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Hons Skelton & Archibald Out! Hons Penn & O’Neal in as Ministers

-Hon Marlon A. Penn, appointed Minister for Health and Social Development, Hon Hubert O’Neal is Junior Minister for Tourism
Hon Marlon A. Penn (at left) appointed Minister for Health and Social Development, Hon Hubert O’Neal is Junior Minister for Tourism. Photo: VINO/File
Hons Ronnie W. Skelton & Archibald C. Christian Out! Photo: VINO/File
Hons Ronnie W. Skelton & Archibald C. Christian Out! Photo: VINO/File
The announcement was made by outgoing Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr the Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL), in a public statement and radio broadcast on Monday, November 19, 2018. Photo: VINO/File
The announcement was made by outgoing Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr the Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL), in a public statement and radio broadcast on Monday, November 19, 2018. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Honourable Marlon A. Penn (R8), has been appointed, Minister for Health and Social Development, for the remaining period in Office for the National Democratic Party (NDP) administration, following the recent firing of Honourable Ronnie W. Skelton (AL), as then Minister.

The announcement was made by outgoing Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr the Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL), in a public statement and radio broadcast on Monday, November 19, 2018.

Devastation/Restoration

Premier Smith also announced that Honourable, Hubert O’Neal (R9), has since also been appointed Junior Minister for Tourism, the move necessitated, as a result of the firing of then Minister, Honourable Archibald C. Christian (AL).

In making the announcement, yesterday, Premier Smith, in a direct appeal to residents of the Territory said, “we have a country to continue to rebuild after last year’s devastation, including the restoration of the tourism plant, as well as at least two new properties that we hope to come on stream in the near future…Let us make the next six months count, and together put our hands and hearts to the wheel of taking our country forward.”

No Choice

Explaining his decisions, Premier Smith sought to explain saying, last week two Elected Members of the NDP – one the Junior Minister of Tourism – resigned from the Party.

“As the Government that I head is an NDP Government, I had no choice but to advise the Governor that the Junior Minister of Tourism’s position be revoked…The Governor accordingly concurred.”

According to Premier Smith, over the weekend, the press reported, ‘Skelton splitting from NDP; guv moves election deadline up to April’.

According to Premier, that press report indicated that Hon Skelton, confirmed in an interview, that he planned to head a new Party called the Progressive Virgin Islands Movement (PVIM), “with a mix of political newcomers and experienced Government lawmakers.”

Untenable

Dr Smith said “in the circumstances, I had no choice but to ask His Excellency the Governor, to revoke Mr Skelton’s appointment as a Minister of Government and a member of Cabinet…It was untenable for him to sit in an NDP Administration, make decisions as a member of Cabinet, and form his own party at the same time…This constituted a clear conflict of interest.”

Premier Smith used the occasion to also remind, he intends to serve his full term in Office before dissolving the House and calling General Elections.

He said “you would recall my advising you that after 20 years at the helm of the NDP, that it was not my intention to seek another term in the next General Election as the leader of the Party, but that I had every intention of serving out my term as Premier of this Territory…I formally made this announcement in June (2018) after returning from a mission trip to Asia. That position has not changed.”

21 Responses to “Hons Skelton & Archibald Out! Hons Penn & O’Neal in as Ministers ”

  • please (20/11/2018, 09:12) Like (20) Dislike (4) Reply
    Nobody cares
    • VICKIE (20/11/2018, 09:44) Like (33) Dislike (2) Reply
      IF IT WAS IN THE BEST INTREST OF THE NDP THE ////// WOULD HAVE CALL A SNAP ELECTION . IT IS TIME THE GOVERNOR CALL A SNAP ELECTION AND PUT AND END TO THIS MADNESS. THE ///// HAVE HIS FOOT WHERE HIS HEAD SHOULD BE. THE COUNTRY NEED TO MOVE FORWARD TIME IS WASTING WITH THIS GOVERNMENT .
    • the rock (21/11/2018, 00:19) Like (0) Dislike (4) Reply
      Hon premier, you and hon vanterpool please dont retire year, please the ndp needs you guys, yes hon walwyj will be the next premier, guys please dojt go now.
  • 1 (20/11/2018, 09:22) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    same old same old
  • VI person (20/11/2018, 09:32) Like (12) Dislike (2) Reply
    And these man are not serving to their full term. They have up and left the people.
  • sign it Penn (20/11/2018, 09:46) Like (16) Dislike (1) Reply
    the man for the insurance company get set free now
  • facts (20/11/2018, 09:48) Like (25) Dislike (3) Reply
    NDP 1 OR 2 THE SAME FREG
    • @facts (20/11/2018, 11:09) Like (30) Dislike (3) Reply
      You are so right. These were the same ones who sat and allowed all kind of nonsense to happen. Todate not one of them have pushed for answers regarding the 7.2 million in an fake airline, the millions in overrun at the Pier Park and many other issues. Same persons forming new party. Not my vote. We need answers not a new party.
  • Hmm (20/11/2018, 09:49) Like (60) Dislike (36) Reply
    If you want Andrew be the next premier thumbs up

    If you wan Myron be the next premier thumbs down
  • weed (20/11/2018, 10:40) Like (21) Dislike (5) Reply
    look what dr smith did to my BVI
    • Really? (20/11/2018, 13:59) Like (15) Dislike (3) Reply
      Whatever is being done to the BVI, Dr. Smith DID NOT do it by himself. There were 11 supposedly grown, intelligent men elected and formed the Government. They ALL need to take respinsibility for this mess we are in. Not leave, play the victim game and form another party. For who to vote them in?? At least Doc and the others facing the heat like real leaders and people with integrity.
  • Hmmm (20/11/2018, 10:51) Like (20) Dislike (9) Reply
    If you want Andrew be the next premier thumbs up

    If you want Andrew be the next premier thumbs down
  • ?? (20/11/2018, 11:11) Like (20) Dislike (39) Reply
    .MYRON WILL BE THE NEXT AND THE BEST SO KEEP TALKING BS
  • GOD HELP US (20/11/2018, 11:36) Like (28) Dislike (5) Reply
    We in trouble. Bertie Jr Minister of TOurism. CRYING
  • wize up (20/11/2018, 12:20) Like (4) Dislike (9) Reply
    Penn is the new deputy premier under Walwyn
  • welsah! (20/11/2018, 13:22) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
    Mrs. Caines served two terms consecutively and O’neal Was chosen over her for a ministry!

    And she still, want to sail on this sinking ship! And clearly they have no regards for her! I know if you’re father was here he would have never told you to settle for that!

    Sorry I am definitely not voting for her again! This validates what I thought all along! You’re not a leader, beautiful person but you’re not ready for this arena! Sixth district needs strong representation and one who will move the earth if need be!
  • wize up (20/11/2018, 17:55) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    those 2 ministers never thought the Dr had enough balls to call strike 3 on them; sending them straight to the dugout: the one chap publicly declared that he will still act as the junior minister, then the reality set in(poor fellow): the other good gentleman after realizing that the Dr grew some balls desided to held on to his Resignation Letter but he forgot the Dr can still read news papers; when the good Dr saw that declaration in the print media the rest was history: the chaps figured they will resigned from the party but hold on to those lucrative and substantive political post, but the umpire surprised them by called their bluff!!! and three now sits in dugout: it was good and keep the faith
  • great (20/11/2018, 18:35) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Good News .l like when loyalty is rewarded...Get the bad minds out
  • Concerned (21/11/2018, 03:32) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Min for Labour - Snake in the grass- knows what is going on with the defection of those former NDP members. Should be ashamed of himself using the Premier all these years to elevate himself. He has not done a thing for his constituents.
    Look at it, both he and the Min of Health conveniently absent from the territory at the time when the firing and shuffling taking place.
    • wize up (21/11/2018, 09:35) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ concerned: my question(mitch & Skelton) ran of the chairmanship post together: picko is currently second in original NDP: will the labor man object to Turnbull being the second in command in the New NDP...Enquring minds want to know


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