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[caption id="attachment_236444" align="aligncenter" width="650"] BLP candidate for Christ Church West Central Adrian ‘Medic’ Forde (centre) with supporters on Nomination Day.[/caption]

Newly elected Member of Parliament for Christ Church West Central, Adrian ‘Medic’ Forde says his landslide victory over Democratic Labour Party (DLP) candidate and former Minister of Culture Stephen Lashley will forever be a reminder to him never to take his constituents for granted.

Forde, a first-time candidate from the Barbados Labour Party (BLP), won every box in his constituency, amassing 3,891 votes to unseat the incumbent who got just 1,131 votes, five years after comfortably winning the seat by 827 votes.

Speaking to reporters at the Deighton Griffith School in the wee hours of this morning after presiding officer Morris Jones declared him the winner, a jubilant Forde said his opponent’s anguish was a reminder of what awaited him should he fail to live up to his promises as a representative.

“I have been given a serious mandate from the people and I cannot now back away from the promises that I made. It is not going to be easy but we have to put our hands to the plough and recognize that the lives of the people matter most,” he said.

“So I am saying to the people of Christ Church West Central that I would move with every sinew of my being to ensure that they get the level of representation that has been sadly lacking for the last 10 years.”

Forde vowed to represent his constituency without apology, even when it may not suit the agenda of his party.

“I will bring this constituency to a level of self-sufficiency that has never been seen before in Barbados, and I will do it whether or not my colleagues are vex or pleased,” he declared.

[caption id="attachment_236721" align="alignleft" width="140"] Ryan Straughn[/caption]

There were equally joyful scenes at the Garfield Sobers Gymnasium where another BLP first-time candidate, Ryan Straughn, was declared the duly elected representative for Christ Church East

He unseated three-time MP Ronald Jones by 2,728 votes. While he expressed gratitude to constituents for the confidence reposed in him, Straughn made it clear that it was time to get down to the business of representation and fixing the country.

There was no sign of either of the defeated candidates at the counting stations when the final tally was announced, and attempts to contact Jones and Lashley were unsuccessful. (CM)

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BLP takes landslide election victory

[caption id="attachment_239071" align="aligncenter" width="650"] Barbados Labour Party supporters listen to the victory speech delivered by political leader and prime minister-designate Mia Mottley at party headquarters.[/caption]

The Barbados Labour Party (BLP) will form the next government, led by its first female prime minister, and based on unofficial results, it will do so without any official opposition.

Counting continued into the early hours of this morning, but Democratic Labour Party (DLP) leader Freundel Stuart conceded defeat and the BLP's Roebuck Street headquarters erupted in celebration as prime minister-designate Mia Mottley, the island’s first female leader, delivered her victory speech just before 4 a.m.

While the 52-year-old Mottley acknowledged there would be celebration, she said it was not a time to gloat but to unite the country to take it forward, and she reiterated her commitment to keeping the BLP’s campaign promises.

Pointing out that today was pay day, she told jubilant supporters that she wanted to give Barbadians a "thanksgiving celebration" this weekend.

She announced that all schools would be closed today, and that with the exception of supermarkets and banks, she had advised businesses to close at 1 p.m.

Mottley said a Cabinet will be appointed by Monday.

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Guyana always had resource wealth

… just not in same magnitude as oil and gas, World Bank official says   MINISTER of Natural Resources, Raphael Trotman, has reiterated that the government is committed to ensuring that a Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF) is established before the production of oil in 2020. Government’s intention was to establish the Fund in the first

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AG urges lawyers to embrace mediation

… says method can cut backlog of cases, deliver timelier justice EVEN as government remains committed to ensuring that mediation is utilised in the judicial process, there are attorneys within the legal fraternity who are not embracing the method in a conciliatory mindset. This came to the fore on Thursday at the opening ceremony of

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All roads lead to Carnival Parade Saturday

AS the activities organised for Guyana Carnival draw near to a close, all roads will lead to the Genesis Road Parade on Saturday where scores of revellers will showcase their elaborate costumes. Speaking to members of the media was chairman of the carnival, Bobby Vieira, who disclosed the parade route. The parade leaves from the

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