Col Burch’s cookies are not for sharing

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  • All dressed up: PLP candidate David Burch at the polling station in Warwick South Central (Photo by David Skinner)

    All dressed up: PLP candidate David Burch at the polling station in Warwick South Central (Photo by David Skinner)


Hamilton West candidate Wayne Furbert got the feeling luck was on his side when, just ten minutes before the polling station door closed, a voter walked in to cast her vote. After exchanging pleasantries with the voter, Mr Furbert turned to his wife and said: “That was the last person I visited when I was out canvassing.”

That voter was also the last person into the polling station to cast her vote and soon after the doors closed Mr Furbert departed into the night, confident that victory was his. He estimated that he would win comfortably and the margin might have been even bigger had there been a greater turnout of registered voters. A total of 878 people cast their vote out of 1,188 registered to do so. The new boundary moved 241 voters to Smith’s North.

In Hamilton East, incumbent Derrick Burgess had a light-hearted quip when asked if he had seen many young voters turning up.

“Younger voters? Tell you the truth, the young voters all look as old as me,” Mr Burgess told The Royal Gazette.

Warwick North Central PLP hopeful Lt Col David Burch did not win any kudos from two young supporters of Roderick Simons, running as Independent in Warwick North Central.

They said proudly they had brought Mr Simons noodles for lunch much better than a boring sandwich.

“Did you share some with Col Burch,” they were asked of the PLP candidate standing nearby.

No,” they said. “But he did not give us any of his cookies.”

Still on food, Warwick North East MP Dale Butler was very grateful to rival and friend Mark Pettingill, who provided him with breakfast, sandwiches for lunch and dinner.

“All my team brought was popcorn and water,” he complained with a chuckle.

Meanwhile, disappointed Smith’s North PLP MP Patrice Minors, who lost the constituency last night to challenger Michael Dunkley, took a sanguine approach to defeat.

Asked what she’d do next, Ms Minors cracked a smile and said: “Tomorrow I have coleslaw to make with my daughter.”

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Published Dec 18, 2012 at 8:00 am (Updated Dec 18, 2012 at 3:59 am)

Col Burch’s cookies are not for sharing

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