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Former Senator Vincent Ingham resigns from the PLP

Former Senator Vincent Ingham has resigned from the Progressive Labour Party.

“The PLP can confirm that Mr Ingham has resigned from the Party. We thank him for his service to the country as a Senator and for representing the Progressive Labour Party as a candidate in the 2012 election,” a party spokesman said.

Mr Ingham served as a PLP Senator from November 2011 until last year’s general election when he ran for parliament, but he was soundly defeated in his bid to represent Pembroke West.

One Bermuda Alliance’s Jeane Atherden who won 62 percent of the vote. Before entering politics, Mr Ingham headed up the Ascendant Group, owner of energy utility Belco.

The PLP would not reveal the reasons for Mr Ingham’s resignation.

“It would be more appropriate for Mr. Ingham, if he chooses, to respond to that question,” the spokesman said.

When contacted, Mr Ingham said he was not prepared to discuss his reasons for resigning or his future plans.

“I am a private citizen,” he said.

Mr Ingham managed to make the headlines in his short career as a politician. In March last year, he called on higher income people and the business community to do its part to stimulate economic recovery.

“They [the rich] need to spend their money,” he told the Senate. “They need to contribute in every way possible to what can trigger activity in our economy whether it be that small job, that roof, that interior modification to the house. Every person with money should be looking at ways to support our construction sector.”

And just ten days before last year’s general election, he created a storm of controversy by claiming that the business community was doing the least to help the Island recover from the recession.

He said: “The Government doesn’t provide jobs. We have got employers in this country and business in this country who are doing some things right now for business reasons.

“They have no social conscience and they are acting for their own interests. By the way, this is the same group of people that are pretty exclusively supporting the other side.

“This is a time for everyone in Bermuda to be working together. The constituent in Bermuda who in my view is giving least of all is the business community.”

Vincent Ingham has resigned as a member of the PLP.

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Published April 11, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated April 11, 2013 at 12:11 am)

Former Senator Vincent Ingham resigns from the PLP

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