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June 20th, 2019
Speaker Willock discontinues Appeal Case hearing

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Following calls from Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) for House of Assembly (HoA) Speaker, Hon Julian Willock to swear-in Fourth District Representative-Elect, Mr Mark H. Vanterpool in the next HoA sitting, the speaker through his law firm Veritas Law, has made moves to bring the issue to an end

June 19th, 2019
Speaker had the right to be 'heard in silence' – Skelton-Cline

BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI – “I will not allow the Speaker to silence me,” were the strong words of Opposition Leader Hon Marlon A. Penn (R8), in loud criticisms regarding treatment he received at the June 3, 2019 Fourth Sitting of the First Session of the Fourth House of Assembly, when he accused Speaker Hon Julian Willock of trying to silence the Opposition.

June 19th, 2019
‘Why now?’ - Lorie A. Rymer probes Premier’s intervention into D4 Saga

BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI – Radio show host Mr Lorie A. Rymer, a former Independent Candidate who contested the 2011 Virgin Islands (VI) General Elections for the Ninth District, is questioning what motives lie behind Premier and Minister of Finance Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) now stepping into the ring as a third party in the Speaker Vs Mark H. Vanterpool Fourth District (D4) saga that has dragged on in a legal battle for over three months.

June 12th, 2019
‘Vanterpool should be paid as D4 Representative-elect' - Skelton-Cline

BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI – Social Commentator Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline says Fourth District (D4) Representative-Elect, Mr Mark H. Vanterpool should be compensated as per recommendations in the Virgin Islands (VI) Constitution 2007, in spite of him not being sworn-in as a Member of the Virgin Islands (VI) House of Assembly (HoA).

June 11th, 2019
$35,000 budgeted for D4 By-election – SFC Report

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - With the matter surrounding the District 4 (D4) seat of Representative-elect, Mr Mark H. Vanterpool and House of Assembly (HoA) Speaker Hon Julian Willock heading to the Court of Appeal for the final decision, the Deputy Governor’s Office has already budgeted for a By-election should the Appeal's Court rule in favour of the HoA.

June 7th, 2019
Speaker invites local schools to attend sittings of HoA

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- During the Fourth Sitting of the First Session of the Fourth House of Assembly of the Virgin Islands on June 3, 2019, the gallery was occupied by a number of students from the Ebenezer Thomas Primary School of Sea Cows Bay, Tortola.

June 5th, 2019
Youth Parliament now under HoA; No one Minister calling shots!

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) announced at the Fourth Sitting of the First Session of the Fourth House of Assembly (HoA) on June 3, 2019, that the Virgin Islands (VI) Youth Parliament (YP) will be reestablished soon.

June 4th, 2019
Speaker reprimands insubordinate Opposition Leader

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – In what could be described as a short heated exchange between House Speaker, Hon Julian Willock and Opposition Leader, Marlon A. Penn (R8), the Speaker moved to reprimanded the Opposition Leader and briefly shutting down the House over some perceived insubordination in the Virgin Islands (VI) House of Assembly (HoA).

May 20th, 2019
D4 saga is ‘a pissing contest’ - Elton Callwood

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – With the case surrounding House of Assembly (HoA) Speaker Hon Julian Willock Vs Fourth District Representative-Elect Mark H. Vanterpool heading to the Court of Appeal for the final decision, social commentator Elton Callwood is calling the entire debacle a "pissing contest", meaning a competition between rivals to determine superiority and predominance.

May 18th, 2019
'We are in a constitutional crisis' – Hon Maduro-Caines on D4 Saga

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - The current impasse surrounding the District 4 saga that has stricken the Virgin Islands (VI) House of Assembly (HoA), can ultimately lead to the United Kingdom (UK) stepping in and taking over according to Hon Alvera Maduro-Caines (R6) who further noted that the country is in a 'constitutional crisis' due to the issue.

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