DLP heat

Ruling party going for Owen’s seat

The Democratic Labour Party (DLP) is ready to turn up the heat on the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) in St Peter.

Addressing a branch meeting in the rural constituency last night, Prime Minister Freundel Stuart expressed confidence that the ruling party would claim the seat in the next general election, which is constitutionally due in 2018.

St Peter has long been a Barbados Labour Party (BLP) stronghold, held by former Prime Minister Owen Arthur for the past three decades.  However, he currently sits as an Independent in the House of Assembly following his resignation from the BLP in July 2014.

Hotelier and former president of the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA) Colin Jordan will contest the seat for the BLP in the next general election. He is expected to go up against lawyer and former teacher Dave Cumberbatch for the DLP.

“I promise you this, if the information that is available to me is correct, there are going to be two new candidates in this constituency at the next election, and the successful candidate for St Peter in the next election will be the Democratic
Labour Party’s candidate,” Stuart said to applause.

“It is time that the Democratic Labour Party establishes a serious and enduring presence here in the constituency of St Peter, and we are going to see to that in the next election,” he added.

Stuart said the DLP was committed to going into the northern parish “over the next few months” leading up to the next general election “because we want to establish a more permanent presence in the constituency of St Peter.

“We intend to win St Peter in the next general election. So if you are going to do that, you have to be well informed so that when you go out there and hear the discussions, you can counter them and defend the Democratic Labour Party stoutly and creatively and convincingly so that the reputation of the party is securely protected,” he added.

Recalling that it was the DLP that led the country to Independence in 1966, Stuart said in the first general elections ten years prior, the DLP only secured four seats.

“So we committed ourselves in 1961 in our manifesto to carry Barbados to Independence and we fought for it,” said Stuart, adding that there were many groups who thought that Barbados should not have become an independent nation.

10 Responses to DLP heat

  1. Ryan Bayne
    Ryan Bayne May 10, 2016 at 6:13 am

    Keep on dreaming, Freundel. There is no way you and Dems will capture St. Peter’s seat this upcoming elections. Just because Owen Arthur is not contesting anymore doesn’t mean the power is gone.

  2. Mark Fenty
    Mark Fenty May 10, 2016 at 6:28 am

    Ryan Bayne, a lot of black people cry down the fact the white folks in America have shown little or no respect to President Obama, but you’re no more different than those white folks because you’re addressing the prime minister on a personal basis. When you ought to show him respect and address him according to his title.

  3. Lisa Moore
    Lisa Moore May 10, 2016 at 6:31 am

    I agree Mark Fenty respect is seriously lacking, the thing that they’re not taking into consideration is that the same measure will be inflicted on whomever else that is elected.

    • harry turnover May 10, 2016 at 7:13 am

      Man the two ah wunna are two typical DLP yard fowls. How is Ryan Bayne disrespecting the PM ?
      Look… go in the yard and pick on some corn instead of Ryan Bayne…STEUPS !!

  4. Fed Up Bajan May 10, 2016 at 9:13 am

    I agree with you harry turnover. This is not about
    disrespecting the PM, this is about people who are fed up with the DLP’s dictatorial style of governing, their “you can take it or lump it attitude”, and if you dare speak out against them they want to haul you in front of the court. I have never seen this type of dictatorship in this country before, even our dear departed Father of Independence must be rolling over in his grave to see all his good work being eroded by his own party – free education coming to an end, free health care coming to an end, social security teetering on the brink of extinction, tax after tax after tax and then some more hitting the middle class to near extinction, government ministers calling people bare pooch fowls, PM talking about ” choke and rob tactics” when the Union tried to stand up for the rights of the downtrodden in this country. I could go on and on about how we have suffered under this government, and how they have disrespected the people of Bdos but that would require enough space to write a thesis. I know they could never win my vote again!

  5. Debera May 10, 2016 at 9:16 am

    I love the comment before mine,DLP gone,things are too slow persons are not foolish,the most that is active now people are losing work DLP know that they are going to lose,it is know maybe,people must learn to face facts.

  6. recoanthony May 10, 2016 at 11:22 am


  7. jrsmith May 10, 2016 at 1:53 pm

    People all bajans are expecting too much from our replacement Priminister, the question should be ask ,why was he chosen because the party had no one better than him, this is where we are at .. a top heavy non productive political party who is standing in the way of progress..
    The present Mr, Priminister talks a lot when he is abroad back in Barbados he call the party faithful , to remind them who’s in charge , we talk about democracy but I cannot see how this is happening in Barbados , no real contact with persons beyond his party

  8. Alex Alleyne May 10, 2016 at 7:27 pm

    A P.M in the Caribbean has a better chance of getting things done than a President in the USA.
    The Caribbean has an Opposition with little or no power , while the USA Perz has the Congress to deal with.

  9. Johnathan May 13, 2016 at 5:53 am

    Respect is earned and Freundel Stuart respects no one. Who the hell cares about him if only for his disrectful to Barbadians. Who ever Mark Fenty is a known yard foul And the Lisa Moore is no different. He gets at DLP meetings and barks at bajans and you talking bout respect.


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