Hotel executive Colin Jordan accepted his nomination for the St Peter constituency this evening with a promise of effective representation.
Jordan was nominated unopposed at a meeting at the Alexandra School by Richard Arthur, brother of former Prime Minister Owen Arthur, who has been the representative for the northern constituency for the past 30 years.
In his acceptance speech, Jordan – who Arthur had named as his successor – said he had learnt from the best.
“I promise ladies and gentlemen, with God’s help to be an effective representative and to be your representative. I look forward to the continued support, suggestions, advice and prayers of all branch members. I look forward to helping to play my part, how ever small it may be, as a member of the Barbados Labour Party to help to drag Barbados out of the hands of those who seem bent on destroying it and destroying its legacy,” he said.
Jordan also thanked former Prime Minister Arthur for his leadership and having faith in him.
“I wish to express gratitude to former Prime Minister Owen Arthur for his astute national leadership during the period when the Barbados Labour Party held office from 1994 to 2008. He [did] this while presiding over the unprecedented transformation and modernization of the infrastructure in St Peter,” he told supporters.
“I also wish to thank him for his unhesitating support when my name was broached with him as someone who could fill his shoes. I want to thank him for his guidance and for quietly giving me, over the last two years, many opportunities to act on his behalf.”
The St Peter incumbent resigned from the BLP back in July, at the height of internal wrangling, and is due to serve out the remainder of his term as an Independent.