Government this morning utilized its majority in the House of Assembly to defeat the latest motion of no confidence brought by the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP).
When the vote was called by Speaker of the House Michael Carrington just after 2 a.m., all 12 BLP Members of Parliament (MPs), including St Michael East representative Trevor Prescod, who has recently been unwell, were in their seats. They voted in unison in favour of the Opposition-sponsored measure.
However, 16 MPs, including recently expelled BLP member and Christ Church West representative Dr Maria Agard, who now sits as an independent, voted against the no confidence motion – the third to be brought by the Mia Mottley-led BLP since 2008.
Former Prime Minister Owen Arthur, who is mourning the death of his father Frank Arthur, who passed away on Tuesday at age 89, did not participate in the no confidence debate.
The 30-member House was adjourned just after 2:10 a.m. until next Tuesday.
In the meantime, the Opposition BLP has announced that it will be staging a “white” march for justice next Thursday. Mottley said full details will be announced on Friday.
However, back in July 2014, BLP supporters, some armed with placards, had gathered in Heroes Square, The City, under Mottley’s leadership, in a similar bid, which had failed to get Government to repeal its controversial Municipal Solid Waste Tax.
However, the Opposition continues to put pressure on the Freundel Stuart administration to step down and call fresh elections.
A new poll is not constitutionally due before 2018.