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The Progressive Labour Party swept the board in the East End last night after it retained all four seats.

It was the second election in a row that the PLP has held the seats in St George's and St David's.

Renée Ming took St George's North with 75.72 per cent of the vote, Kim Swan won St George's West with 70.42 per cent, Lovitta Foggo won the St David's seat with 84.14 per cent and Tinée Furbert won St George's South with 74.60 per cent.

In St George's West, Mr Swan won his seat with 576 votes against Thomas Harvey, the One Bermuda Alliance candidate who won 177 votes or 21.64 per cent, and Dwain Smith, of the Free Democratic Movement, who won 65 votes or 7.95 per cent.

Mr Swan headed straight to St George's Cricket Club to celebrate his victory.

He said: “I would like to thank the voters of St George's West and the PLP team that worked very hard and put their faith in me.”

Mr Swan said he had a list of priorities for the new Parliament.

He added: “Major road improvements are required at Mullet Bay Road — it is a dangerous, winding road with coastal erosion. Several areas along that roadway are seriously dangerous to pedestrians.”

Ms Foggo retained her seat for the fourth election in a row with 663 votes. Antoine Cannonier, of the OBA, got 125 votes or 15.86 per cent.

The four-times winner in St David's, speaking at the election victory celebration at Alaska Hall, said: “I am elated to win; I never take my seat for granted.

“The people have spoken. I have heard many concerns, and my focus and energy will go towards those concerns.

“The parochial issues include street lighting and road works. One of the main national concerns is the economy.”

Ms Ming took 149 votes against James Perry, of the OBA, who had 195 votes or 24.28 per cent. The successful defender of the seat she won in 2017 said that she had the interests of her home town at heart.

She added that she would work with the police “on a long-term proactive policing plan for St George”.

A community police office opened in the Olde Towne last December, but the old police station is still closed.

Ms Furbert was elected in St George's South in 2017.

She was a senator from November 2016 to July 2017 and is the PLP spokeswoman for disability affairs. Ms Furbert took 655 votes to OBA candidate Kimberlee Pitcher's 223, 25.40 per cent of the vote.

Encouragement from a veteran: the Progressive Labour Party's Tinée Furbert gets a hug from the former Speaker of the House of Assembly, Randy Horton, at Holy Trinity Church Hall, Hamilton Parish (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
All smiles: Renée Ming won St George's North, with 608 of 803 votes cast over James Perry, of the One Bermuda Alliance (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
Big win: Kim Swan handlily won St George's West, Constituency 2. Here he greets a constituent at the Penno's Wharf Cruise Ship Terminal (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
List of priorities: Kim Swan hugs his daughter, Zindzi, left, and his wife, Cindy, at the Penno's Wharf Cruise Ship Terminal, the polling station for Constituency 2, St George's West (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

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Published October 02, 2020 at 9:00 am (Updated October 02, 2020 at 8:46 am)

East End remains strictly PLP

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