“We will not support Marsha Hinds-Layne.”
The Youth for Action group of the St Michael North West constituency today served notice that Hinds-Layne would not get the backing of residents to secure the nomination to become the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) candidate in the political riding.
“We have no intention of supporting Ms Marsha Hinds-Layne in any form or at any time to represent St Michael North West,” declared Natalie Branch-Sealy, the group’s spokesman. While the group is made up of members of the BLP, it’s not an official arm of the party.
So adamant is the group of more than 30 members from several communities including Brandons, Deacons Farm and Cave Hill that Hinds-Layne would not be accommodated that it was preparing to draft a formal letter to the BLP to state its objection.
“We plan to write the party to let them know we don’t want her and we would be putting our signatures to it and if we have to collect signatures then we will do that, because we don’t want her.”
On Tuesday, Hinds-Layne told Barbados TODAY in an interview that she wanted to help build a community that is based on cricket, football and cultural activity.
But Branch-Sealy insisted the group was not interested and it was already backing a young man, who she declined to name, to secure the BLP nomination.
According to Branch-Sealy, members of the constituency did not consider Hinds-Layne fit for the job partly because of her previous affiliation with the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) in the 2013 general election.
“We want to send a strong message to the BLP that we will not be supporting her, we will not be doing it. We do not advocate for her to come and we have a strong following in the constituency as well. A lot of people know Marsha from her days with the DLP. We know that she was very active in the last election with the Democratic Labour Party and we would be very disappointed if she was to be embraced at all by the BLP to become a candidate of the party.”
Branch-Sealy also took issue with comments made by the political hopeful who raised concern that garrison constituencies, which were part of the political landscape in Jamaica, were creeping into Barbados politics.
While Hinds-Layne did not name the constituencies or the politicians involved, Branch-Sealy said the comments were out of order from someone hoping to represent the people of St Michael North West.
“To liken us to Jamaica is very cruel and very disrespectful, especially for the constituents,” she argued.
Branch- Sealy said Youth For Action was already working with their candidate of choice whom she described as “influential and positive.”
“A lot of us would have been canvassed by the young gentleman that is planning to run as president for the branch. Some of us were at the constituency level meeting that was held late last month and Dr Jerome Walcott was there as well as Cynthia Forde. We are very pleased he is doing some excellent work and we are actually looking out for the constituents. If we call him now he is very, very supportive; he is very passionate and he is very caring because he listens and he has the interests of the constituents at heart.
“I am not only speaking for Free Hill, I am speaking for Brandons, Deacons Farm, Cave Hill and the other environs. Members of the constituency have been seeing him across the length and breadth of this constituency and we have not seen the face of Marsha Hinds-Layne.”
Branch Sealy added that the youth group, which is involved in charity work, was anxious to work with the new branch executive whenever it is elected, as long as Marsha Hinds-Layne is not involved.
“So we are saying no to Marsha Hinds-Layne, we have who we want already. We are working with the candidate and she knows him full well. We are backing him.”