UPP wants Maria

The United Progressive Party (UPP) has ended all speculation about its interest in independent Member of Parliament for Christ Church West Dr Maria Agard.

UPP leader Lynette Eastmond today announced that she had asked the dentist to join her team for the general election due by the middle of this year.

“If she were to come, of course she would strengthen it [UPP],” Eastmond told a news conference at the party’s headquarters in Strathclyde, The City, adding that the party was awaiting a response from Agard, who has left the public in suspense as to her future political ambitions.

Lynette Eastmond and Dr Maria Agard

Eastmond has made no secret of her desire to have the former Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) parliamentarian on her ticket.

As recently as last month, during a public meeting in West Terrace, St James, the UPP leader said she would welcome Agard, who won the seat in 2013 for the BLP before she was expelled from the party in November 2015 for her failure “to recognize the legitimacy of a democratically elected branch of this party” and “to be guided by the party’s council”. She was also said to have had “fundamentally an issue of discipline and respect for authority and willingness to work together in an organization with other people”.

Agard challenged her expulsion in the High Court with Eastmond as one of her lawyers.

Judge Olson Alleyne threw out the lawsuit at the end of last month on the grounds that it was lodged against the wrong people, on the wrong fix date claim form (FDCF) and in the wrong way.

Following the ruling Eastmond issued a press release on her client’s behalf, stating that Agard would make a final decision on whether to refile the case in conjunction with her family and her attorneys.

At a meeting in Haynesville, St James in mid-October, Eastmond had also said she would do “everything” she could to ensure Agard’s political career was a long one.

“I think [Agard is] one of the most qualified, gifted, thoughtful members of Parliament that we have ever seen in Barbados and I’m sure that everyone agrees that we need her in Parliament in the future,” she had said in the presence of the Christ Church West parliamentarian, who did not address the meeting.

“Her political career must not come to an end. And if I can do anything at all to ensure that this woman,
Dr Maria Agard, continues to contribute to the political life of Barbados, I will do everything in my power to make sure that that happens,” Eastmond had stressed.

Agard’s predecessor and fellow dentist Dr William Duguid has replaced her as the BLP candidate.

24 Responses to UPP wants Maria

  1. John Everatt January 13, 2018 at 4:27 am

    I certainly hope that she will run on the UPP ticket. I live in Christ Church South and she will have my vote if she runs.

    • David Brathwaite January 13, 2018 at 8:44 am

      Her constituency is Christ Church West. How are you going to vote for her – break the law?

      • gsmiley January 13, 2018 at 9:13 am

        Maybe John was being facetious David or he knows something we don’t.

    • Big man January 13, 2018 at 5:24 pm

      Real Real Women to the Fore
      Go Lynette UPP de ting

  2. Mark My Word January 13, 2018 at 5:11 am

    UPP up thee thing Lynette now go for Owen

    • gsmiley January 13, 2018 at 7:12 am


      She’s wasting time.

  3. harry turnover January 13, 2018 at 7:14 am

    Yea, and see if wunna could get Tom Adams too.That would make things more difficult for the DEMS to form the Official l Opposition as Errol Barrow still running DEM from at sea.

  4. Harry January 13, 2018 at 8:00 am

    It appears that this political party comprises of former BLP unsuccessful candidates who have an agenda with the present BLP leader, wow that’s a great platform to begin a campaign on.

  5. milli watt January 13, 2018 at 9:38 am

    very good very good I like this…..

  6. luther thorne January 13, 2018 at 10:25 am

    Look how Maria Agard can become Prime Minister just so.
    It seems that Barbados will have a Female Prime Minister .
    I think the plan here is to pit Maria against Mia. With Owen Arthur in the background they can really UPP de Ting and with the right backings and an eventual Coalition between the anti Mia faction of the BLP and the emerging UPP , the UPP/BLP can make Barbados Great again.

    Brilliant !!

    Kudos to Owen , Lynette and Maria
    This would present a more liberal representation of a BLP perspective. With the presence of Owen Arthur you have a man who can combine the early philisophy of the DLP under the Dipper and the creative imaginative skills exhibited by Tom to really advance Barbados to first World status as a ‘ Developed Country’

    Brilliant !
    I can see Owen licking his Chops and skinning from ear to ear.
    Loves it when a plan comes together.

    Include PUBLIC FLOGGINGS for heinous and violent gun crimes and other crimes on your agenda and you will have my support

  7. Santini More
    Santini More January 13, 2018 at 10:37 am

    Well the BLP certainly don’t want she!

  8. Rhonda Mayers
    Rhonda Mayers January 13, 2018 at 11:11 am

    She can go along
    Birds of a feather flock together

  9. luther thorne January 13, 2018 at 11:50 am

    She has Political worth as an alternative to what is being presented.
    You all seem to be dismissing her.
    Freundel Stuart failed to win an election but is a Prime Minister. He lost. Errol Barrow failed to win his seat at one time.

    These people like Lynette and Maria are people for the times. Maria would make a better Prime Minister than most. As a woman she would change up thinga for sure. Women like to change things and pelt out the old things even old people so its all good

  10. Lilian Lloyd
    Lilian Lloyd January 13, 2018 at 1:29 pm


  11. Lilian Lloyd
    Lilian Lloyd January 13, 2018 at 1:46 pm


  12. Mackar January 13, 2018 at 1:51 pm

    Dr. Agard!!! Please stick to your practice and leave the polatics alone. The only thing you have done is create lots of contraversity .

    This polaticks thing is not for you.

  13. luther thorne January 13, 2018 at 1:55 pm

    She knows if politics is for her or not
    You cant know that for her.
    She is a good woman.
    And as a woman she can achieve
    Women got it hard in politicks doe

  14. petra January 13, 2018 at 3:35 pm

    Both of these two ladies are brilliant. so sorry they left the blp. you all should try and make amends and get back there. should valuable assets to bom wasting time with this third party. so sad

  15. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall January 13, 2018 at 7:34 pm

    Don’t waste your time and lose your deposit, all upp will be soon down.

  16. Angela Griffith
    Angela Griffith January 13, 2018 at 7:42 pm

    That is why you make she do so much foolness in the party

  17. Janette Reifer
    Janette Reifer January 13, 2018 at 9:17 pm

    Every since I said she can go along and forget about Mia because Mia seems to be her cancer. I hope when she joins the UPP she be happy.

  18. Janette Reifer
    Janette Reifer January 13, 2018 at 9:23 pm

    Angela Griffith
    You mean that it was a plan to cause an uproar in the blp so they could form a party. Do you think that they political life is over with this move.


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