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UBP ‘interim leader’ says party aiming for Pembroke South West seat

The United Bermuda Party yesterday hinted that it plans to run a candidate in Pembroke South West.

“As we in the United Bermuda Party continue our work to reform and rebuild, we are casting a serious eye focused on this constituency,” said Kim Swan in an e-mailed statement.

Mr Swan declined to elaborate saying further announcements will come from party officials.

“I’m just the interim leader,” he said.

Mr Swan, one of two MPs serving under the UBP banner, thanked outgoing MP Louise Jackson for her parliamentary service to Bermuda and lauded her focus on seniors’ issues.

“We appreciate her stepping up to the plate for the United Bermuda Party just prior to the 2003 election and proving her critics wrong with her tenacity, work ethic and commitment to her Shadow Ministry of Health and Seniors,” said Mr Swan.

He noted Mrs Jackson’s decision to bail out of the party in favour of the One Bermuda Alliance but absolved her of “knowingly violating” the rights of her former colleagues.

“Whilst our good political relationship was severely injured by Mrs Jackson’s participation in the United Bermuda Party’s Executive and Parliamentary Group not affording members in good standing (including former Party Chairman) their constitutional right to a disputes tribunal under the United Bermuda Party constitution, there is no evidence that Mrs Jackson was aware (like some of her colleagues), that they were knowingly violating the rights of their former colleagues.”

Ho continued: “Mrs Jackson has stood out in her own right and stepped out of any shadow of the stellar political career of her late husband, statesman Hon Albert Jackson.

“Her advocacy was single-minded and proved that persons beyond retirement age can and should be encouraged to make a contribution to their country.

“Personally, I enjoyed serving with Mrs Jackson, appreciated how she could handle herself on her feet in the heat of debate, and respected that in the House of Assembly a large percentage of the members could be counted as [her] former students.”

One Bermuda Alliance has confirmed Mrs Jackson’s decision not to stand for elective office in the next election but noted that she will continue to serve the party.

She was first elected to the Pembroke South West seat in 2003 when she won 683 votes against the Progressive Labour Party’s Neville Darrell who won 155 votes.

Mrs Jackson did even better in the 2007 General Election, winning 711 votes against Laverne Furbert’s 145 votes.

The OBA says it has more people willing to run as candidates than there are seats available, and has not yet decided who will run in the district.

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Published February 03, 2012 at 1:00 am (Updated February 03, 2012 at 5:38 am)

UBP ‘interim leader’ says party aiming for Pembroke South West seat

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