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Glenys: Plp Lost Relevance

Englerston MP Glenys Hanna Martin.

Englerston MP Glenys Hanna Martin.

By SANCHESKA DORSETT

Tribune Staff Reporter

sdorsett@tribunemedia.net

ENGLERSTON MP Glenys Hanna Martin yesterday admitted that the Progressive Liberal Party is no longer “dynamic or relevant” however she said with her as leader, the party can win the hearts of the people once again.

In an interview on a ZSR 103.5 radio show with Spence Finlayson, Mrs Hanna Martin said she feels she is the best person to become leader of the PLP because she “is real” and speaks her mind, no matter the cost.

On Monday night, Mrs Hanna Martin officially launched her bid to become leader of the PLP at the party’s convention in October.

She is the first person to publicly announce an intention to challenge Cat Island, Rum Cay and San Salvador MP Philip “Brave” Davis for leader.

She is seeking to become the first woman to lead a major political party, having been elected as the first woman chairman of a party in 2008.

“I feel very grateful and I am energised to continue to stand up for what I believe in. A lot of people don’t do that anymore and it is important to stand up for what you believe in no matter what.

“I feel happy that I have principles and I will continue to advocate and stand up for (those) principles,” Mrs Hanna Martin said.

“For the PLP to be successful again, I think that it will require the modernisation of the party. It is not the dynamic, relevant 21st century vehicle it was and needs to be. Don’t get me wrong, it has strength nationwide and it is still a powerful organisation but there are certain things and initiatives I think that need to be introduced that are essential to putting the party in the best position to be the government again and that includes technology. We have to improve communication, we have not had a convention in eight years before the one in January and that is not good.

“I am one of them who believe that a convention brings together your members. Your members are not just people who vote for you, these are the people who believe in your ideology, they are your foot soldiers and they also have thoughts on what is happening in the country and how the party should move forward.”

On Tuesday, PLP Chairman Bradley Roberts said he expects “several more persons” to run for the leader of the party during its October convention, adding that the “competition” will only make the PLP stronger.

As a result of the May 10 landslide defeat at the hands of the Free National Movement, former Prime Minister Perry Christie resigned as leader of the PLP days later.

Mr Davis, former PLP deputy leader, was immediately elevated to party leader, as mandated in the PLP’s constitution.

The PLP held its last convention on January 24-26. At the close of the three-day event, Mr Christie won with 1,264 votes to 169 for Alfred Sears in a leadership race.

When contacted last week, Mr Sears, former attorney general, said he was mulling his options now that it was clear a convention is happening.

Mr Sears, who also unsuccessfully ran in Fort Charlotte in May, added that with all things considered, he would “weigh all the options” ahead of him, as he remains “solely and completely dedicated to improving the PLP.”

Comments

Maynergy 3 years, 1 month ago

Lift up your head to the rising sun, Bahama-land; March on to glory, your bright banners waving high. See how the world marks the manner of your bearing! Pledge to excel through love and unity. Pressing onward, march together to a common loftier goal; Steady sun ward, tho' the weather hide the wide and treacherous shoal. Lift up your head to the rising sun, Bahama land, 'Til the road you've trod lead unto your God, MARCH ON, BAHAMA LAND” Timothy Gibson

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SP 3 years, 1 month ago

Pillage Loot Plunder is long dead.....JUST BURY IT.

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banker 3 years, 1 month ago

Why would anyone want a party that destroyed this nation? Glenys is part of the problem and holds responsibility for it. She too, belongs in jail.

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TalRussell 3 years, 1 month ago

Comrades! The only PLP's wanting a Convention so early after their May 10, 2017 defeat - is those selfish PLP's - who knows this will be their last chances of retaining political power of the party's membership. Instead heading to convention the two so far announced contenders for party leader - should be climbing up the twelve steps of a anonymous compatibility with sacramental confession program ....... to openly confess their political governing lives and bring forward all the bad political stuff they inflicted upon the poor and near poor Bahamalanders.

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sealice 3 years, 1 month ago

It wasn't the PLP .... it was the people in the PLP... she's trying to blame the party and not the people in the party??? Casting shade more shade on the truth lady is this how the PLP does it.... elect the biggest and best Liars???

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proudloudandfnm 3 years, 1 month ago

She was a waste as a cabinet minister. She's never accomplished a damned thing. She'd be a continuation of ping and perry. The PLP needs to wake up. They need to get rid of everyone remotely connected to ping and perry....

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Well_mudda_take_sic 3 years, 1 month ago

This wretched loud mouthed creature, Hanna-Martin, born out of the worst possible kind of political nepotism, hails from a family that the good Lord relishes smiting for all of its evil doings. The same goes for that evil wicked witch, Allyson Maynard-Gibson, who has been in hiding since the sweeping outcome of the May general election.

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sheeprunner12 3 years, 1 month ago

BOL ........ This so funny!!!!!! ........ Glenys says that the PLP lost relevance ......... Soooo, was she not a part of the inner circle of the last PLP Cabinet??? ....... a keynote speaker at rallies??? .......... The present leader of Opposition business????? ......... She is part of the irrelevant PLP ......... She is going down with the Old SS PLP ........... Where is Chester Cooper????????

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