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Butler-Turner Out Of Fnm As She Runs As Independent

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Loretta Butler-Turner

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FNM candidate Adrian Gibson, who will battle Loretta Butler-Turner in Long Island.

By KHRISNA VIRGIL

Deputy Chief Reporter

kvirgil@tribunemedia.net

LORETTA Butler-Turner yesterday officially nominated to run in the 2017 general election as an Independent candidate for Long Island.

According to the Free National Movement’s (FNM) rules, it means Mrs Butler-Turner is no longer a member of that party.

Speaking to The Tribune yesterday, Mrs Butler-Turner said despite all that has happened in the past, she never had any doubts about nominating to run.

FNM candidate Adrian Gibson and G Errington Rolle, of the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP), also nominated to vie for the constituency yesterday at the Clarence Town Administrator’s Office.

“I always had intentions of running again for Long Island, so this is the third time I have participated in a general election,” she said during a telephone interview.

“I guess it’s a little different in that this time I am on my own and I’m standing as an Independent and standing on the convictions of what I believe in.”

She also said: “I have had meetings, people calling me trying to deter me (and) I had an offer from a high ranking FNM trying to move me out of Long Island. There have been many attempts, but the reality is I stand on the principle that I believe in these people.

“I believe that I have given good service to Long Island and many times these political organisations put forward a cadre of candidates. But being a part of a team doesn’t make you a good MP. It’s up to that individual to perform.

“I have been a performer. I have been an advocate. I have gotten results and there is no reason because I am not a standard bearer or a part of one of the major parties that I should withdraw from the race.”

Mr Butler-Turner said she was the first candidate to nominate yesterday on the island because there were fears about doing so later. It was mandatory that candidates officially completed the process between 9am and noon yesterday.

“Let me state clearly that I was the first person to nominate this morning (yesterday) at the Administrator’s Office in Clarence Town actually accompanied by a small group of my supporters and then we had a massive motorcade from my headquarters in Buckley’s, Long Island.

“The reason we had the motorcade after the nomination is you must nominate by midday and we realised that there were many things in play and people might have tried to block the road to prevent us from getting there on time.

“So we also got our motorcade going very quickly. We were the first motorcade that went down to Clarence Town and it was an amazing turnout of vehicles and people. It was very festive with very strong, focused workers and very focused supporters. I am very pleased with the progress we are making.”

The FNM also had a “monster” motorcade to accompany Mr Gibson to the nomination centre. The attorney and former Tribune columnist said “the message was sent” to voters in Long Island.

Mrs Butler-Turner was among seven FNM members of Parliament who submitted a letter of no confidence in Dr Hubert Minnis last year, forcing the FNM leader to be removed as Official Opposition leader in the House of Assembly. The “rebel” MPs voted to have Mrs Butler-Turner replace Dr Minnis. She was later stripped of her Long Island nomination.

A disciplinary tribunal has been convened to look into the MPs’ actions and Dr Minnis asked the members to resign from the party after their coup.

However the tribunal has not ruled to date and none of the MPs resigned formally from the party. Edison Key is the only MP of the group to state publicly that he had left the FNM and is now supporting the PLP, however he did not officially cross the floor of the House of Assembly.

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sheeprunner12 1 year, 6 months ago

Newsflash .......... Loretta Turner is the DNA candidate for Long Island

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TalRussell 1 year, 6 months ago

Comrades! Like we now know that in order to fully collapse yourself under the Red Party's rules - before you can be shoved-out from under the once big red tent - you actually have hand the Registrar of Elections - ya Candidate's Deposit to run for a House seat on Long Island. You can't be expelled for leading a Coup - just handing over that damn couple hundreds dollars deposit is what finally did Reheasa, in.

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sheeprunner12 1 year, 6 months ago

Tal ............ the 1,645 voters on Long Island will judge her on May 10th ...... She has burned too many bridges in Long Island ........ just like in Montagu

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SP 1 year, 6 months ago

... BLT Stupidly Allowed A Few White Knights To Cause Her To Commit Political Suicide ...

This woman foolishly allowed a handful of UBP's behind Lyford gates to convince her "the commoners" would flock to someone with a big, hard, mouth.

Those days are gone BLT. Your people behind the gates are living in the past, unable to comprehend today's Bahamian just as they were unable to comprehend yesterdays Bahamians.

BLT is "TOTALLY FINISHED". She has absolutely no political currency left. She has proven beyond any shadow of doubt that she simply cannot be trusted.

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sheeprunner12 1 year, 6 months ago

True, SP ................ She should have consulted Jimmy Knowles (for taking Long Island people for granted ............ Her "fake commitment" to the island was quickly exposed ........... She threw every effective FNM general on the island under the bus ............ Now, she has to resort to doing what the PLP candidate is doing by bringing in Nassau/Exuma people to help campaign for her ............ But she will reap what she sowed (locally) since 2012

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Cobalt 1 year, 6 months ago

@SP...... Yup. Political suicide indeed. Greed and the unquenchable desire for power was her downfall. History books are filled with idiots like her.

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sheeprunner12 1 year, 6 months ago

Reminder .......... FNM=1000 ...... PLP=300 ........... LBT=200 .......... This is what the predicted outcome by the pundits (on the ground)

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BMW 1 year, 6 months ago

Runner I pray for those numbers. Plp done bought harding, who else they tryin to buy?

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sheeprunner12 1 year, 6 months ago

Just for an update on the happenings around town on the weekend ......... Rolle close up shop and went to the PLP rally in Exuma (cause Perry is not coming here) ......... LBT had a beach picnic with about 20 loyals and some tourists ........... and the FNM had a "Red Splash" fun day on Deals Beach and had the whole island there ........... This is one seat that we can declare right now!!!!!!!

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