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Mark H. Vanterpool resigns from VI Politics

-Cites personal issues as the reason for the sudden announcement
Information reaching our news centre is that prominent member of the Hon Myron V. Walwyn led National Democratic Party (NDP 1) Mark H. Vanterpool (R4) has resigned from active politics in the Virgin Islands (V) effective today, Monday, March 5, 2019. Photo: Provided
Mr Vanterpool's resignation comes just one week after his NDP party faced a massive defeat from the Virgin Islands Party in the 2019 polls. Has served in VI politics for over 20 years, including as Minister where he oversaw the construction of the now Cyril B. Romney Tortola Pier Park (TPP) and project that was allegedly corrupt with a high cost overrun and is expected to be the subject of an audit under the new Hon Fahie led VIP Government. Photo: VINO/File
Mr Vanterpool's resignation comes just one week after his NDP party faced a massive defeat from the Virgin Islands Party in the 2019 polls. Has served in VI politics for over 20 years, including as Minister where he oversaw the construction of the now Cyril B. Romney Tortola Pier Park (TPP) and project that was allegedly corrupt with a high cost overrun and is expected to be the subject of an audit under the new Hon Fahie led VIP Government. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Information reaching our news centre is that prominent member of the Hon Myron V. Walwyn led National Democratic Party (NDP 1) Mark H. Vanterpool (R4) has resigned from active politics in the Virgin Islands (V) effective today, Tuesday, March 5, 2019.

Personal Reasons

In a release sent out to the media today, Mr Vanterpool cited personal reasons as the motive for the resignation and apologised to the people of district 4 for the sudden move.  

“Today I have advised the Clerk of the House of Assembly that I wish to be excused from sitting in the next House of Assembly due to be convened on 12th March 2019. I am aware that this would be very surprising to the residents of District 4 and the territory, having been duly elected in the February 25, 2019, General Elections,” he said in the opening of his statement.

“However, allow me to say that this is a decision I have made for personal reasons... I sincerely regret the disappointment and inconvenience that this will cause. I wish to thank all the constituents of District 4 and the citizens of the Territory for allowing me to serve you for four (4) terms in the House of Assembly,” Hon Vanterpool said.  

Honour & Privilege

According to the District 4 representative, “I consider it an honour and privilege to have been given the opportunity to serve this great country. It was my pleasure to give back to this country which has given so much to my family and I over most of my life, from a toddler until today, having migrated with my mother and most of my siblings from the island of Anguilla.” 

In wishing Premier Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) and his team well, he said any government “can feel free to call on me for any advice that I can share from the experience that I have gained.”

Mr Vanterpool's resignation comes just one week after his NDP party faced a massive defeat from the Virgin Islands Party in the 2019 polls.

Has has served in VI politics for over 20 years, including as Minister where he oversaw the construction of the now Cyril B. Romney Tortola Pier Park (TPP), a project that was allegedly corrupt with a high cost overrun and is expected to be the subject of an audit under the new Hon Fahie led VIP Government.

64 Responses to “Mark H. Vanterpool resigns from VI Politics ”

  • ABC (05/03/2019, 18:19) Like (28) Dislike (1) Reply
    Wow
  • Public enquiry (05/03/2019, 18:27) Like (36) Dislike (5) Reply
    Needs to come into his financials..you won’t be disappointed
    • no action man (06/03/2019, 09:44) Like (16) Dislike (7) Reply
      Myron, please take note. You said the key to the NDP was through Mark and you. Mark now gone, please follow him.
  • wize up (05/03/2019, 18:32) Like (29) Dislike (0) Reply
    this man is a prophet or what while on his campaign trail he always spoke “go sid-down”
  • Mr. Hodge (05/03/2019, 18:36) Like (60) Dislike (13) Reply
    No surprise here! The 8 years of sticky-fingered-ness will inevitably be revealed. politicians cannot autonomously act as though the treasury (tax payers money) is their personal pocket books. There is much to be uncovered, discovered, unearthed, dug up... you name it. I hope you have a lot of depends on the shelf jefe. You'll need them when the indictments start coming in
  • wize up (05/03/2019, 18:38) Like (12) Dislike (37) Reply
    overstand the chairman for NDP will contest a seat in district #4:
    • Longshanks (05/03/2019, 19:38) Like (22) Dislike (9) Reply
      But the chairman of NDP pick up his votes across multiple districts and didn’t come close in any single district. My money is on Henry contesting and losing.
    • RealPol (05/03/2019, 20:01) Like (22) Dislike (2) Reply
      No. The chairman does not want licks twice in a few months. More than likely the former Deputy of BVIEC May run or the former ESHS principal or the former tourist board exec.........etc.
    • dear lord (07/03/2019, 20:09) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      Dear God, please do not let this man enter into our politics ever again to destroy us. He does not understand us or our culture. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
  • Stitchie (05/03/2019, 18:51) Like (9) Dislike (2) Reply
    no need for ms Cleo you can use me for predictions
  • god knows (05/03/2019, 18:58) Like (53) Dislike (77) Reply
    Let me tell you guys this he is human for God sake leave the man alone I am a voter of the 4th where this man served I say their will never be another man like him he love his people of the 4th I don't care who come mr vanterpool you have serve us well . Best of luck to you
    • @god knows (05/03/2019, 19:47) Like (60) Dislike (13) Reply
      You right, this time around it will be a woman. Sort out the business Luce.
  • Hmm (05/03/2019, 19:06) Like (125) Dislike (14) Reply
    He waste the people of the 4th time who voted for he
    • wize up (05/03/2019, 22:14) Like (16) Dislike (1) Reply
      @ Hmmm: it’s is all about self preservation he no longer holds the ministry so the lavish cash flow dry up: looks like ms hodge could walk away the rep for district #4: Creque or any of the 2-Scatliffe might have a difficult time being victorious in #4(time will tell)
    • VICKIE (06/03/2019, 12:25) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
      He make a mockery out of our electoral system. The time has come for we to make a changes so this will never happen again. You show your true color I am very disappointed in your conduct we cannot trust the NDP anymore. I hope the Premier and the governor do some about this to protect the voters.
  • Bret (05/03/2019, 19:13) Like (46) Dislike (8) Reply
    No pension, this is an insult to the people of the Virginislands. Is this what the observers want, for the citizens from the other OT,s to slap us in our faces? Are we going to have a by-election? If so his pension must go towards that. He did not allow a month. Is that the thanks to this territory?
  • Oh yeah (05/03/2019, 19:14) Like (66) Dislike (10) Reply
    Which people of the 4th district he served well? Those he saw every 4 years when he choose to sit in front of the seventh day church?
  • Chi-Ching? (05/03/2019, 19:21) Like (42) Dislike (5) Reply
    So Mark gone go Siddung? YES, YES YES YES...
  • Just saying (05/03/2019, 19:39) Like (47) Dislike (79) Reply
    I would have done the same. You people have no respect , no gratitude, thank God I’m not from bvi. The way you class these people. Please remember VIP was in there before and it was a reason why you all took them out and trust me they are going to make the same mistake. Oh no I forget there are only indigenous people in now and they will and can never do any wrong. Set of vampires. Tell me to leave your country now and by the way I’m use to that by now
    • @Just Saying (05/03/2019, 21:15) Like (65) Dislike (19) Reply
      You sound very bitter and I wonder why. People with your mentality bring about too much negative considerations. Lighten up, as you indicate that you are not from the BVI. Save your sarcasm for your home country, but perhaps you are not welcomed there. Try to take it easy. The VIP will do just fine - they are BVIslanders who are taking their rightful place in the politics of their homeland.
    • ndp (05/03/2019, 21:20) Like (20) Dislike (29) Reply
      As we the BVI Islanders glad you not from here you to get you ass back home
      • But they blamed MVW (06/03/2019, 09:48) Like (20) Dislike (2) Reply
        This comment right here is the reason why we have a divide. So a person that pays taxes can’t even discuss the politics of the country they contribute to? Why are you so wicked, heartless and unwelcoming? We discuss the politics of the USA and the UK all the time, but when it comes to the BVI an expatriate can’t have an opinion. Stop it you prideful, unfair and unloving person. Stop your separatist language.
    • blah (05/03/2019, 21:35) Like (20) Dislike (18) Reply
      That VIP aint the same VIP at all. You talking bout the VIP that included Fraser, Dr. Scatliffe, Juggie, Omar Hodge, Dancia, Irene, Flax , Ralph and Vernon Malone. They got replaced due to Biwater, streetlights, by roundabout and it didnt look like much progress was being made. The only member that is the same is Fahie so you need to join BVIAirways and disappear.
    • me (05/03/2019, 21:40) Like (4) Dislike (21) Reply
      You not from here so you shouldn’t be speaking politics bye
      • U.K. help (06/03/2019, 11:42) Like (8) Dislike (8) Reply
        That is why God need to intervene for fairness to reign in the BVI. They don’t even want you to have a political opinion in the country where we toil. But my God don’t sleep he watches the affairs of men. Lord send help!!! all naturalized overseas citizens should have a say in the direction of this country. Your word says that we reap what we sow! Lord you know we have toiled here among them yet some are so unjust that not even an opinion we can have. Lord help us correct this unfairness and wickedness. Fix it Jesus!
    • wize up (06/03/2019, 04:10) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
      @ just saying: all your jive talk and immigration only ask you to leave the British Virgin Islands tomorrow you will take-in: emancipate yourself from mental slavery
    • BVIslander (06/03/2019, 07:57) Like (11) Dislike (8) Reply
      I am a BVIslander and I love you! I say that without sarcasm. I am however insulted by your 'set of vampires' comment though. Can we stop this division? Are all BVIslanders alike? If so, why would you stay? Stop generalizing us. Do you realize that most bloggers on here are probably not constituents in the 4th district? Do you also realize the some bloggers could be expats as well? C'mon! Let's agree to not be so irresponsible with our words because it BVIlsanders were truly horrible you would not still be here.

      On another note, Mr. Vanterpool is not perfect but he HAS done good by the people of the 4th district or we would not vote him in time and time again. Thank you for this service Mark and we will decipher who may or may not hold a candle to his caring countenance in the Bi-election.
  • Well Sah (05/03/2019, 19:44) Like (70) Dislike (8) Reply
    He needs to pay back every red cent from the election campaign.
  • Me. Again (05/03/2019, 19:46) Like (36) Dislike (4) Reply
    Aubrey got TING to sing bout now

    D ting now start ayaaa
  • Access denied (05/03/2019, 19:53) Like (40) Dislike (7) Reply
    Bit trickier to help yourself to the cookie jar without Myron in charge hey Mark?
  • Interested (05/03/2019, 20:35) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    And the beat goes on.
  • The TRUTH (05/03/2019, 20:36) Like (8) Dislike (4) Reply
    It would have been punishment to sit in the opposition for four years in this situation. I guess he can accomplish a lot
    more on his own. Lucky Dube...I quit...I give up...life is a game...what are the rules...what did I do to deserve this? Well meh boy. Now Troll King can come with card captors of the clow lets see whats gonna happen now. Well meh boy..Well sah....look ah joke.
  • Mr. Hodge (05/03/2019, 20:41) Like (5) Dislike (4) Reply
    You know what? I went in a little too much and overstepped my boundaries. I meant everything I said earlier... except the depends and indictment part. That was uncalled for and unnecessary and i redact my statement.
  • @Just Saying (05/03/2019, 20:58) Like (17) Dislike (5) Reply
    I see you seek attention! No one CARES what you THINK! Stop insinuating nonsense! No one here talking nothing about from Here and Nah from Here!!! Just You Alone! Go and educate yourself so you can post things of value and with sound criticism!! Geese I tired of the B*ll SH*T heavily encouraged by your kind! GROW UP MEHN....
  • Kermit (05/03/2019, 21:07) Like (24) Dislike (3) Reply
    I only here for the comments. Carry on
  • yes (05/03/2019, 21:49) Like (10) Dislike (4) Reply
    This is all the thanks he giving the people who waste their time and vote for him..at least they have a chance to make it right.
  • st (05/03/2019, 21:57) Like (6) Dislike (22) Reply
    Myron we waiting for you
  • Oh yeah (05/03/2019, 22:02) Like (26) Dislike (2) Reply
    Pickering and Mark gone. My prayers have been answered. THERE IS A GOD.
  • wisdom (05/03/2019, 22:59) Like (18) Dislike (3) Reply
    People of the 4th who voted for this man, look beyond what you see. You have been used (again) in an attempt to continue the legacy of the recently retired LS. Next , the son/nephew will contest the seat. Let's see if you will again allow yourselves to be used or whether you will send a strong and powerful message.
  • FAMILY AFFAIR (05/03/2019, 23:12) Like (17) Dislike (6) Reply
    I smell a rat. She wears wigs, recently retired and regularly pushes out her bottom lip.
  • Hmmmm (06/03/2019, 00:07) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    Something fishy here
  • go home (06/03/2019, 00:22) Like (10) Dislike (13) Reply
    Go back to angulla boss
  • Political Observer (PO) (06/03/2019, 00:40) Like (7) Dislike (9) Reply
    The former long-term D-4 Rep and MCW Mark Vanterpool has indicated that he is resigning for personal reason as D-4 rep just a few days (8) after the recent general election on 25 February. If this is truly the case, his decision, though surprising and shocking, should be respected. If Mark’s reason(s) for resigning would have prevented him from effectively representing the people in D-4, he did the right thing, putting the needs of the district before his self interest.

    Yes, the residents of D-4 may be disappointed and feel exercised for nought, having just cast their vote for him a week ago. However, the grey lining in, perhaps, the dark cloud is that in a few weeks D-4 residents will get the opportunity to cast their votes for another rep who hopefully will serve the full term.
    • One week ago and a day (07/03/2019, 02:34) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      He should have known that a week ago and a day and save the taxpayers money! Unless he has a legitimate reason (such as finding out he’s ill) that came about in the last seven days, he’s selfish and irresponsible!
  • Lb (06/03/2019, 01:02) Like (8) Dislike (13) Reply
    Well let's see what stone gonna do now. I was ready to move forward but now we need to investigate Mark to the fullest. Turn the hound dog investigators loose and unearth every penny he siphon off. Boycott he and he son's stores. Since his son was on the pulpit screaming and yelling too. This is an insult to every person who ever invested time and resources and love to contest our elections. An affront to every member that ever Sat in the HOA or LegCo. He should be stripped of every honor including his pension. What an embarrassment to our democratic process. If he had won, he wouldn't have stepped down so it was all a show for power and greed. Now this becomes a distraction and another expense on the BVI. Well he could go back DR and go siddung now!
    • the rock (06/03/2019, 09:32) Like (4) Dislike (6) Reply
      Lb, what rubbish you here talking, you to damn envy of the man and i can tell by the way u involved the man family, but anyway u will continue to flock obemark every end of the month like you always does, take that and smoke it up your candy you know what!
    • 4 District (06/03/2019, 11:09) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
      Stone is doing fine you see h made preparation for his retirement worked hard for what he has achieved so keep off of him .you sound so bitter God is in charge
  • moise (06/03/2019, 04:12) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Chingado Chingon.
  • wize up (06/03/2019, 04:20) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
    the good gentleman is simply move on to captain his yacht(he have that right!!!!!!)
  • Chb (06/03/2019, 04:41) Like (11) Dislike (2) Reply
    Decisions has to me made and times, however,
    after the votes give you their X why was this decision to resign made days later.?? It’s an insult to the voters that put us in there..
  • miss (06/03/2019, 05:08) Like (24) Dislike (10) Reply
    I feel bad for all those people that stood in line to vote for him.
  • insider (06/03/2019, 07:44) Like (33) Dislike (18) Reply
    Don't you all see what is going on here the chairman MW of the party is trying everything in the book to get back in, he is the one will be running for the 4th district bi-election.
    • wize up (06/03/2019, 09:43) Like (6) Dislike (4) Reply
      @ insider: you hit the nail on the head a chair man will contest for the # 4: the current holder of # 4 never had intentions to run in 2019(play the tape) but was used for political power because victory was a done deal(the chap from the power company was weak for #4) so we switch hit with the action man(con-plan)...go out and have a wonderful day
    • BA (06/03/2019, 10:33) Like (3) Dislike (10) Reply
      And so what ?? Leave the damn man alone.
  • Damon (06/03/2019, 09:18) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
    Hmmn.. I can’t believe this.. I might be wrong but I believe there’s to the mortar than the pestle .. time will tell all.. we just have to wait it out.. I believe thorns against the VIP are being planted but they will not stand for God Almighty Himself is in charge and His will “will” come to past.. u don’t worry Andrew God got u..
  • pension (06/03/2019, 09:51) Like (7) Dislike (5) Reply
    He is quitting now to ensure that he gets a decent pension. If he takes this low paying job in the opposition, that is the figure his pension will be calculated at in the next 4 years. Plain and simple, stop speculating otherwise
  • Eagle and Buffalo (06/03/2019, 10:27) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
    This is a mirage; it is not what it appears to be. The move is surprising, shocking and unprecedented. I don’t for a microsecond believe he is resigning just for personal reasons 8 days after the 25 February election. Rumors are rumors. But here are a few that are being fling about: 1. Mark and others were advised not to compete in the election, 2. Mark decide to run to save the seat for the NDP because other family member was not a sure thing. Just a few of rumors being floated. There are other rumors that Myron, Henry..........etc may cast their hat in the ring. In the end, D-4 residents will have to decide. The election should have reset the clock but there seem to be some unfinished business to take care of. The territory didn’t need this distraction now or later but it has to deal with it now rather than later. This is a teachable moment for other politicians and public servants. Ok. Let’s set the bye election date and let’s get ah dun.

    Let’s lead like eagles, not careen off the cliff like buffaloes.
  • Hodges (06/03/2019, 10:29) Like (14) Dislike (2) Reply
    Mark look sick and sound sick.
    • @ Hodges (06/03/2019, 12:24) Like (17) Dislike (4) Reply
      You're right. He is a sick SOB for having played this trick on the voters of the 4th and on a country that needs serious attention. He should be made to pay for the by-election.
      • the rock (06/03/2019, 14:31) Like (1) Dislike (5) Reply
        Hodges go suck an egg with the stupid hatred remarks, you jelous mark Aug!
  • left (06/03/2019, 12:37) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply

    Thank god so s*** children can go look work n he son stop payin the a*** them

  • Eyes Wide Open (07/03/2019, 00:56) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Why is Mark hands not in his jacket....his shoulders look kinda stiff. hehehe


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