DLP goes to its own polls

Members of the ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP) will go to the polls on Saturday to elect the remaining hierarchy to run the affairs of the 62-year-old political institution founded by the late National Hero and the country’s first Prime Minister Errol Walton Barrow.

General Secretary George Pilgrim, already returned unopposed, told the media launch of the e-version of the party’s 62nd annual conference document entitled Barbados First that Prime Minister Freundel Stuart had also been returned unopposed as DLP president.

Pilgrim said the conference, which opens on Friday at 7 p.m., would also see early voting on that day for a special category of membership such as adventists.

He noted that the conference chairman Ronald Jones and Vice President John Boyce would be among those vying for the positions of first to fourth vice president.

The conference will be opened to the general public on Friday, but will be closed the following day, before reopening on the final day on Sunday, when Stuart will deliver his address in a ‘live’ broadcast from 11 a.m.

Pilgrim said the conference document, which will be free to the public, highlights the two key areas of education and health, and also reports on the party’s stewardship of the country over the last nine years.

“We intend to illustrate how we were able to design a set of policies which culminated in what the theme is for the party conference – Barbados First,” the general secretary told journalists at the DLP’s George Street headquarters for this morning’s launch.

“We come together at a time when, as a people, we need to put Barbados first. Let me say that Barbados First was chosen as the theme for this year’s conference as it describes in two words our policy journey. Barbados First does not represent an attempt by this party to involve isolationist policies which would attempt to shut out foreign investment or any outsiders,” he stressed.

Instead, according to Pilgrim, it underscores a value system that speaks to an ethos which has modernized this country.

The DLP general secretary said the concept of Barbados First was nothing new, noting that it embodied a core belief in three important aspects.

“One, Barbados First was delivered by our fore parents’ sweat. Secondly, Barbados First was made possible through the investment in education and health . . . and thirdly, I believe that Barbados First will continue to be defined by the resilience of our people,” the ruling party spokesman stated.

He contended that the conference document was not a manifesto asking for a third term in office.

11 Responses to DLP goes to its own polls

  1. hcalndre August 30, 2017 at 11:30 pm

    You`re not asking for a 3rd term, how can you? you`re begging for forgiveness from a people that you`ll have disrespected for 9 years.

  2. Darson August 31, 2017 at 12:10 am

    Dems NOW Dems Again : set the stage and prepare for the future ,
    Dem till i Die.
    Good luck and hope all go well

    • hcalndre August 31, 2017 at 11:15 am

      @Darson; the worst bajans are treated the more contended they are, Dems Now, Dems Again. More layoffs, more taxes, more failures, we love ya.

  3. Alex Alleyne August 31, 2017 at 8:06 am

    Half a dozen of one , six of the other. In other words “SAME RESULTS”.

  4. Randolph August 31, 2017 at 9:37 am

    That is why we are in the situation we are in now.For 9 years it was Dem first,now after destroyingBarbados,they are ready to put Barbados first.Are bajans so stupid to put Dem back in for a 3rd term?How can they insult the people’s intelligence like this?I will not read theirs-paper nor attend their conference.Stuart did not have the decency to address the country but now wants to do so from their conference?NO WAY.We don’t want to hear you except ir is to announce the Election Day.

  5. David Hall August 31, 2017 at 12:12 pm

    The DLP as a political party can celebrate what it believes to be its accomplishments and that is OK, But to attempt to offer itself as a viable solution in dealing with the country’s social, economic and political challenges in 2017 is unconscionable. The DLP must accept full responsibility for everything happening in Barbados at present, that is the challenge and responsibility of leadership.

  6. ANDAR August 31, 2017 at 3:43 pm


  7. Ronald Stuart August 31, 2017 at 3:51 pm

    I believe we should maintain the current status quo and combat obesity with the inevitable Venezuelan weight loss diet!

  8. Freundel Stuart August 31, 2017 at 3:57 pm

    Freundel Stuart is the greatest Prime Minister Barbados has ever seen.

  9. Saga Boy August 31, 2017 at 4:06 pm

    Dems Now, Dems Again, forward ever, backwards never!

  10. Darson August 31, 2017 at 8:48 pm

    Do you know what you are really saying? Bajans are not just blacks / white or Indians
    some of us believe the country owe us every thing , all we have to do is to Bajan, remain black , poor and complain about foreigners taking our Jobs ,our land ,our culture and all that is for the taking . remember what our Great leader the late Great Right Honorable Errol Walton Barrow said ( we should aspire to owning a part of our Country or one Day we will wake up and find we dont have a Country) was he right or what? The white people are holding what they have , the foreigners are grabbing what they can , and we are asking for blood out of stone, foreigners are coming here and making it big and we bajans cant? Give me a break please.


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