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Eastmond to do all to help Agard

Green Bananas Media,

Added 12 October 2017

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UPP candidate David Gill speaking at the meeting as Independent MP Dr Maria Agard (right) looks on.

WILL INDEPENDENT Member of Parliament forChrist 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 attendingthat 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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