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PLP wishes Bean a fond farewell

Former Opposition leader Marc Bean (File photograph by Akil Simmons)

Progressive Labour Party chairman Scott Simmons has thanked Marc Bean for his service, after the Leader of the Opposition resigned on Friday.

“We would like to express our sincere appreciation to Mr Bean for stepping into the role as our chief executive officer at a challenging time following our 2012 election defeat,” he said.

“It is without doubt that Mr Bean made a political career of emphasising the party’s position on good governance, education reform and fiscal responsibility, which are essential for social stability and prosperity.

“The PLP has achieved much under his leadership, including blocking anti-Bermudian policies in Parliament, winning two by-elections and re-establishing community-focused fundraisers that defied the economy and addressed the shortfalls on our party balance sheets.”

Mr Simmons wished Mr Bean well in his future endeavours, and acknowledged the “contribution and sacrifice” of his wife, Simone, over the years, as well as the rest of his family.

He added that PLP delegates would be looking to select a new party leader in the coming week.

“In advance, we thank the people of Bermuda for their expressions of support and urge patience during this transitional time,” Mr Simmons added.