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'We've moved on' from Hon Alvera Maduro-Caines - Hon Penn

- Hons Fraser & Turnbull said they would have liked discussions with Hon Maduro-Caines
Opposition Leader, Hon Marlon A. Penn (R8) has said the Opposition has 'moved on' with the unexpected loss of Sixth District Representative, Hon Alvera Maduro-Caines (R6) who left the Opposition and the National Democratic Party (NDP) to join arms with Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) and the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) government. Photo: Facebook/File
Opposition Member and Third District Representative, Hon Julian Fraser RA, in responding to the possibilities of crossing the floor, said anything was possible, given the history of the House of Assembly (HoA). Photo: Facebook/File
Opposition Member and Third District Representative, Hon Julian Fraser RA, in responding to the possibilities of crossing the floor, said anything was possible, given the history of the House of Assembly (HoA). Photo: Facebook/File
Hon Alvera Maduro-Caines' announcement to leave the NDP was made a week ago on Monday, January 20, 2020, at a 3 pm during a Press conference with Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) at the Village Cay Hotel and Marina Conference Room. Photo: Facebook/File
Hon Alvera Maduro-Caines' announcement to leave the NDP was made a week ago on Monday, January 20, 2020, at a 3 pm during a Press conference with Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) at the Village Cay Hotel and Marina Conference Room. Photo: Facebook/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - "We've moved on," were the words of Opposition Leader, Hon Marlon A. Penn (R8) when questioned by reporters how the Opposition was grappling with the unexpected loss of Sixth District Representative Hon Alvera Maduro-Caines (R6), who parted ways with the Opposition and the National Democratic Party (NDP) to join arms with Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) and the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Government.

"I've put a statement... that spoke to our concerns and how the process happened. Alvera Maduro-Caines has a right to make a decision and we've moved on, we are here now to talk about the plans for the Opposition moving forward, the plans for this Territory moving forward," Hon Penn said at a Tuesday, January 21, 2020, Opposition press conference at the Office of the House of Assembly (HoA).

Focus on other aspects of the economy - Hon Penn

Honourable Penn said attention should instead now be paid to other aspects of the local economy such as the financial services sector.

Hon Penn, when questioned, said he could not comment on the future of the existing Opposition Members, namely Honourable Julian Fraser RA (R3), Honourable Mark H. Vanterpool (R4) and Honourable Melvin M. Turnbull aka 'Mitch'. He said members can speak for themselves on what their plans are regarding remaining in the Opposition.

"The reality is, Hon Maduro-Caines made a decision to move on with the Virgin Islands Party... we are here to talk about the plans of the Opposition moving forward, how we are going to keep the government, hold its feet to the fire, ensure that this Territory, the people of this Territory are given the best leadership to be able to create an environment that could help develop the economy," he said.

"We have a job to do and we are going to execute our job," Hon Penn affirmed.

'Anything is possible' - Hon Fraser 

Hon Fraser, in responding to the possibilities of other Opposition Members crossing the floor, said anything was possible, given the history of the House of Assembly (HoA). 

"We were surprised because we weren't afforded the courtesy of a discussion before it happened, and I think that's the great unfortunate part about the whole thing," Hon Fraser said.

According to the member for the Third District, "We are going to make the best of the situation that we have, we have a programme which the Leader of the Opposition laid out, and we intend to pursue it with vigour."

Hon Turnbull indicated that, while he respects the decision of Hon Maduro-Caines, he too would have liked a discussion with the member before her departure from the Opposition.

14 Responses to “'We've moved on' from Hon Alvera Maduro-Caines - Hon Penn ”

  • asking for a friend (28/01/2020, 07:34) Like (8) Dislike (9) Reply
    When will we move on from him?
  • Eagle Eye (28/01/2020, 08:16) Like (9) Dislike (7) Reply
    When election comes Delilah better don't come to me holding no discussion either.
    • z6ne (28/01/2020, 22:00) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ eagle eye
      Trust me we dont need you, so keep your comments to yourself
  • HAHA (28/01/2020, 08:20) Like (12) Dislike (10) Reply
    Marlon need to stop spread lies.
  • resident (28/01/2020, 08:28) Like (16) Dislike (1) Reply
    ndp is dead but something else is needed so we have an alternative should vip ever stray from the light
  • Free Willie (28/01/2020, 08:46) Like (17) Dislike (9) Reply
    Hon’s, Penn, Fraser and Turnbull can you please answer this question, If you are employed in in organization and it is your intention to resign, do you have a discussion with your organization leaders to discuss your resignation or you just tender it to them?
  • Quiet Rebel (28/01/2020, 09:06) Like (13) Dislike (2) Reply
    Hon Marlon Penn, D-8 Rep and leader of the opposition, you said that you moved on from Hon Alvera Maduro-Caines, D-6 Rep and 3-term legislator, bolting to the VIP. So why are you still talking about her exit, even when the media bring her up. Move on. Hon Maduro-Caines made a personal choice without consulting with her former mates. Some may call that unprofessional. Clearly, she was apparently not into you guys anymore. Notice that Hon Julian Fraser, D-3 Rep, stated he would like to have been consulted. Interesting! If my memory serves me right, he bolted without consultation from the VIP, having lost the chairmanship of the party to current Premier Andrew Fahie; at one juncture, he even quipped Andrew who. Let’s keep it real. What is good for the gander is good for the goose, is it not?
  • josiah'sbay (28/01/2020, 09:14) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is further proof that the territory doesn't really need a party system. How do you appeal to people to back your ideas and vision and have them elect you and only months later cross the floor to the opposition and back their ideals and vision. This shows a total disrespect for the electorate. What we need is thirteen independent, patriotic progressive people who are committed to the advancement of the territory. As it is now things are cumbersome, erratic and counter productive and results is slow progress.
  • ReX FeRal (28/01/2020, 09:18) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply

    Moved on to where?
  • ccc (28/01/2020, 09:27) Like (10) Dislike (10) Reply
    The weak people in zone 8 need to move on now from smuf
  • Trump (28/01/2020, 09:40) Like (11) Dislike (5) Reply
    I don’t believe a word Marlon said, he is out of the NDP camp of lies and more lies
  • Yup (28/01/2020, 11:49) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    Evil boy.
  • bvi (28/01/2020, 14:14) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    She had all rights to move on....It was not working for her. Move on yes...… When you all going to get that. NEXT...
  • drake (29/01/2020, 10:07) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    based on my intellectual capacity and my vast knowledge, tactically and tentatively, right from the beginning, of times especially in the light of Ecclesiastes evolution I have come to a concrete, definite and profound conclusion that I actually have nothing to say thank.


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