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Miller And Mcalpine: We're Not Quitting Fnm

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Golden Isles MP Vaughn Miller and Pineridge MP Frederick McAlpine.

KHRISNA RUSSELL

Deputy Chief Reporter

krussell@tribunemedia.net

TWO MPs fired this week by Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis from government appointments for voting against the VAT increase have dismissed claims they would leave the Free National Movement to become Independent or join the Official Opposition.

Since Golden Isles MP Vaughn Miller was terminated as parliamentary secretary in the Ministry of Social Services and Frederick McAlpine, Pineridge MP, was stripped from the post of chairman of the Hotel Corporation, it has been speculated they were mulling over crossing the floor or severing party affiliation.

"That's not true, that's a rumour," Mr McAlpine told The Tribune yesterday. "It's too early for us. We're FNM unless somebody has done something or said something or somebody knows something we don't know.

"Presently I can say this for myself and I think I can say for others that we are all FNM."

Asked if he has been in talks with Progressive Liberal Party officials, he said: "No one from the PLP has approached me."

Mr Miller also said the claims were just "rumours".

He said: "There have been no discussions about it and I haven't spoken to anyone from the PLP. As far as I know all of us will remain FNM."

Centreville MP Reece Chipman who also voted "no" to the VAT increase, said yesterday he will remain with the governing party. He did not have a government appointment to lose as he was fired months ago as chairman of the Antiquities, Monuments and Museums Corporation. Bain and Grants Town MP Travis Robinson's parliamentary secretary position was also revoked. When asked yesterday he if plans to become an Independent member of Parliament, he said "no comment."

On Wednesday the prime minister said his decision to fire the MPs was not personal but based on his responsibility and obligation to follow parliamentary procedure.

While speaking to reporters in Grand Bahama, Dr Minnis stressed that he will not shirk his responsibility.

"I cannot allow my personal views to get into democracy; we have a parliamentary procedure, and I must adhere, respect, and ensure the procedure lives on, and is honoured, and respected thoroughly," he said on the sidelines of a conference.

Comments

DDK 3 weeks, 6 days ago

Happy the Famous Four are staying with the Party!

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sheeprunner12 3 weeks, 5 days ago

Until 2021/2....... then they will have to make a decision

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birdiestrachan 3 weeks, 5 days ago

leave to go where? They may as well stay where they are, for many of them this will be their first and last time in the house. they know this . That is why doc talks about loosing the election and saving what? doc needs saving himself.

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Socrates 3 weeks, 5 days ago

they said they voted against VAT after consulting their people. Well they got elected on FNM votes so i wonder if they will consult 'their people', whoever they are, if they ever decide they want to make this decision? Folks were grumbling about Westminister system conventions after Minnis took action. Hope they also complain about how an MP can change political parties if they choose to do so using the votes that put them in the House from another party.

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TalRussell 3 weeks, 5 days ago

Ma Comrade, the Imperial red shirts cabinet are not in business of protecting MP's who dare be raising questions on floor House of Assembly (HOA) that has anything to do with shoddy governing... just look at politically red bias actions of the man's who no longer should be sitting in HOA's Speaker's chair.

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