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‘Mitch’ confesses: I asked to be a minister in the next Govt’

-Hon Walwyn’s response, “we will talk!”
Former National Democratic Party (NDP) Chaplain, Honourable Melvin M. Turnbull (R2), aka ‘Mitch,’ has confirmed that prior to his resignation from the party recently, he held a two hours long meeting with Leader, Honourable Myron V. Walwyn (AL), where he requested to be seated as a Minister should the party be successful at the next elections. Photo: Team of Reporters
The party leader’s response was “we will talk.” Photo: VINO/File
The party leader’s response was “we will talk.” Photo: VINO/File
FISH BAY, Tortola, VI – Former National Democratic Party (NDP) Chaplain, Honourable Melvin M. Turnbull (R2), aka ‘Mitch,’ has confirmed that prior to his resignation from the party recently, he held a two-hours long meeting with Leader, Honourable Myron V. Walwyn (AL), where he requested to be seated as a Minister should the party be successful at the next elections.

Hon Turnbull gave the confession yesterday, December 5, 2018, during a media engagement with Progressive Virgin Islands Movement (PVIM) Leader, Honourable Ronnie W. Skelton (AL), at Skelton Lots in Fish Bay, Tortola.

Asked by reporters if he had demanded a ministerial position prior to submitting his resignation, Hon Turnbull said, that “I asked or demanded a ministry is absolutely false.”

He later went on to explain that this was with the sitting government since, “I did ask that I be seated as a minister in the next government.”

Position Clear

Speaking to his meeting with Hon Walwyn, prior to his public departure, HonTurnbull said, his request was since he wanted to know what direction the party was taking in future.

“I made my position clear to the Chairman of the party…If we are to go forward I need to understand how we are going to address the issues” and pointed to examples such as the BVI Airways debacle and the ‘overpriced wall’ around the Elmore Stoutt High School, among others.

“I said to the Minister (Walwyn) if I am to serve—because you are going to have to build an entire new government—being a senior member (of the NDP) these are the things that I expect….I did ask that I be seated as a minister within the next government”

According to Hon Turnbull, the party leader’s response was, “we will talk.”  

Allegiance Letter

Hon Turnbull told media operatives that following the election of Hon Walwyn as Chairman and Leader, he continued attending executive meetings, since he was elected as Chaplain.

He said however, he declined to put his signature when the letter came from Hon Walwyn, demanding that members sign their allegiance to him, going into General Elections.

“I refused to sign the letter,” Hon Turnbull disclosed, but justified his action saying that his concerns were not being addressed by the party’s leadership.

These concerns he said, surrounded how things were moving with the government and the changes that would be effected under the new leadership.

Spilling the internal affairs of the party into the public domain, Hon Turnbull disclosed that there are members of the party that do not speak with each other; “there are issues within the NDP that I hoped we would address.”

11 Responses to “‘Mitch’ confesses: I asked to be a minister in the next Govt’ ”

  • voters will make the switch (06/12/2018, 09:13) Like (29) Dislike (17) Reply
    but he also asked Andrew for a Ministry well sah
  • 50 cent (06/12/2018, 09:39) Like (32) Dislike (6) Reply
    A house divided against itself cannot stand. It’s clear that they are all for self and not for country. How can you have people who suppose to be working for the betterment of each and every Virgin Islander not be on speaking terms to do the people’s work? No wonder the people’s work can’t get done. They knew this would never never work, now look at the outcome. Everyone power hungry. GET THE STRAP
  • TOWN (06/12/2018, 09:52) Like (8) Dislike (5) Reply
    without a Ministry what can u get do like really. Can someone explain to me please. Thanks
    • Plonker (06/12/2018, 21:00) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
      @Town [pressuming you are from/live in RT] - what did Road Town get for all these years? Sewerage on the streets, neighborhoods and harbours, crumbling roads, lack of street lights want me to go on? It’s not about power and dictatorship in each ministry; rather uplifting the entire country. Being selfless vs. selfish should be the natural order in Government(s).
  • ReX FeRal (06/12/2018, 12:29) Like (13) Dislike (5) Reply
    "He said however, he declined to put his signature when the letter came from Hon Walwyn, demanding that members sign their allegiance to him, going into General Elections."

    OK. Walwyn pulling a Donald Trump move like when the US President asked the FBI Director to be loyal to him. Country above party and self should be the call of the day. What kind of half baked answer is "well will talk". This is NOT effective leadership and team work. You cannot demand free people to be loyal to you if they have issues with you.
  • power (06/12/2018, 13:37) Like (22) Dislike (1) Reply
    It's all about power. These people are not humble even though they all claim to be our 'humble servants'. It's all about power for all ah dem. They don't care anything about us. None of them. Once they get elected, the all get to travel on our dime, show off on facebook how they living lavish off the treasury, the ego's get an all time high and screw we the people, while all of them elevate themselves.

    What minister you want to be? youall stop lying to the people about how much you care for us and how you were brought up. Each man for themselves and God for us all. People, do you know what kind of state of affair this place would be in if he gets a ministry seat? This thing is about family and cronies first and they sh..t on the rest of us. Who don't hear will feel, and we shall all feel the brunt of the direction of this governless territory
  • oops (06/12/2018, 23:38) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    Minister or minister son the politic and power gone to his head. I want a ministry, promised me that to keep me here or I will bolt. Why would anyone promised such a thing when no one knows what tomorrow will bring? With the tension high and things looking dicey how ign can such things be asked or promised? Come on leave like a boss. Btw if MW is divisive as you say it would be interesting if he kept record of their exchange wouldn't it? What would this flipper say then?
  • musa (07/12/2018, 06:19) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    this guy need to know a boy job and a man job
  • The New Evil (07/12/2018, 08:52) Like (1) Dislike (4) Reply
    This Is the new xpat hater . The new Divider. Who thinks he is the chosen one. Smarter and brighter and must get his way .


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