East­mond will do all to help Agard

Daily Nation (Barbados) - - Parliament -

WILL IN­DE­PEN­DENT Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment for Christ Church West Dr Maria Agard be run­ning on a United Pro­gres­sive Party (UPP) ticket in the next gen­eral elec­tion?

If she does, she will cer­tainly have the back­ing of that party’s chair­man, Lynette East­mond.

Speak­ing at a meet­ing Tues­day night at Notty’s Va­ri­ety in Hay­nesville in sup­port of the UPP can­di­date for St James South Christal Austin, East­mond said she would do “ev­ery­thing” she could to en­sure Agard’s po­lit­i­cal ca­reer was a long one.

Agard was among the politi­cians at­tend­ing that meet­ing.

While Agard did not speak, for­mer Bar­ba­dos Labour Party can­di­dates, now UPP can­di­dates David Gill and Hud­son Grif­fith threw their sup­port be­hind Austin, a pub­lic re­la­tions con­sul­tant and busi­ness­woman.

East­mond said: “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. 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,” said East­mond, a for­mer min­is­ter and se­na­tor in the Owen Arthur ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Af­ter Agard was ex­pelled from the BLP in Novem­ber 2015 for her fail­ure “to recog­nise the le­git­i­macy of a demo­crat­i­cally elected branch of this party”, “to be guided by the party’s coun­cil” and was said to have had “fun­da­men­tally an is­sue of dis­ci­pline and re­spect for au­thor­ity and will­ing­ness to work to­gether in an or­gan­i­sa­tion with other peo­ple”, she fought the de­ci­sion in court and con­tested the fair­ness and le­git­i­macy of the BLP’S Na­tional Coun­cil to ex­pel her. East­mond was one of her lawyers. She re­cently re­turned to the House of As­sem­bly, on Septem­ber 26, af­ter a pro­longed ab­sence. ( GBM)

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