Pilgrim and McClean formally express an interest in running in St John

Two well-known Democratic Labour Party (DLP) members have formally declared their interest in replacing Mara Thompson as the party’s representative in St John.

Following the terse announcement made by Thompson on her way into Parliament earlier this month, Barbados TODAY has been reliably informed that both DLP General Secretary George Pilgrim and former
Consul General to Toronto Leroy McClean have written the party expressing an interest in carrying its banner in the rural riding, which has been a DLP stronghold for
59 years.

George Pilgrim and Leroy McClean

When contacted by Barbados TODAY neither Pilgrim nor McClean would either confirm or deny that they had thrown their hats into the proverbial ring again.

However, if successful, this would not be the first political outing by either McClean – who previously ran for the DLP in St George South in the 1991 general elections, but was defeated by Louis Tull of the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) in a race that was also contested by Richard Byer of the National Democratic Party – or Pilgrim, who was defeated in St Thomas by the BLP’s David Simmons in both the 1994 and 1999 general elections.

But with the St John seat considered a much safer bet, both men have sought to seize the opportunity to make a political comeback.

Party insiders say McClean, the former CEO at Barbados Investment and Development Corporation and the current executive chairman of the Barbados Agricultural Credit Trust, is no stranger to St John as he was born and raised in the rural constituency and if confirmed as candidate, would be the first “hometown boy” to represent the incumbent in the crucial seat, previously held by two DLP prime ministers.

Pilgrim is also no stranger to the political arena and is very familiar with the inner workings of the DLP machinery which, sources suggest, could ultimately work in his favour given Thompson’s decision to bow out of active political after taking over as St John representative following the death of her husband, late Prime Minister David Thompson in 2010.

Just last week, political scientist Dr George Belle had identified McClean among three possible replacements for Thompson.

However, since then neither Verla De Peiza nor Dr Esther Byer-Suckoo have expressed any such personal interest in running in the seat, which the party has held since 1958 when its founding father Errol Barrow arrived on the political scene.

Elections are constitutionally due by the middle of next year. But in order to carry the party’s banner, any likely candidate would have to go through the internal process of nomination and ratification by the various DLP organs before then.

18 Responses to Pilgrim and McClean formally express an interest in running in St John

  1. Marilyn Curreny
    Marilyn Curreny November 24, 2017 at 10:45 pm


  2. Jai Khan
    Jai Khan November 24, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    Looka move do!!

  3. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall November 24, 2017 at 10:55 pm

    No to 2 of wunna. Verla is the person that should go there and if this party don’t give her a chance withdraw from politrics

  4. Pullhead Davis
    Pullhead Davis November 24, 2017 at 10:57 pm

    Look how the dems want to give away st.john seat George pilgrim haha

  5. Paul Chestnut
    Paul Chestnut November 24, 2017 at 11:02 pm

    I don’t give a damn who they send… I want the other 29…

  6. archy perch November 25, 2017 at 5:17 am

    Can any of you tell me which constituency seats the crooked Barbados Labour Party WILL win in next year’s general elections.
    I am waiting.

    • harry turnover November 25, 2017 at 7:36 am

      Wait till next year hope that the result for the St.John seat will be the first in for your sake….DEM JOHNNIES got a BIG SURPRISE fa wunna.
      George Pilgrim for St.John ? what the RH !!…Georgie boy..I GINE STAY TUNED.
      Wonder though why Mia and the Bees allowed John ( johnny ma boy ) King to run against David ( pit bull ) Estwick ?
      Does she really believe a’ johnny’ could beat a pit bull ?

    • Randolph November 25, 2017 at 8:07 am

      Archly make sure your heart is good.DEMS will be luck to gain 1or 2 seats.The only persons who would vote for DEM would be diehard supporters and they will need more than that with a swing against them.

  7. Ken Mason November 25, 2017 at 7:14 am

    Leroy should’ve been chosen Eversince

  8. archy perch November 25, 2017 at 9:02 am

    Listen! If you all are so confident you should say loud….say it loud. ” We in the crooked Barbados Labor Party will win —– seats”. I am listening for your whisper )))…. not a word.
    Well, I can say the crooked Barbados Labour Party WILL NOT win the general elections next year. The DEMS will survive, if only by one seat as it happened in 2013. I speak with confidence my friends.
    You rascals have been spreading lies,rumours and innuendos for years now, trying to derail this present government. It has gotten to the stage where you have lied to yourselves so often,that it is hard to either accept or acknowledge the truth.
    But thank God for newspaper stories from yesteryear, which
    display the malpractices of a crooked Barbados Labour Party. Look, the stories of the BLP are heard in some of Gabby’s and Seranaders songs. Steel in dey.

  9. Tony Wiggins November 25, 2017 at 9:43 am


  10. milli watt November 25, 2017 at 10:26 am

    I nominate Robert Mugabe……..at 93 and as a deposed leader accused of wrong doings he would do a better job in St. John

  11. straight talk November 25, 2017 at 10:47 am

    Anything can go there on DLP ticket it will win, anything from pet to human and it don’t have to do a thing for the parish.

  12. Lorenzo November 25, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    Archy Perch you sound desperate ,the writing on the wall.the question which you should be asking is which seats your party will retain and by the looks of it I can see the St John seat,Mr Kellman,possibly Mr M Lashley and Mr Estwick,any one else is in trouble,capice Archy.

  13. Mark My Word November 25, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    Two Dead Horses, two rejects with no pomp or pride have formally declared their interest in replacing Mara Thompson when you got Senator Irene Sandiford-Garner a woman of purpose in the wing waiting, man caw wunna RH from round me do

  14. Mark My Word November 25, 2017 at 12:52 pm

    Verla De Peiza is another Beacon and wunna looking at Bacont

  15. BIGSKY November 25, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    Its not easy to pick a living, from all the dead in the DLP cemetery.

  16. archy perch November 25, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    Archy has written down your predictions Luther, Lorenzo and Randolph. Two to three seats which the ruling Democratic Labour Party will take back from the crooked Barbados Labour Party correct. I agree with you-all. Price Mart has already been paid for thirty bodes of Bounty napkins to wipe the tears from your bosotted faces when defeat devours your ambitions.


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