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BLP the answer, not alternative

CAROL MARTINDALE, [email protected]

BLP the answer, not alternative

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The Barbados Labour Party (BLP) is willing to work with anyone who shares its ideals in its quest to be the answer for all Barbadians, leader Mia Mottley said earlier today.
She was speaking at a service in celebration of the party’s 75th anniversary at the Whitepark Wesleyan Holiness Church.
The Leader of the Opposition told the congregation that she did not believe it was necessary to blindly follow any one party in order to work with it.
“We do not simply want to be the alternative – we must strive to be the answer to the needs and the dreams of all Barbadians,”?she said.
“We must be active, not just in our words, but in our good works, to ease the burdens in whatever way we can. We must labour with all who share our vision and our objectives for Barbados, even if they are not our members and supporters but believe in our cause – we must be the answer for them too.
“When we do so we will remain relevant and ensure that our voice is never silenced and that our work is never silenced and that our work is fuelled by the simple and noble objective to allow all Barbadians to sleep easier and to dig deeper to fight the battles of our times.”  
Mottley issued a call to action to her party, urging them to be the organization in which Barbadians would turn to in the current troubled times.
“To those whose gains are now being threatened by the unrelenting assault on the stability of Barbados; to those whose dreams to conquer the regional and global stage are being deferred; to those who simply want to have the essential luxury of freedom and independence: we say to you all we will continue to be your voice – we will defend you – we will give you back that independence, that freedom and that hope for a brighter future,” she said.
Mottley called on party faithful to “own” the party through their contributions and preserve the legacies of the past while renewing themselves to conquer modern challenges.
She said: “With God’s guidance, I have every confidence in the capacity of this great party to rise to the challenge of becoming truly the answer to many of the social and economic woes in Barbados and the wider Caribbean.
“We must believe and spread the word that if any political party can, the BLP can. We must move onward to commit to the mission and purpose greater than any one of us. If we do that, we can stand tall as a nation, a party and a people.”  (CA)