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The Progressive Labour Party claimed every constituency from Warwick South East to Sandys North with big wins over the rival parties and independents.

The party took seats from the One Bermuda Alliance in Southampton West Central and Southampton East Central and retained its total control over Warwick and Sandys.

Jarion Richardson, in Paget West, will now be the westernmost Opposition MP in the House of Assembly.

Christopher Famous, a PLP campaign strategist and Devonshire East MP, said the OBA had been trounced. He added: “We wiped them out in the west — the entire west is green.”

Kathy Lynn Simmons, who replaced Michael Scott as the PLP's candidate in Sandys North, defeated Free Democratic Movement leader Marc Bean and Jeff Sousa, of the OBA.

Ms Simmons said she felt “elated” and “excited” and that she was “humbled by the confidence that the constituents have in me”.

She added: “You don't take the election for granted, ever. We put the work in, I had a wonderful team and we got the result that we wanted.”

Ms Simmons said the people of Sandys North were “ready for a change”.

He added: “I think they liked what I brought to the table in terms of real activity and community engagement and working together as a collective.”

Mr Sousa, who earlier represented the OBA in Warwick, said: “I enjoyed my time here in Sandys. The people spoke and I'm happy for Kathy.”

He added: “I wish her well. Sandys North is a phenomenal constituency and it really deserves somebody to serve it and serve it well and I hope she does that.”

Other PLP winners in the western parishes included newcomer Jason Wade, who defeated OBA deputy leader Leah Scott in Southampton East Central, and former senator Crystal Caesar, who beat incumbent Ben Smith in Southampton West Central.

Dennis Lister III saw off the challenge of the OBA's Dwayne Robinson in Warwick West by 498 votes to 329.

The biggest margin of victory in the west went to Zane DeSilva, who beat DaQuan Scott, of the OBA, by 630 votes to 78, and Kim Wilson, got 611 votes to 131 for Eugene Dean, of the FDM, and 63 for Nicky Gurret, of the OBA.

Lined up: the Progressive Labour Party's Kathy Lynn Simmons, centre, poses with opposition candidates Jeff Sousa, left, of the One Bermuda Alliance, and Marc Bean, leader of the newly formed Free Democratic Movement at Constituency 36 Sandys North polling station at Somerset Primary School (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)
First time: Christopher Gauntlett, the Free Democratic Movement candidate at Constituency 32, Southampton West, pauses during day (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)
Sign of the times: Dennis Lister III, the Warwick West candidate for the Progressive Labour Party, greets a voter (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)
Zane DeSilva, PLP candidate at Contituency 29 Southampton East (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)
Zane DeSilva, PLP candidate at Contituency 29 Southampton East (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)
Big win: Zane DeSilva, the Progressive Labour Party candidate at Contituency 29, Southampton East, greets a voter at Warwick Camp during the General Election (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

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Published October 02, 2020 at 8:00 am (Updated October 02, 2020 at 2:11 pm)

Green is the colour in the west

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