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PLP: We’ll win the election on the doorsteps

The Progressive Labour Party will win the next election on the doorsteps of their constituents, several party candidates said last night.

Speaking yesterday at a public meeting at the Devonshire Seventh Day Adventist Church Hall, Public Works Minister Michael Weeks, along with MP Walter Roban, Senators David Burt and Vincent Ingham and former Senator Walton Brown all stressed the importance of communicating with their constituents rather than relying on the media to deliver their message.

Mr Weeks said: “The election is always won on the door steps. We have got to get out there. As a candidate, my responsibility is to get out there on the doorsteps.”

The meeting, attended by more than 50 people, was held by the PLP as an opportunity for the candidates to voice their thoughts and hear the public’s concerns.

The Minister said that it was an honour to be selected to run for Pembroke East Central following the death of Nelson Bascome, and while he felt a great deal of pressure filling such big shoes, the pressure didn’t let up as violent crime on the Island escalated.

“For the most part it seemed like it was all in my area,” he said.

In an effort to combat the violence, he said he worked with the churches to form the Pembroke East Central: One Community United, and worked to set up neighbourhood watch groups throughout the community.

He also noted his efforts to beautify the community, paving roads and organising to have CCTV cameras and better lights installed and, as the Minister of Public Works, the Job Corps programme.

Mr Roban also focused on local issues facing his constituency of Pembroke East, saying that he has hosted regular clinics in the community.

By listening to the public, he said he was able to tackle issues affecting the residents including having abandoned vehicles removed and working on a retaining wall on The Glebe Road.

He said that his focus as an MP has always been on the community, telling the crowd that he originally turned down positions in Cabinet following his election so he could focus on his constituency.

Mr Brown told the crowd that he believes strongly in the PLP, saying that the party has always put people first.

From talking to members of the Pembroke Central community, he said the issue of jobs is on the minds of many people, but he believes the PLP have a plan.

“I know that this Government is doing a great deal to provide meaningful jobs, sustainable jobs for people,” he said. “This is a challenge, and every one understands that.”

Sen Burt, who will represent the party in Pembroke West Central, said that while the Island has experienced challenges in recent years due to the world economy, the PLP government helped the Bermuda economy grow from 1998 to 2008.

Since the party’s election, the Senator said the PLP has invested in people and the results will help Bermuda bounce back with a well trained and ready work force once the recession ends.

And while Sen Ingham noted that no PLP candidate has ever been elected to the Pembroke West seat that he is targeting, he said: “I’m intending to win it.”

He said he hopes to help beautify the constituency’s public spaces and create a public garden to help bring the community together.

Sen Ingham said he is passionate about the subject of education, and feels strongly that the public education system is on the right track.

“I believe that public education is returning to the place that I experienced,” he said.

“I believe that the PLP is the party. It’s the party of the future. It’s always been the party of the future and I believe that the solutions will be found by this party.”

Michael Weeks Minister of Public Works says the PLP will win the next election on people's doorsteps.

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Published March 27, 2012 at 9:48 am (Updated March 27, 2012 at 9:48 am)

PLP: We’ll win the election on the doorsteps

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