DLP in the dark about St John

The ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP) is in the dark about who will represent it in a seat the party has held since 1958.

Member of Parliament for St John Mara Thompson, the widow of former Prime Minister David Thompson, is yet to assure the DLP of her candidature for the party in the rural stronghold.

Amid increasing calls for clarity, Thompson remains mum on the issue and the DLP has said it was yet to get an answer on whether the St John MP and mother of three, intended to contest the next general election, constitutionally due next year.

DLP General Secretary George Pilgrim told Barbados TODAY that only Thompson knew the answer to the question of her return and at the moment, the party had no official word on her intentions.

“The only body who could make that decision is Mara. She is the only body who could make that decision about returning. At the moment, there is nothing official that has come to us,” Pilgrim pointed out.

He, however, stressed the party was working assiduously to tie up loose ends as the general election nears.

The St John seat was won by David Thompson in 1987 following the death of Errol Barrow who had won it in every election since 1958. Thompson who became Prime Minister in 2008 held the rural constituency until his death in 2010. In a 2011 by-election, his widow Mara took over the rural riding in a landslide victory. She retained it in the 2013 general election.

Two days ago, political scientist Peter Wickham called on the St John MP to clear the air, noting that rumours continued to swirl around her candidacy.

Wickham argued that Thompson owed it to the people of St John not to leave them hanging.

His comment came on the same day that Minister of Culture and Member of Parliament for Christ Church West Central Stephen Lashley took to social media to deny he was the author of a letter which was purportedly sent to Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, expressing interest representing the DLP in St John.

“We have a right to know as a public whether or not Mara Thompson is running again, and I don’t know how we could let go of that in the public domain.

“We are looking at a general election that is due by the very latest May next year and I think that the people of St John have a right to know whether or not she is running again,” he insisted.

Wickham said a statement from either Thompson or the party’s leadership would put rest any notion of an internal scramble for the DLP stronghold.

The Caribbean Development Research Services pollster also contended that the ruling party was displaying a degree of arrogance by failing to name its full slate of candidates with just mere months to go.

However, the DLP General Secretary said his party’s timelines would not be dictated by outsiders and the party would reveal its candidates only when it was ready to do so.

“We do not discuss the election of candidates at any time outside of the party. It is a very in-house process. The party will treat to this issue at the appropriate time in the appropriate manner,” he added. colvillemounsey@barbadostoday.bb.

47 Responses to DLP in the dark about St John

  1. Meakai October 26, 2017 at 10:36 pm

    Unless Mrs. Thompson has disowned one of her daughters, I am quite certain that she is the mother of at least three girls.

    😐

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    • Milli Watt October 27, 2017 at 9:29 am

      and one a dem running in the next general election

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      • andy g November 11, 2017 at 5:33 pm

        which one? these kids have better things to do than politics. unless they have a change of heart

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    • andy g November 11, 2017 at 5:30 pm

      that’s what he said.st.john mp and mother of three

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  2. Sarah Amlot
    Sarah Amlot October 26, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    To be honest the DLP is in the dark about pretty much everything so no surprises there!

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    • Ali Baba
      Ali Baba October 27, 2017 at 8:30 am

      OH LORD SARAH…BANG ON

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    • Advent Divers
      Advent Divers October 27, 2017 at 8:56 am

      People like you should never have been on this island in the first place,,,, . You come here ,,and bad mouth nationals,,,before you keep your red tails quiet ,Look at all you who are shouting the negativity,,a whole heap of rejects,,,decebdants of Indentured labourers,( Prisoners,,,Thieves,Criminals) Who have not changed to this day…Thats why I will always love the Haitians……They had the Right solution

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      • andy g November 11, 2017 at 5:36 pm

        why did bt allow this comment to surface.

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    • Sarah Amlot
      Sarah Amlot October 27, 2017 at 9:46 am

      Advent Divers I am not sure what you mean by “people like you” – care to explain?

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  3. Heather Williams
    Heather Williams October 26, 2017 at 11:38 pm

    Come into the light. Mara its time to go

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  4. Harry October 27, 2017 at 3:30 am

    A jack ass in a blue & yellow suit will win the St. John seat.

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    • straight talk October 27, 2017 at 9:34 am

      That says something about the people in St. John

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    • harry turnover October 27, 2017 at 2:02 pm

      ….and JOHNNIES will put him or her there.

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    • harry turnover October 27, 2017 at 2:03 pm

      ….and jack asses will put in one of their own.

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    • Big Man October 28, 2017 at 6:44 pm

      Same thing in St.Michael North East any immoral jack ass in a red suit gone clear

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  5. Susan Maynard
    Susan Maynard October 27, 2017 at 4:33 am

    you all in the dark about a lot of thing,wait boo your party got u that u cannot pay your light bill to,

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  6. Eddy Murray
    Eddy Murray October 27, 2017 at 5:29 am

    If i was the PM I would run in St. John.

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    • Javan Carmichael
      Javan Carmichael October 27, 2017 at 5:38 am

      I think this is the PM last time around he sould make way for the new leader of the party to run in St John.

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      • Belfast October 27, 2017 at 11:20 pm

        Isn’t the future DLP leader already well entrenched in St James?

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    • Eddy Murray
      Eddy Murray October 27, 2017 at 6:05 am

      Then let Richard go there then.

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  7. Cheryl Barrow
    Cheryl Barrow October 27, 2017 at 6:12 am

    she should have gone long time ago

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  8. Maaz A Love
    Maaz A Love October 27, 2017 at 6:17 am

    Why the citizens of Bim can’t see an itemized list of price and cost of all spending from both sides…Published that information to the people.

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    • Ali Baba
      Ali Baba October 27, 2017 at 8:38 am

      BUT IT IS THERE IN THE AUDITOR GENERAL REPORT, MAAZ FOR INSTANCE VALERIE HOUSING PROJECT WAS TO BUILD AT 15. MILLION ENDED UP COSTING NEAR 23 MILL, GROTTO TO BUILD AT 18 MILL, ENDED UP AT 27. MILLION DOLLARS NOW 7 MIL OVER FOR VALERIE AND 9 MIL OVER FOR GROTTO IS 16. MILL IN OVERRUNS..THATS AN AREA WHERE OUR TAXDOLLARS ARE DISAPPEARING…..SO WE CAN SEE THROUGH THE AUDIT REPORT….BUT THE POWERS THAT BE WILL NOT INVESTIGATE

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  9. Ronald R Thompson
    Ronald R Thompson October 27, 2017 at 6:18 am

    I hoped ppl of st John wake up and vote her out

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    • Ras October 28, 2017 at 6:47 pm

      I hope the people of St.Michael North East believe in God Almighty that destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah

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  10. Christopher Hill
    Christopher Hill October 27, 2017 at 6:33 am

    good leave because she has done nothing for st. john. they can’t even finish the hospital after nine years.

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    • Ali Baba
      Ali Baba October 27, 2017 at 8:29 am

      IT IRONIC THAT: THAT HOSPITAL STARTED UNDER DEM AND YET CAN’T FINISH STILL UNDER DEM….USELESS BUNCH

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      • Big Man October 28, 2017 at 3:13 pm

        Ali Baboon the BLP going to finish Greenland

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  11. Darson October 27, 2017 at 7:31 am

    Cant touch her : she is protected :
    David asked to look after her and we will :
    hands off
    eyes off .stop worryin about St John .you will not win it>>>>>…..

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    • roger headley October 27, 2017 at 9:03 am

      Really? and he didn’t ask her to look after wunna too? Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

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  12. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba October 27, 2017 at 8:26 am

    WHO CARES! I DON’T!!!! KEEP HOLDING ON TO ERROL WALTON BARROW 59 YEARS LATER………………WHY IS IT THAT THE DLP LIKE THE DARK? BLIND MAN WITH AH BLACK CAT IN AH DARK ROOM, PM IN THE DARK, CAHILL, GROTTO, VALLERIE, TAXPAYERS MONEY,CONCESSIONS, SSA, TRANSPORT, ROADS, BWA, U NAME IT ALWAYS IN THE DARK WITH DEM CLOWNS……..

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  13. roger headley October 27, 2017 at 9:01 am

    The truth is, not just St. John, but the whole of Barbados is being run by two dead men – Barrow and Thompson. Nothing has changed within the party in term of what Thompson mandated on his death bed.

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  14. Harry October 27, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    Roger, really 3 dead men just that is still upright.

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  15. Harry October 27, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    just that one is still upright

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    • roger headley October 27, 2017 at 3:58 pm

      I concur

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  16. charjoy October 27, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    The people of St John backward and stupid and would vote for a pig if it mark DLP. They deserve what they tolerate. Tell them who running what……?stupse. Tell them the night before election, the outcome will be the same

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    • roger headley October 27, 2017 at 3:59 pm

      Hey, don’t lump them all together – between 20 and 24% use their free education wisely

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    • Ras October 28, 2017 at 6:50 pm

      Same can be said of people in St.Michael North East

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  17. Ras October 27, 2017 at 4:33 pm

    I am in the dark also now, trying hard to find out if there will be another coup d’état in the Bee Hive just before election cause my boy tell me Mia can’t lead he, and Georgie keeping quiet and I can’t get hold of Kerry or Daley

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  18. F.A.Rudder October 28, 2017 at 2:14 pm

    Advent Divers you praise the Hatians well then I guess you should be welcomed aboard Haiti and hopefully they allow you to post your oppinions world wide. Your love love for Haiti brings to mind that you have followed the 115 more or less past leaders of the Western Hispaniola. The people of Haiti were liberated by slaughter and blood shed Barbados was independant ruled before Haiti by powers of Parliment. Do the research and find out. After Haiti’s independence the nationals created a civil war and two heads of state ruled Haiti at the same period furthermore two kings ruled afterToussaint Loaverture. I would hope that Barbados remains with its high level of civility and sanitation as in the days past. I wish you well Mr Diver!

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