Election 2012

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Fired - but still backing the FNM

McAlpine warns people could fire Prime Minister

DESPITE being fired from government posts by Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis yesterday for voting against the government’s planned value added tax increase, Golden Isles MP Vaughn Miller and Pineridge MP Frederick McAlpine said they remain supporters of the Free National Movement.

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Residents back Robinson

FREE National Movement officials feel betrayed by Travis Robinson’s vote against value added tax’s increase to 12 percent, but many residents of the Bain & Grants Town constituency are standing by their member of Parliament, telling The Tribune he owes his success to them, not to a party.

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UPDATED: PM fires Robinson, Miller and McAlpine

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis has fired Bain and Grants Town MP Travis Robinson and Golden Isles MP Vaughn Miller from their posts as parliamentary secretaries and Pineridge MP Frederick McAlpine from his post as chairman of the Hotel Corporation today for breach of the Manual of Cabinet and Ministry Procedure.

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PLP blasts 'flat' Minnis defence of tax increase

OPPOSITION members yesterday criticised Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis’ budget communication, calling the contribution “abysmally flat” and void of any understanding of the very same budgetary initiatives presented by Finance Minister K Peter Turnqu

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The Rebel Four: No, no, no, no – FNM MPs split from party on VAT vote

FOUR Free National Movement members of Parliament joined the opposition in voting “no” to the bill that would increase value added tax from 7.5 percent to 12 percent last night.

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Minnis: We considered 15% - but it would be too painful

IN his ardent defence of the government’s budget of “hope,” Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis said his administration made several considerations concerning the value added tax increase but rested at 12 percent after ruling out 15 percent because it would be “too much pain” for Bahamians to bear.

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Texting while driving to be made illegal

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis yesterday said the government will amend the law to clamp down on texting and driving.

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Roberts rejects need for tax rise

FORMER Progressive Liberal Party Chairman Bradley Roberts has said he opposes tax raises in the government’s 2018-2019 budget. Mr Roberts was referring to Financial Secretary Marlon Johnson’s claim that taxes must be increased to avoid a downgrade of

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Contractors who didn't finish govt work may be prosecuted

SOME contractors who were paid up to $100,000 to construct government low cost houses in Abaco but did not finish the jobs could be “prosecuted” and at the very least placed on a “stop list” until the money is repaid, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis

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PLP deputy leader denies seeking FNM candidacy

EXUMA and Ragged Island MP Chester Cooper yesterday vehemently denied claims he applied for candidacy with the Free National Movement ahead of the 2017 general election.The Progressive Liberal Party deputy leader was responding to comments made by Pr

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Henfield votes no to spy bill

SENATOR Ranard Henfield voted against the Interception of Communications Bill in the upper house on Friday, the only senator to do so.He criticised the involvement of the attorney general in sanctioning interception devices as well as a provision all

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‘Vote no to budget and lose your govt post’

ATTORNEY General Carl Bethel has warned senators and elected officials who have been appointed to government posts that they must vote for the 2018-2019 budget in its entirety or resign their positions.

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Web shops ‘taking advantage of workers’

THAT Island Luck employees were seemingly threatened with a loss of pay if they failed to attend Thursday’s protest is a “blatant, naked attempt to take advantage of poor people”, Tourism and Aviation Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar said yesterday.

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Bannister pledges safety measures after Munnings Road death

WORKS Minister Desmond Bannister pledged more precautions and safety measures will be implemented on Munnings Road to avoid future fatalities.

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Minister announces full-time BTVI enrolment will be free

EDUCATION Minister Jeff Lloyd, in a speech on Friday, reiterated that full-time enrolment in the Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute will be free this September.

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