Organiser’s resignation adds to woes of PLP
A member of the Progressive Labour Party executive has resigned.
Tarik Bean-Darrell, an assistant party organiser for the western constituencies, is said to have stepped down because of health issues.
It comes as the PLP prepares to hold an emergency meeting tonight, called after a clash between the party leadership and Damon Wade, the chairman.
Party sources confirmed Mr Bean-Darrell's resignation after news spread about it on social media last Friday.
Mr Bean-Darrell could not be reached and a PLP spokeswoman did not respond to questions about his departure.
Mr Bean-Darrell's efforts as an organiser were highlighted when he was presented the Leader's Cup by party leader David Burt, the Premier, at the PLP gala at the Fairmont Southampton in November.
At that time, the Warwick South Central branch posted on its Facebook page: “C26 are all so proud of our executive team member for C26 and assistant western organiser Tarik Bean-Darrell for his hard work and dedication to the PLP party, recipient of the Leader's Cup.”
The meeting at the party's Alaska Hall headquarters tonight comes after a unanimous vote of no confidence was passed against Mr Wade, and his resignation was demanded by the party executive last month.
Mr Wade had claimed at a PLP central committee meeting, which was recorded and posted on social media, that he was owed a place in a “friends and family policy”.
Mr Wade appeared to refer to a proposal, masterminded by himself, in the recording, and is understood to involve an energy project at the National Sports Centre in Devonshire, that he claimed could generate jobs and raise funds for investment in black-owned businesses.
Mr Wade said in an e-mail to PLP members seen by The Royal Gazette that he had been given different reasons for the calling of the emergency central committee meeting by Walter Roban, the PLP deputy leader.
He claimed that Mr Roban had “sidestepped the spirit” of the PLP constitution “to peddle the will of the executive and the Premier to further undermine” him.