Business and pleasure mix for Dems
Entertainment blended with some serious reflection on the Government’s tenure for last night’s Democratic Labour Party (DLP) Presentation Of Candidates, as it makes a bid to regain control of Government in the 2018 General Election.
The 26 men and four women, who include five new faces, made their united appearance at the Bay Street Esplanade, St Michael, last night, alighting around 7:20 from the People’s Army bus emblazoned with the likeness of all 30 of them.
By 7:43 p.m., the parade of candidates, passing through a jubilant crowd of placard-bearing supporters, had settled on to the stage constructed across from the seat of political power, Government Headquarters.
Earlier, Aziza, Scrilla, Stiffy, MrBlood and Mistah Dale entertained the crowd, with Mistah Dale and MrBlood performing the campaign song The People’s Army.
First speaker, Denis Kellman, candidate for St Lucy and Minister of Housing and Lands, defended the Government’s record in housing and promising, if re-elected, several new housing projects. He was followed by newcomer Kim Tudor who reviewed the social services delivered by the DLP against the great odds brought on by earlier economic hardship.
While Minister of Commerce and St James South candidate Donville Inniss dealt with the party’s work in health, and international and small business, Minister of Labour Dr Esther Byer Suckoo, the St George South hopeful, reminded those on hand about the party’s work in increasing the minimum wage and laws protecting workers’ right.
The night showcased the five political newbies – St Michael North’s Kim Tudor, St Michael South East’s Rodney Grant, City of Bridgetown’s Henderson Williams, St Peter’s Dave Cumberbatch and St Michael East’s Nicholas Alleyne. (AC)