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Controversial personalities of 2015


TIM SLINGER AND HEATHER-LYNN EVANSON

Controversial personalities of 2015

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by TIM SLINGER

IT WAS AS unpredictable as forecasting the outcome of a threatening weather system. And just in the second week of a new year, no one would have expected the turbulence generated from such a news report.

In an exclusive January 11, 2015 SUNDAY SUN report, Barbadians read that Speaker of the House, Michael Carrington, a Queen’s Counsel, had “run into hot water with one of his clients”.

John Griffiths, a 78-year-old returning national, had won a civil suit against Carrington, who was ordered by the High Court to pay his client almost a quarter-million dollars, funds which were received and withheld from the sale of a property, as well as various bank deposits.

Carrington did not contest the court matter when it came up for hearing on December 19, 2014, but two days after the news broke he recused himself from the Speaker’s chair when the issue was first raised in the House of Assembly by the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP).

It was the beginning of a controversial issue that sparked debate across the island.

by HEATHER-LYNN EVANSON

HER FACE is probably just as well known now as her former leader Mia Mottley’s.

Dr Maria Agard was supposed to secure the light for the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) in the Christ Church West constituency, continuing the tradition of Sir Henry Forde and Dr William Duguid.

But after months of accusations, allegations and a bitter war of words between herself and the executive of the branch, Agard has found herself out of favour with the BLP, out in the cold and fighting to get back in.

In an historic meeting held by the National Council of the Barbados Labour Party on November 22, Agard was kicked out of the party she had served for the past 17 years.

And with that, she became the first sitting member of Parliament to be expelled from a political party.

For Agard, it was the culmination of events which started with that controversial September 20 meeting to choose a new executive for the Christ Church West branch for the ensuing year.

And, as the saying goes, it was all downhill from there.

Please read the full story in today’s Sunday Sun, or in the eNATION edition.

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