“Clarke ‘not crossing the floor’”

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Barbados Labour Party (BLP) Member of Parliament Gline Clarke will not be entertaining talk about crossing the floor to form an opposition against Prime Minister Mia Mottley.

Clarke, who chalked up his sixth win of the St George North constituency in last Thursday’s 30-0 General Election “redwash”, said selection of a Cabinet was done by a Prime Minister and if one did not “catch the eye” that should not be a problem.

“I have not met with anybody in terms of crossing the floor or anything of that nature and I want to deny any involvement with anybody who tries to put me in these things,” he told Starcom Network yesterday.

He said he felt that any action to cross the floor should come only if an individual went back to the people who elected them in the first place.

“If a person wants to cross the floor, first of all you should go back to the people because you have been elected by the BLP or whatever party’s representative  . . . so I am philosophical[ly] opposed to persons who want to cross the floor based on the fact that I am a Member of Parliament and unhappy with anything,” said Clarke, who was offered the position of Deputy Speaker.

“I have been offered a position and I have accepted for the party’s sake; and you are never happy with what you are given; you have to make the best out of what you are given. It’s not a personal thing – it is something that is good for the country and the good of the party,” said Clarke, who was once a Minister of Housing and Lands as well as Minister of Transport and Works. (JS)