Outgoing president of the Democratic Labour Party, former Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, congratulating newly elected president of the DLP, Verla DePeiza yesterday. (SDB Media.)
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Step up and step forward.
That was the message which new president of the Democratic Labour Party (DLP), Verla DePeiza, sent to the faithful in her maiden address.
DePeiza, who was unopposed, won the favour of the majority of voters in attendance at the party’s 63rd annual general conference held at its headquarters at George Street, Belleville, St Michael, yesterday.
In her address upon being named as president, the former Christ Church West candidate made a rallying call to the packed auditorium, saying that all organs of the institution, namely the Young Democrats, the Democratic League Of Women, the overseas bodies and constituency branches must be rejuvenated if the DLP was to rebuild from the embarrassing 30-0 defeat it suffered in the May 24 polls.
“If nothing else gives us the impetus to move forward it must be the fear of failing. This party is bigger than us. This party has a responsibility to this country and we are equal to that task. I say we because there is without doubt a mammoth task ahead of us.
“We have to repair breaches internally and externally and because I have no interest in wallowing in the wilderness for longer than is absolutely necessary, we must step up and act and address these matters frontally without fear, without favour. (SDB Media)
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