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Political dynasty? From Dr Willard Wheatley to Dr Natalio D. Wheatley

Political dynasty? From Dr Willard Wheatley (right) to Dr Natalio D. Wheatley. Photo: VINO/File
The last Member in the House of Assembly (HoA) where his father was an elected official was former Legislator, Hubert R. O’Neal. Photo: GIS
The last Member in the House of Assembly (HoA) where his father was an elected official was former Legislator, Hubert R. O’Neal. Photo: GIS
Former Legislator, Robinson O’Neal, father of Hubert R. O’Neal, both of Virgin Gorda. Photo: VINO/Team of Reporters
Former Legislator, Robinson O’Neal, father of Hubert R. O’Neal, both of Virgin Gorda. Photo: VINO/Team of Reporters
LONG LOOK, Tortola, VI - Dr Willard Wheatley MBE, LLD, was the Virgin Islands’ (VI) second Chief Minister, who served in the post from 1971 to 1979.

He is credited for taking the Territory out of ‘grant-in-aid’ status and became the first Minister of Finance.

He served as Chief Minister at the head of two different coalition governments. One as de facto leader of the United Party (UP), and the other the VI Democratic Party (VIDP). 

Both parties are now defunct.

The late Chief Minister served in the Legislative branch from 1971, when he was first elected until 1983—some 12 years.

It was then the 6th and then 8th district, but it was the eastern end of Tortola.

Once Chief Minister Wheatley, a former educator retired from politics, one of his sons Douglas Wheatley attempted a bid in 2007, as an Independent Candidate, but was unsuccessful.

His grandson did it

His grandson however, Dr the Honourable Natalio D. Wheatley (R7), has now followed in his grandfather’s footsteps and was elected in 2019.  

Before that the man now with the second biggest portfolio in government first ran in 2011 with the People's Patriotic Alliance (PPA).   

He was unsuccessful in that bid and in 2015, he came back again with another new group headed by J. Alvin Christopher, a former legislator named People's Empowerment Party (PEP).

Hon Wheatley aka  ‘Showande Uhuru’ was again unsuccessful, however, he never gave up.

He joined the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) in 2016 and became the President.

This year, he ran with the now  ruling VIP and was successful—some 36 years after his grandfather, the late Chief Minister, left public office.

Recently

There are not much examples of where children or grandchildren of politicians have won seats in the VI, notwithstanding, there are other examples of family members.  

So maybe the Wheatley’s may be a rare dynasty.  

The last Member in the House of Assembly (HoA) where his father was an elected official was former Legislator, Hubert R. O’Neal. His father was Robinson O’Neal both of Virgin Gorda. 

13 Responses to “Political dynasty? From Dr Willard Wheatley to Dr Natalio D. Wheatley ”

  • Real Talk (07/03/2019, 13:51) Like (20) Dislike (2) Reply
    leave Natalio with VP pick he is a brilliant young man who understand politics, our constitution and International affairs that will effect the BVI.

    Premier please do not change him. If the rest vex let them put a smoke in their pipe. This is about country not self.
  • Anonymous (07/03/2019, 14:20) Like (13) Dislike (7) Reply
    pity there is no library to save this...good thing mvw is gone for ever
    • Reply (07/03/2019, 15:19) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
      Yes we have a serious minister now so our library coming soon. Vino does good works
    • Real (08/03/2019, 23:42) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Why MVW damm name again what happen he didn't give your broke ass money? as he has lots
  • new chapter (07/03/2019, 14:24) Like (4) Dislike (10) Reply
    hlscc kids don't have to worry about wheatley aka the hunter
  • Interesting (07/03/2019, 14:35) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    Very nice story regarding Natalio! Also points to the fact that people change party affiliations all the time and it should never be a factor when choosing leaders! Very good indeed!
  • Politico Nuevo (07/03/2019, 15:17) Like (21) Dislike (2) Reply
    Former Chief Minister Dr. Williard “Teacher Wheatley” Wheatley was a strong educator and a skilled politician who had success leading the territory from 1971-1979. He competed with the iconic former Chief Minister ( first Chief Minister) Hamilton Lavity Stoutt and won. Dr. W. Wheatley is credited with weaning the territory off of grant-in-aid. Think it is too early to declare a Wheatley political dynasty. Dr. Hon Deputy Premier (Acting) Natalio “Sowande Uhuru” Wheatley (D-7), MEC, is days into his first term. We need to wait and see what his performance record is.

    Moreover, Dr. N. Wheatley has one the larger ministries, ie, education, culture, sports, youth affairs, fisheries and agriculture. With this hefty portfolio, he needs a Junior Minister, if we want success from some of these services. IMO, Fisheries and Agriculture are misplaced in the MEC; these two functions should be grouped with natural resources and the environmental resources.
  • ALSO (07/03/2019, 15:49) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    I believe the late Hon. Leslie Malone was Hon. Carvin Malone's uncle.
  • family (07/03/2019, 21:36) Like (8) Dislike (4) Reply
    True, Leslie Malone was Carvin and Dr. Natalio Wheatley uncle. Carvin and Sowande are cousin. Former legislator Alfred Frett is Neville “Sheep” Smith uncle. Former legislator Conrad Maduro is Alvera Maduro Caines uncle. Former legislator Omar Hodge was Hubert O’Neal uncle. Yawn! What is the point?
    • jack (07/03/2019, 21:57) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      The article was about children and grandchildren who were elected; not aunts uncles and cousins at least my take. Good job to the writer Long live vino
    • voter (08/03/2019, 07:45) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      Late Leslie Malone was also great uncle to Marlon Penn. Carvin,Dr. Natalio and Marlon are all cousins...
  • roll eye (08/03/2019, 04:12) Like (3) Dislike (4) Reply
    Vino we do not want to hear buti name thank YOU
  • tola (08/03/2019, 07:14) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply
    just keep the legislative council local


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