In his own defence, Hinkson had previously stated that he had withdrawn his comments.

However Marshall said the St James North MP “was not allowed to, nor did he specifically advise the members present of an unreserved withdrawal of comments made”.

“Whenever he attempted to speak on the matter of the lawsuit [at a subsequent meeting], the Chairman of the meeting refused to allow him to address the subject,” Marshall said.

Barbados TODAY understands that two other parliamentarians have lodged statements in the Supreme Court confirming that the defamatory statements were made against the defendant, while another parliamentarian has promised to enter evidence in defence of Hinkson.

There are also reports that attempts by elders of the party to have the matter settled out of court failed, while it is unclear if Mottley has used her office to bring both parties to an amicable settlement.

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13 Responses to BLP battle on

  1. Badd Hombre
    Badd Hombre November 5, 2014 at 5:30 am

    You are the absolute worst.. You all allowed internal wrangling to cost you all the last elections.. Now instead of letting by gones be by gones and push full steam ahead you looking continue with this foolishness!!.. If you all aren’t careful it may be a 3rd straight defeat!!… #disappointedmuch

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  2. Badd Hombre
    Badd Hombre November 5, 2014 at 5:30 am

    You are the absolute worst.. You all allowed internal wrangling to cost you all the last elections.. Now instead of letting by gones be by gones and push full steam ahead you looking continue with this foolishness!!.. If you all aren’t careful it may be a 3rd straight defeat!!… #disappointedmuch

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  3. PJ White
    PJ White November 5, 2014 at 5:40 am

    Y is it every time the present administration is setting up to do something ludicrous, (give tax certificates in exchange for money) something about the Opposition’s internal wrangling comes up again. Ppl Dont seem to question that these distractions are put at convenient times! It’s just like a case of the indigenous ppls and the settlers. Give them shiny objects in one hand while stealing their valuables with the other. Smh

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    • Linda Freeman
      Linda Freeman November 5, 2014 at 6:53 am

      I am sorry I couldn’t like your comment a hundred times a lot of blasted pettiness that can be handled internally but they the Barbados labor party needs to be united at this time and stop nick picking and work as a united team towards one goal and that is representing the people of Barbados stupppssse tired of this foolishness

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    • Michael Parris
      Michael Parris November 5, 2014 at 8:27 am

      They were not all that united when in government either but but they did try to give that impression..

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  4. Dawn Franklin
    Dawn Franklin November 5, 2014 at 5:55 am

    Other people can’t get a court date but this could be brought up at this time . Two grown ass men can’t work out this and want to deal with the country affairs

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  5. Tony Webster November 5, 2014 at 6:13 am

    I cyan believe dis. Someone might “win”. But fuh sure , all gine lose: de big bucket o’ milk dat already brimmin’ full, and smellin’ sweet …gine get kick-down by de cow. Stupid cow?

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  6. David Gibson
    David Gibson November 5, 2014 at 6:31 am

    george payne has nothing to loose , there is no chance of him ever making it in mia’s cabinet. he will always be a back bencher.

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  7. David Gibson
    David Gibson November 5, 2014 at 6:31 am

    george payne has nothing to loose , there is no chance of him ever making it in mia’s cabinet. he will always be a back bencher.

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  8. Linda Freeman
    Linda Freeman November 5, 2014 at 6:50 am

    I couldn’t have said it any better this could have been dealt with internally now something like this has made it into the media outlet once again I have been saying this for a while now until the Barbados labor party can prove to the electorate that they are the party to lead this country back to economic growth then we can say goodbye at winning the next general elections I will continue to say that they have to unite and the electorate is watching all your moves.

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  9. Tony Waterman November 5, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    Why does Mia not Show that she has !!!!!!!! and Kick those Political Parasites OUT of the Party. this does not make HER or THE PARTY look like a GOVERNMENT IN WAITING.

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  10. jr smith November 5, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    Have no sympathy in this matter. I always know one day someone political or respectable business person, would end up on the wrong end of the law.
    These type of people, in Barbados ,always seems to think ,they say what they like, about who they dislike, when they like.

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  11. Patrick Blackman November 6, 2014 at 10:59 pm

    Two silly people saying and doing silly things when they claim they have the interest of poor people at heart, cut the crap and start working to better the lives of poor people.

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