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Two Cabinet Ministers and a Senator are believed to have been given their walking papers by Premier Paula Cox. Last night sources said that both Estates Minister, Neletha Butterfield, and Minister of Transport, Terry Lister had been informed that their services as Cabinet Ministers would no longer be required. And Senator LaVerne Furbert was also said to have been relieved of her senatorial duties. No official statement has been given. However, an announcement is expected to be made today with replacements for the three sworn in on Wednesday. The news comes on the heels of Premier Cox's announcement of 'bold moves' to come at the close of the PLP's Annual Conference Banquet on Saturday night. She said then that she would be taking 'some bold steps' that may not be popular in some quarters. And referring to the fact that she had completed her first year in office, Ms Cox said: 'A year gives you a chance to get into a rhythm. A year also allows you to understand your strengths and weaknesses and also the weaknesses within. And it also gives you a launching pad for taking some risks and also making some bold steps.' She added: 'Not everyone will like it but it will be the benchmark because now a year is under one's belt and it's time to move on, and time to also shake it up a bit.' Some at the conference speculated that she would be reshuffling her Cabinet. Transport Minister Terry Lister is highly regarded within the PLP and has served in a number of portfolios since the Party came to power in 1998. He and Dale Butler were contenders against Ms Cox for the party leadership in October 2010. Ms Cox handily won that contest. Minister Butterfield has also served in a number of Cabinet posts. 'At the appropriate time, all will be revealed,' said Dwayne Caines, the Director of Communication and Information.

The Royal Gazette last night tried to contact Mr Lister and Ms Butterfield, and Senator Furbert to respond to the news, however, as of press time this newspaper had not received any comment from the three politicians.

A high-profile casualty - Terry Lister has been dropped from Cabinet.
Neletha Butterfield, who recently lost her PLP primary, has been axed from Cabinet.