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Wade Gibbons

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THE?BARBADOS LABOUR PARTY [BLP] will soon be on the hunt for two new senators.
This after Liz Thompson and Arthur Holder tendered their resignations.
And it appears that those resignations are likely to be accepted.
Opposition Leader Owen Arthur confirmed to the SATURDAY SUN yesterday that in consonance with accepted convention when there was a change of party leadership, Holder and Thompson, had written him and placed their “appointments at my disposal”.
He added a decision would now have to be made as to who would represent the interest of the BLP in the Upper House.
Holder replaced former St James Central MP Kerrie Symmonds in the Senate after the latter resigned on August 13 last year.  
Thompson was appointed to the Senate following the BLP’s 2008 general election defeat. Last year during the Estimates Debate she came under heavy censure because of frequent absences.
While Thompson has indicated she will not be contesting the next general election — constitutionally due by January 2013 — Holder was chosen as the BLP’s candidate for St Michael Central under former Opposition Leader Mia Mottley’s stewardship.
Arthur indicated last month that candidates already selected would retain their positions.
The St Peter MP replaced Mottley as Opposition Leader on October 18 after an acrimonious stand-off where five of the nine members of the parliamentary group opted for a change of leadership.
The former Prime Minister also told the SATURDAY SUN that BLP stalwart Dame Billie Miller, in keeping with protocol, had offered her resignation as the Opposition’s representative on the Electoral and Boundaries Commission [EBC].
But he noted that Dame Billie had been asked to continue on the EBC.
He also indicated yesterday that no final decisions had yet been made as to his shadow Cabinet.
“I cannot announce that until I have consulted with members of the party to see who will accept the responsibility and who will not,” he said, adding it would be improper to assign people to shadow ministries without their agreement.

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