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Another political party emerging? Here comes the PEP!

- New political party the People’s Empowerment Party in the planning stages allegedly backed by Hon. J. Alvin Christopher
There are reports that the new political party that is emerging, the People’s Empowerment Party, is the brainchild of Second District Representative Honourable J. Alvin Christopher. The now Opposition Member was first elected in 1995 as an Independent candidate, but joined the Virgin Islands Party to form the government of 1995 under the late Chief Minister H. Lavity Soutt. Photo: VINO/File
Businessman Lorie A. Rymer admitted to being part of the newest political party- People’s Empowerment Party. It is unclear what his role in the new group will be going forward. When contacted by Virgin Islands News Online he refused to comment further. Photo: VINO/File
Businessman Lorie A. Rymer admitted to being part of the newest political party- People’s Empowerment Party. It is unclear what his role in the new group will be going forward. When contacted by Virgin Islands News Online he refused to comment further. Photo: VINO/File
Lorie A. Rymer contested the last elections as an independent candidate in the ninth district. Photo: Youtube
Lorie A. Rymer contested the last elections as an independent candidate in the ninth district. Photo: Youtube
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- After months of investigations this news site can confirm that a new political party is in the making.

The new party, called the People’s Empowerment Party, is alleged to be the brainchild of Second District Representative Honourable J. Alvin Christopher. The legislator is a long time Virgin Islands Party member going back to the days of the party founder, the late H. Lavity Stoutt.

Reports are that the group had several meetings and had invited a cross section of the population to attend, including former Virgin Islands Party politicians, People's Patriotic Alliance members and others who may have an interest in contesting the 2015 general elections.

According to information obtained by persons who have attended the meetings, including at the home of one person, the turnout has seen more than thirty persons.

To date the group is finalizing the party’s constitution and trying to build the party as an institution, according to a source close to the group.

It is unclear who the leader will eventually be or when they will recruit candidates for the various districts and At-Large slots.

Hon. J. Alvin Christopher party leader?

When contacted by this news site, Second District Representative Honourable Christopher declined to comment but said he would speak when it’s appropriate.

Honourable J. Alvin Christopher was first elected to the Legislature in 1995 as an Independent Candidate. However, he joined the Virgin Islands Party to form the government under the late Chief Minister H. Lavity Stoutt and was appointed Minister for Communications and Works.

In the 1999 elections, Hon. Christopher was reappointed Minister for Communications and Works and on August 25, 2000 he was appointed Deputy Chief Minister.

While Hon. Christopher has always been successful at the polls and has been in the Parliament for some 18 years, [1995-current] he holds the distinction of being the only government Minister to be fired by both the now Opposition Virgin Islands Party Government of Hon. Ralph T. O’Neal OBE, and the ruling National Democratic Party Government of Dr. the Honourable D. Orlando Smith.

Another name associated with the new political party is that of another long time Virgin Islands Party member Lorie A. Rymer, who contested the last elections as an independent candidate in the ninth district.

When contacted by Virgin Islands News Online, the businessman admitted to being a part of the People’s Empowerment Party but declined to comment further.

Another person close to the organisation confirmed that it’s the goal of the new political party to be ready to contest the 2015/16 general elections in the Virgin Islands.

History of VI political parties

Over the years, from around 1967, there have been some eight political parties that have emerged in the Virgin Islands. They are the People’s Own Party (POP), Democratic Party (DP), the now Opposition Virgin Islands Party (VIP), The National Democratic Party (NDP), the most recent People's Patriotic Alliance (PPA), the defunct Party of the People (POP), the inactive Concerned Citizens Movements (CCM), the inactive Untied Party (UP), and now the newest People’s Empowerment Party (PEP).

It remains unclear with public opinion against the ruling NDP what party, if any, will emerge to lead the Territory come next general elections.

48 Responses to “Another political party emerging? Here comes the PEP!”

  • A. Fahie (25/10/2013, 08:23) Like (2) Dislike (8) Reply
    • weed (25/10/2013, 09:05) Like (38) Dislike (1) Reply
      The problem is not the parties we have it is the people in the parties.
  • ooooo (25/10/2013, 08:23) Like (7) Dislike (9) Reply
    another set of defectors just like the ndp
  • True (25/10/2013, 08:27) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    Ha ha let’s see if he gets the leadership from his new party
    • cline fan club (25/10/2013, 08:59) Like (5) Dislike (5) Reply
      Nobody wants he as no leader because he thinks that its only he knows.
  • Janet Williams (25/10/2013, 09:02) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    I continue to support proportional representation
  • Yes (25/10/2013, 09:02) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    This party needs some more PEP in their step.
  • dog (25/10/2013, 09:04) Like (12) Dislike (7) Reply
    I agree with any grassroots efforts to run the NDP out of office
  • well, well (25/10/2013, 09:09) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Let's see where this will take us. Men, think about your country first.
  • Ah saw (25/10/2013, 09:20) Like (7) Dislike (4) Reply
    We will be fool to trust a known snake.
  • Yes (25/10/2013, 09:22) Like (19) Dislike (10) Reply
    Could you imagine waking up & hearing that Alvin is our Premier? What a nightmare that would be. LOL
    • @ lol (25/10/2013, 09:42) Like (32) Dislike (9) Reply
      We have lived with the nightmare of Orlando so he cannot be worst that Alvin…
      • Observer (25/10/2013, 12:00) Like (9) Dislike (6) Reply
  • facts man (25/10/2013, 09:23) Like (11) Dislike (5) Reply
    the problem with both NDP and VIP is that neither have been held accountable and always switch on the people once they get in power!!
  • Clearly (25/10/2013, 09:26) Like (11) Dislike (4) Reply
    Clearly Alvin can't work with no team unless he is the head. Well VIP start looking for a candidate to run in the second district because the untrustworthy one strikes again.
  • Politics (25/10/2013, 09:27) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Well this is good news for the NDP. Despite having some issues now, there's no way VIP can beat them with their power struggles and now that their party will be fractured with former supporters starting/joining a new party. Let's see how it plays out, politics is a messy business. Will we have some crossing going on? NDP watch it!
  • the rock (25/10/2013, 09:28) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
    if its man like larry he checkin for he in for a rude awakening!
  • NPolitico (25/10/2013, 09:37) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
    PEP, DEP, VIP or any other grouping of alpha soups letters alone will not solve the myriad of problems engulfing the VI.

    Consequently, what the VI needs at this critical juncture in its history and growth and development is an unselfish, civil and humble cadre of Virgin Islanders coming together to coordinate, collaborate on and plan and chart a 21st Century course for the VI.

    We have a habit of forming political parties that splinter in short order. There can only be one leader at time; but everyone wants to be the leader and no one wants to follow. If one cannot follow, one cannot lead. Further, as soon as we cannot get our way in an organization, we abandon ship and seek to become captain of any ship.

    For the VI to benefit from any party, there must be a commitment from every member regardless of position to support the plan.

    This plan must include short-term and long-term actions to build and sustain the physical and social infrastructures, diversify the economic base, protect and sustain the environment, change and strengthen education to 21st Century needs, arrest rising crime, develop and institute an accessible, affordable, and quality health care plan, improve transportation system.........etc. We need a plan and action, not just talk, to build a country and an economy.

    We have wasted too much precious time, resources and opportunities already. A territory with at least a $1B of economic activity annually should be much farther down the road. We have squandered an opportunity to move from third world to first world. We may perhaps have a second chance and let not squander it. But to do so needs strong, consistent and concurrent leadership that can attract and sustain a committed supporting cast. There can only be one leader at time; we must put country before self.
    • Politics (25/10/2013, 12:01) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply

      Thank you very much, I have been saying this all along but I continue to get bashed for it. Everybody think the answer is changing parties every election but this has proven false as we have done so each Election over the past 20yrs and for what? It actually sets us back every time we change the Government as no matter how capable you might think the 'new' Government is, it takes quite a while to get a handle on things, especially if you're thinking about electing a brand new Government. The people need to change then we will get change in and around the country. The Politicians cannot do it all, we need to step up and stop being so petty. You hit the nail on the head about when people don't get their way, they are quick to jump ship trying to form their 'own thing'. Do you think these people give a sh£$ about this country? When you hear some of the petty reasons some of them leave parties or support another it's baffling. Cut the personal bull$£"% and let's unite for a better BVI. The country win, we ALL win. The country goes down, WE ALL GO DOWN REGARDLESS OF POLITICAL LEANING!

  • CIA (25/10/2013, 09:40) Like (9) Dislike (4) Reply
    Just some old recycled VIP and PPA loosers who still cannot win…I spiting my votes two for NDP and the rest for VIP BAM
  • VG (25/10/2013, 10:30) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply

    R***h causing all this.

  • CSC (25/10/2013, 10:32) Like (10) Dislike (9) Reply

    I rather Alvin be Premeir than that cat Fraser.

    • @ CSC (25/10/2013, 12:03) Like (2) Dislike (11) Reply
      • Electric SHOCK (25/10/2013, 13:01) Like (1) Dislike (5) Reply
        For real!!! MW better scatter with his bush politics and face the facts that Fraser is the man…me heard he tried and bad talk Fraser to Fahie but it’s not working
    • Yes (25/10/2013, 23:23) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Well I would rather Fraser be minister for immigration any day. He will clean up this current free for all mess.
  • go alvin (25/10/2013, 10:43) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    We do need a new party with new ideas to shake up the old tire NDP and VIP
    • Scary Mary (25/10/2013, 11:28) Like (20) Dislike (1) Reply
      Agreed! But we need a new party with NEW candidates. Not the cast offs from the other parties! We need new blood, new ideas and a new set of unfaltering PRINCIPALS!

      We need candidates who have NO political agendas, who are over 40, under 60 and who are blessed with a healthy dose of common sense. A business background and decent education would also help tremendously.

      We need at least one or two candidates with a solid understanding of economics and the international financial services sector. We need at least another one or two candidates with a firm understanding and (preferably) experience in the tourism sector. One from the hospitality/hotel/restaurant industry and one from the yacht charter industry.

      We need politicians who cannot and will not be swayed by "who you for" or what the "who you for" types can do for political types. We need people with backbone, belief in their own convictions and the courage to carry out their promises, regardless of how it may tick off the "do you know who I am" crowd!

      We need a team of professional people that will put an end to the victimization, underhanded deals, cronyism and vote buying.

      But mostly, we need voters who actually want what is best for the BVI AS A WHOLE. We need voters who actually want honest politicians who will work diligently for the betterment of the British Virgin Islands and just for the betterment of their own bank accounts. We need voters who care!
  • l (25/10/2013, 11:47) Like (10) Dislike (2) Reply
    This is just a new party with old faces, old ideas, and old selfish ways. What we need is some new blood with people who truly love the country, who are humble, who are sensible, who are educated, and who will not compromise what is right.

    I am just sick of all of them.
  • Real! (25/10/2013, 12:02) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    @ go alvin

    Yes, and using the vomit of both NDP and VIP to form a new party is the answer? LMAO!!!!
  • what (25/10/2013, 12:55) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    This is lone jokes for me here today Alvin if you want to retire just say so what a thing to tell the king
    • second district (25/10/2013, 15:49) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      come back with CSC and you will see if Alvin will retire
  • rio (25/10/2013, 17:03) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    PEP huh? P ure E mpty P romises. PEP That
  • question (25/10/2013, 19:37) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    all party theparty of the people was just he so is that a real party?
  • callie buds (25/10/2013, 19:58) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
  • Cracker (25/10/2013, 23:16) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    is this the party preston joining or another one? wa happen to sowande, shaina, eltie and the rest? look commess here for me.
  • the rock (26/10/2013, 08:04) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
  • my 10 cents (26/10/2013, 11:00) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Good try Alvin..but your days have come and gone..stick with the VIP maybe you may get back communications and works
  • she the cat mother (26/10/2013, 18:00) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Enough of the accusations. Let's get our house in order, and get to work building the bvi.
  • Truth (27/10/2013, 11:16) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Most of the politicians who put country before self have all passed on, God Bless their souls. Long gone are the days when politicians put country above self. May God continue to watch over these Islands and protect us from the people who are trying to demolish us.
    • Politics (27/10/2013, 14:06) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply

      Country above self what! That's pure bulls... Their advantage was having waaaaaaaaaaaaay more than enough money to do what they had to do and back then with out internet etc. there was no way to get news/information as we do now in order to voice our concerns. You had to wait a week for Beacon of Island Sun which could print what they felt. Stop being so naive. The problem in BVI is that now we are forced to actually govern properly because the gravy drying up. It's not hard to manage a country when you are making way more than enough. If the past guys governed as you said we won't have the problems that we have now with certain infrastructure issues. Look at the old time politicians, some never finished schools, never had a job except running GOvernment but left Government as millionnaires. Explain that to me please. All that's happening now is the spotlight is on these guys much more and people are not as trusting as they're used to being. Same with politics all over the world, back in the days it was easier to control the message and manipulate how people saw things. Now with information available at the speed of light there's no more fooling so people know what's going on. Above self my ass. Politics is politics and will always be.

  • dream on (27/10/2013, 11:32) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
  • VI 2 De Bones (28/10/2013, 12:14) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Both the VIP & NDP are on the same level so why are you all pretending one is better then the other?
    We fired the NDP before because we were told they were selling out, two two's the VIP did the same crap after they went back in power. None better than none!!! But I am warning this place if you all keep up this foolishness about changing parties every 4 years you will reap what you sow. . Political uncertainty affect how corporations invest in a country. This country is facing serious times and keep changing governments.
    Hold on and see the out come in 16 years.
  • wise up (28/10/2013, 17:50) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    another 4-year of the NDP is a No!!! No !!!!!,,,the VIP party is a waste right now SO not a bad idea for a new party

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