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Lorna G. Smith OBE enters 2023 elections race

Mrs Lorna G. Smith, the wife of former Premier Dr D. Orlando Smith, OBE, has announced she will be contesting the 2023 General Election as an At-Large Candidate. Photo: Facebook
Former First Lady Lorna G. Smith, OBE, right, seen here alongside her husband and former Premier Dr D. Orlando Smith, OBE, has said she is still to decide whether she will be running Independent or with an established political party. Photo: Team of Reporters/File
Former First Lady Lorna G. Smith, OBE, right, seen here alongside her husband and former Premier Dr D. Orlando Smith, OBE, has said she is still to decide whether she will be running Independent or with an established political party. Photo: Team of Reporters/File
FISH BAY, Tortola, VI- Mrs Lorna G. Smith, the wife of former Premier Dr D. Orlando Smith, OBE, has announced she will be contesting the 2023 General Election as an At-Large Candidate.

Smith, who served as the Director of BVI Finance until her retirement in 2019, made the announcement on The Big Story with Cathy O. Wilson on JTV today, February 22, 2023.

The former First Lady has said she is still to decide whether she will be running Independent or with an established political party.

Her husband remains a Member of the National Democratic Party (NDP)

“I do plan to contest the elections as an At-Large Candidate,” Mrs Smith disclosed.

She added: “About two weeks ago I was asked. In fact, I was told that the story was going to be printed and I said then that I was seriously considering and today I can tell you that I have made my decision that I will contest the elections.”

'Passionate' about the VI

Mrs Smith said she has always been passionate about the [British] Virgin Islands and its people and that she believes the territory and its people deserve the best.

“My mission as a professional has always been to make sure that the Territory of the British Virgin Islands got the best. I am running to fulfill that mission,” Mrs Smith said.

More details to follow.

62 Responses to “Lorna G. Smith OBE enters 2023 elections race”

  • street reporter. (22/02/2023, 16:44) Like (30) Dislike (1) Reply
    Lord have mercy...Her courage and bravery must be admired..
    • Gwen (23/02/2023, 08:58) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
      She really has a voice of reason and I will never forget when she went to the UK and told them off. Being said, I don't think she should run, but be a powerful voice giving good advice for our country. Running for office is very strenuous on an older person and riddled with headaches. Take the money from CDC and let her be a positive Consultant.
      • Rubber Duck (23/02/2023, 10:16) Like (4) Dislike (4) Reply
        She might be clocking on but she is fitter than most. Runs half marathons for charity. Works out every morning.
        She doesnt , unlike some, publicize the physical work she does for charity but she does it.
        Fit, smart, dedicated to BVI, and scrupulously honest, she is a great candidate.
        I dont see one better.
        • Citizen (23/02/2023, 14:07) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
          How much local these so-called charity help. We know she is loved by you guys. She looks up to the colonizers, she only has their interest at heart.
    • @Street Reporter (23/02/2023, 09:04) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
      She can't be behind the scenes telling the leader how to run the territory anymore, so this is her desperate attempt to rule. She would never get my vote!
  • Unvaxxed sperm donor (22/02/2023, 16:52) Like (20) Dislike (8) Reply
    I scared of these old time politicians or anyone old that had political ties. They might force the next batch of vaxx on me when they get the money, eh ehmm I mean the opportunity.
  • No to expact (22/02/2023, 16:54) Like (17) Dislike (42) Reply

    does her old r@*$ even eligible to run? she was born in Anguilla

    • Village (22/02/2023, 22:21) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
      Her brother is mark Vanderpool where was he born not sure if is Anguilla
    • @No to Expact (23/02/2023, 08:29) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
      I wish I knew where to send the crown for you. You schippid, schippid, schippid. And to top it off, you are disrespectful. You cannot compare yourself to her in anyway, she is brilliant, experienced and a whole lot more than you would ever be so please take a bunch of seats.
    • @No to expat (23/02/2023, 11:19) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
      Can a naturalized Virgin Islander hold public office? She has been sharing her advice from with H. Lavity Stoutt as his Permanent secretary. Why is this an issue now? You imply that you are not an expat, why are you not running? Do you not have passion to see the BVI succeed? If you can do better her, then by all means come forward and let us know you. By the way I am ALL local. Not just born here.
  • Call a Spade a spade (22/02/2023, 17:04) Like (46) Dislike (7) Reply
    But I thought we were moving away from the old guard of corruption and victimization politics. Where the hell is she going then? This is like much of the same the UK will take us over with people like her in power.

    Can she explain to our people her role in the $7.2M plane? What about the conflict of interest when she had a contract with the Ministry of Finance when her very husband was the Minister of Finance? What about the financial over up when she was at the BVI London Office? I have more!
  • Lb (22/02/2023, 17:05) Like (28) Dislike (7) Reply
    Wow! Not even 500 votes! Any bets? This will be a very humbling experience! Soul crushing even.
  • Wonderful (22/02/2023, 17:06) Like (5) Dislike (7) Reply
    Yes please
  • again (22/02/2023, 17:06) Like (29) Dislike (7) Reply
    Here we go again. Can’t help herself but to try to cheat young people out of work. No dear go find the 7.2 million dollars of tax payer money you help you husband giveaway.
  • Native senior citizen (MoG) of the British Virgin Islands (22/02/2023, 17:08) Like (40) Dislike (5) Reply
    Mrs Lorna G. Smith, what else does our Country owed to you and the former NDP Premier, Dr. Orlando Smith, MD, hat you both not have not already gotten?

    Let us think unselfishly, and act reasonable. Base on the chaotic happenings in our of late, what make even think that your have the ability to positively remedy or calm these storms.
    In and mine honest opinion, you lack the ability we now need. My opinion is that. you with draw your candidency. Our country at this critical time needs strong, positive, unselfish clear minded, caring minded leader than you you are, now, and can become at this time. Your time has past. Both you husband was and probably are a part of our ongoing problems.
  • Awaiting - (22/02/2023, 17:14) Like (28) Dislike (1) Reply
    The comments. Let me grab some popcorn.
  • jah (22/02/2023, 17:24) Like (24) Dislike (0) Reply
    Pls enjoy retirement.. assist the further generations..
    • Traveler (23/02/2023, 09:36) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply

      Future generations like the incompetent ones there now?

      She has impressive foreign experience and deserves a chance.
  • My vote? (22/02/2023, 17:27) Like (35) Dislike (1) Reply
    Is it truly a love for the country or a need to have power and control over the things of this country.
  • Love (22/02/2023, 17:30) Like (53) Dislike (0) Reply
    Love you my friend but I think it's time you take a rest like that wonderful man beside you. Better you try to give wise counsel than entering the race at this stage.
  • Law Abiding citizen (22/02/2023, 17:40) Like (17) Dislike (59) Reply
    Finally! Someone with credibility and knowledge. Men have drowned this territory. It's time for a woman to lead the way!
    • @ Law abiding citizen (22/02/2023, 18:01) Like (25) Dislike (15) Reply

      her old 71 year r@#& need to go sit down. Let she go run Anguilla

    • @Law Abiding citizen (22/02/2023, 18:05) Like (19) Dislike (4) Reply
      Oh please. Post things with sense.
    • trevor (22/02/2023, 19:07) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
      Perhaps you are correct, but certainly not this woman!
    • .... (22/02/2023, 22:43) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
      And who was behind some of these men?
      She was right there sailing the ship before it went down.
  • LN (22/02/2023, 18:05) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    Henry should of run
    • @LN (23/02/2023, 09:50) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      She wants to remain in control. She can control her son and husband, advising them behind the scenes on how to rule the VI but neither of them wants to run.
  • Prophecy of CSC (22/02/2023, 18:05) Like (5) Dislike (5) Reply
    CSC said he saw a woman rising up as our next leader. He also said a lot of other things that have never came to past. However, we shall see.
  • Tik Tok (22/02/2023, 18:06) Like (4) Dislike (31) Reply
    Lorna for Premier 4 sure.
  • Sad (22/02/2023, 18:44) Like (32) Dislike (5) Reply
    This is so unfortunate. I weep for this Territory. She’s so hungry for power she will bring the country down with her. Beyond selfishness.
  • resident (22/02/2023, 18:57) Like (28) Dislike (7) Reply
    Dead on arrival
  • Help Us! (22/02/2023, 19:03) Like (20) Dislike (2) Reply
    Now the BVI is getting desperate - please tell us there are fresh new faces coming to vote for not the old guard being rolled out!
  • Tolian (22/02/2023, 19:50) Like (16) Dislike (21) Reply
    Lorna is one of the most knowledge and respected persons in the financial sector. She knows the busines. And she knows government having been Lavity's ps. Insiders would say she ran Lavity's govt. I much rather vote for someone who has the knowledge and experience in the International finance sector and govt than a set of deadbeats who have no clue how govt/finance/legal profession etc works. She's a strong woman and is a great choice with her experience. You cannot taint her with ndp brush just beciase of her husband. . She got my vote for sure.
  • helen (22/02/2023, 20:05) Like (19) Dislike (7) Reply
    No more old buck and heffer. Lorna why you don’t go take care of you husband in his old days.
  • cut and paste (22/02/2023, 20:26) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    This doesn’t make sense????????????????
  • ReX FeRal (22/02/2023, 20:46) Like (14) Dislike (2) Reply
    There should be an age limit on eligibility to run for office.
    • At Large winners (23/02/2023, 02:18) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
      1/ Ronnie....2/ Shareen....3/ Myron..( If he is alliwed to Run ) ....4/ Sherri or Sheep. . Ssd, the same old gusrds, waiting to see and hear from the new young faces....#3 & 4 is still weak and suspect, depends on how strong and convincing the new young faces are.
  • Age limit (22/02/2023, 20:50) Like (13) Dislike (5) Reply
    For this election should be 50 years max. No dinosaurs!
  • (22/02/2023, 21:58) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    So mark gone so she love power not country
  • lol (22/02/2023, 22:01) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Lol wellsa. Well the treasury needs money..
  • long look me come from (22/02/2023, 23:20) Like (9) Dislike (3) Reply
    She has suck enough out of government leave the treasury alone Lorna imagine you and funny man in office lord send help take the wheel lord Jesus
  • Dancing with the Stars (22/02/2023, 23:40) Like (8) Dislike (6) Reply
    The announcement of Mrs. Lorna Smith's intention to contest a seat in the 2023 General Election is a shock to me because she knows fully well that under the 2007 Constitution Order, she would not be qualified to contest a seat in the General Election because to the best of my information gathering, she was born in Anguilla. Under the 2007 Constitution Order one has to be born in the Territory or be a Virgin Islander or be a citizen by descent. If someone is from another country and become a citizen by naturalization, that does not qualify him or her to vote in a General Election.
    What a shame on Lorna. Don't try to fool the people. We would like to see your birth certificate on nomination day.
    • confused (23/02/2023, 07:52) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
      But, what about Mark Vanterpool, her brother? It is said that he came to Tortola a little boy. Isn't him a Minister?
  • Jojo (23/02/2023, 00:02) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
    Are there requirements for being born in the country

    Clearly this is not a move for the betterment of the country. This is a grasp for power and control. Who is going to be able to work with this woman. We have to say no thank you.
  • YES SIR (23/02/2023, 00:46) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    Still seeking power and popularity at her age. Still trying to revamp cliquism of yesterdays.
  • FEO GOMEZ (23/02/2023, 03:16) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    If you didn’t know you weren’t liked you will find out now. I personally feel she will be good to fight UK.
  • hi (23/02/2023, 07:14) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    Just not a people person. We have to say no thank you. Shouldn't you be running a rotary club or something like it???
    No no no no
  • Dancing with the starsI (23/02/2023, 07:35) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    If this lady decides to contest the General Election as a candidate, then the Attorney General MUST advice the Territory if she is QUALIFIED and credible to sit in the House of Assembly. I do hope this issue will be address by the Attorney General as quickly as possible. This is gross dishonesty. Hon Mark Vanterpool was successful because he contested the General Election before the 2007 Constitution. People of the Virgin Islands we must stand up and stop this thin from happening. If it cannot be resolved here in the local judiciary then the matter will go to the Privy Council.
  • mark my words (23/02/2023, 09:01) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    United we stand, divided we shall fall. The troublemakers are out.
  • Free for all (23/02/2023, 09:16) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Well if she run I gon encourage Supa Cop to run. Everything will be under Law and Order
  • tola (23/02/2023, 09:21) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    Let the UK take over then if no one good enough for the BVI population .
  • lol (23/02/2023, 09:48) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    The lady is running for her fourth term as Premier. She already had her chance 2003 to 2007 and 2011 to 2019. Time for new blood.
  • Voters (23/02/2023, 10:59) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    How many of y'all commenting could actually vote though? Lol
  • Biggs (23/02/2023, 12:46) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply

    Buh where this old dru****n think she going buddy

  • born here (24/02/2023, 07:48) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Maybe you need a few more glasses of wine to clear your head, you need to go sit down with that BS. look what happen in IRMA and Maria you people only care about your friends and family, while the people that really needed the help stand by and watch the truck pack with goods heading to houses that already have and the people who really needed never got anything. now you want vote i beg you please to so sit down and continue drinking your wine.

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