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East vs West: Hons Penn & Turnbull clash for Deputy’s post @ NDP Convention

-some claim race is dead-heat, others believe Hon Melvin M. Turnbull has the ‘edge’
Two term legislator and Junior Minister for Trade and Investment Promotion, Honourable Marlon A. Penn (left) and new comer, Honourable Melvin M. Turnbull—the representative for district two, Photo: VINO/File
Virgin Islands News Online will be the first to have all the updated and breaking details from the NDP internal election and 2018 Convention. Photo: VINO/File
Virgin Islands News Online will be the first to have all the updated and breaking details from the NDP internal election and 2018 Convention. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Media attention and social commentary has been focused on the race between Honourable Ronnie W. Skelton (AL) and Honourable Myron V. Walwyn (AL), in the National Democratic Party’s (NDP) internal elections, scheduled for June 23, 2018—a race to succeed outgoing President and party leader, Dr the Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL).

There is however, another important race being contested that night, the post of Vice President of the party. That member could become a Deputy Premier and pits new comer, Honourable Melvin M. Turnbull—the representative for district two—against two term legislator and Junior Minister for Trade and Investment Promotion, Honourable Marlon A. Penn. He represents the eighth district.

Courage vs fence

Political pundits say the race is too early to call, even as others described it as a “dead-heat” and the “east vs west” clash. 

Hon. Penn has not confirmed or denied his alignment with Education and Culture Minister Walwyn while Hon. Turnbull said he is running as a team with the Health and Social Development Minister Hon Skelton.  Observers said while Hon Turnbull is a freshman legislator, he has demonstrated leadership, stood up against the establishment (his own party) in the fight for his district, and had the courage to vote against the Recovery Board Act, when he said he would.

Several elected NDP Delegates told our newsroom—in private—after the 2015 General Elections, that Dr Smith should have been stripped of the Finance portfolio but Hon. Turnbull had the courage to announce it publicly in the House of Assembly. Many of his supporters were a year ago, urging him to make the switch to the Opposition Virgin Islands Party (VIP) while some critics say he has showed disloyalty to the leader in Public.

Third Term?

As for Hon Penn—the second term legislator who in 2015 won with some 85 per cent of the votes—he is said to be more experienced, to take up the post of Deputy Premier, but seems to be always on the fence on major issues.

He voted for the Recovery Agency Board after speaking out against it. He also had a golden opportunity as the leader of the backbench group, to demand that the front beach members be held accountable and are transparent and listened to the people but did not show assertiveness and use the overwhelming influence he enjoyed with the backbench group.

Hon Penn popular but…

Hon Penn is still very popular in his district and many predict, as of today, June 20, 2018, an easy re-election for a third consecutive term. He is described as humble and remains a people person, while some have objected to his alignment with Hon Walwyn, instead of Hon Skelton. Critics say, he needs to be more assertive and demonstrate his leadership ability and should have been in the ring for President of the party—not just the Deputy. 

The race is still however, too early to call as it could go anywhere and both sides have been putting in the work leading up to the June 23, 2018, NDP Convention, at the Moorings conference room.

Virgin Islands News Online will be the first to have all the updated and breaking details from the NDP internal election and 2018 Convention.

26 Responses to “East vs West: Hons Penn & Turnbull clash for Deputy’s post @ NDP Convention ”

  • pat (20/06/2018, 14:17) Like (13) Dislike (9) Reply
    what about Ronnie Premier and Myrun Deputy ???? the way to go infact you have best of both world
  • Gumption. Official (20/06/2018, 14:28) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    The headline title is not right and challenging as well. Even though the reality is one is for (West end and other from East End ) shouldn’t be Titile as a challenge. I hope we can a community/village do vote purely in hoping for a better and strong Virgin Islands.
  • No Name (20/06/2018, 14:35) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Many of his supporters were a year ago, urging him to make the switch to the Opposition Virgin Islands Party (VIP) while some critics say he has showed disloyalty to the leader in Public.

    WAIT FOR IT! SOON! WATCH AND SEE!
  • Deputy my ass (20/06/2018, 14:37) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    People don’t be fooled my the NDP.
    The congressional committee is the core of the NDP.

    They are going in there to vote for the top chair 99% of the eligible voters will cast on (X) for the chairman of the party and leave the other one blank. The two youngsters give a good show always did even in the last general election. But they are young and out gunned. Marlon don’t take it personal you are my friend but keep your eyes open.
  • Feeders (20/06/2018, 14:38) Like (15) Dislike (7) Reply
    All losers. Ndp must go.
    • @Feeders (21/06/2018, 09:53) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
      Ok NDP must go is your opinion but if they go, with your honest answer which party should lead!? a lot of people forgot why VIP lost there last term in Government. they wasn't doing anything! NDP has certain ways they can do differently and just needs to think more about the bright future without a hole in the wallet. A lot of people like to say oh we cant sell out our country to investors, but spending all this money doing it on our own isn't defeating the purpose of moving forward? I think NDP have a little idea of moving forward but their idea is a little too much for our revenues. I think we should invite investors to help beautify the BVI let them take control for a certain amount of years then the entire establishment then goes to the government, like the Pier park I think that should've been develop by outside investors. inviting investors to bring money into the BVI will only benefit the BVI as a tourist destination significantly. this happening will help bring in more cruise ships etc more flights, more hotels more jobs etc and we can focus more on roads, schools, beatifying road town and the entire BVI. enforce laws especially in the town area buildings\compounds must be well groomed or a fine. when tourist or visitors come to the BVI let them see beauty! not just by nature but clean buildings, clean roads, more palm trees, more gardening, better\more parking, groom taxi busses, proper drainage and less dust, increase the building standards in the town and other areas, get rid of derelict vehicles, boats, containers and whatever crap that were just lying around way before the hurricane and the list goes on! its not rocket scientist just stand up on few of the tallest buildings in town or just drive slow and look around and just think how can we make here more beautiful!

      I Love My BVI

      And I always say if I was a billionaire or a high millionaire I would form a secret group of people with the same Idea of the future starts now and beautify the BVI! but that's just a super hero thought from watching all these marvel movies lately lolol
  • bvi (20/06/2018, 14:40) Like (12) Dislike (11) Reply
    Penn all the way
  • zone 2 (20/06/2018, 14:48) Like (16) Dislike (3) Reply
    Mitch needs to switch
  • power hungry (20/06/2018, 14:51) Like (30) Dislike (0) Reply
    All ah them hungry for power. No body want to subject to anybody. They all must lead. They have no respect for one another, so imagine what they will do when they get into office. Lord please rise up a decent group of persons who really love this Territory to put themselves up for election and honestly and unselfishly lead these islands
  • voter (20/06/2018, 16:08) Like (16) Dislike (3) Reply
    Both of them will be in the oppsition come November 2018
  • FOR (20/06/2018, 17:00) Like (10) Dislike (16) Reply
    Turnbull is the one to watch, he got this.
  • Loyal (20/06/2018, 17:07) Like (29) Dislike (10) Reply
    I am unimpressed by the options. I don't think that either of the two men is suitable for the job. Marlon stands for nothing and has accomplished nothing. Mitch is too egotistical.
  • 2 grand (20/06/2018, 17:53) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    what is to be will be at the end of the day will the country benefit on a whole or the few who feel a sense of entitlement. take it how you see it the country is at the crossroads choices must be weighed in the balances.
  • No Name (20/06/2018, 18:24) Like (9) Dislike (19) Reply
    Let’s go Mitch
  • rattie (20/06/2018, 20:12) Like (8) Dislike (7) Reply
    Marlon weak nationally
  • Coming soon (20/06/2018, 22:04) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    The lamb and lion will soon play. Coming soon look out.
  • Eagle Eye (21/06/2018, 01:09) Like (2) Dislike (6) Reply
    People I'm warning you Rhonnie is tight with money that's why they was voted out.Myron or Mark will have that $$$ flowing through the BVI like a river.so wish for them to be premier and deputy.
    • Ajic (21/06/2018, 13:45) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      LOL..you so stupid. You have just given the perfect reason why Ronnie should be Premier. In these hard economic times we cannot have leaders who are quick to squander the little bit of money we have left on their friends, family and cronies....THAT IS WHY IT MUST BE RONNIE!
  • gearut (21/06/2018, 05:30) Like (8) Dislike (4) Reply
    Both of them from here anyone is better than the Antiguan
    • @gearut (21/06/2018, 09:49) Like (10) Dislike (3) Reply
      I wonder where your father from? We are too evil and badminded in this little place. Be glad to be born somewhere on planet earth. I am glad that the earth is the Lord's because if he only give people like you so 24 square miles to watch and youall so arrogant, imagine if the BVI was any bigger how youall will behave
      • @@ reply (21/06/2018, 14:16) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply
        both my father and grand father from right there Bell View now go smoke that
  • Just what i see (21/06/2018, 06:38) Like (18) Dislike (1) Reply
    Mitch, I am only keeping it real. You have to get off the cocky egotistical horse. I don't have a problem voting for you but, just think about it. You don't have to be cocky or egotistical to get where you are going in the political arena.
  • VI Gyal (21/06/2018, 10:18) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Well Ronnie people said he never team up with Mitch so I wonder who telling the truth. Marlon will work well whichever is President so do not class him with anyone. Come June 23, all eyes on the NDP convention.

    I think both positions were to be shadowed and may the best two get elected but in our BVI society we do not do such things in our workplace. We are too greedy and selfish so it is a dog eat dog world.
  • Nikki (22/06/2018, 01:18) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    Ronnie and Marlon for this time.


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