With elections constitutionally due next year, the opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) is confident of victory in St Philip.
Speaking to Barbados TODAY during a motorcade in the St Philip West community on Saturday, BLP candidate John King said the ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP) has lost its influence in the parish after nearly ten years of neglect.
The current representatives also include Dr David Estwick for St Philip West, Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite for St Philip South and Minister of Transport and Works Michael Lashley for St Philip North.
“I think the incumbents have done a good job of handing it over to us,” King said.
He went on to highlight the “social injustices” that the constituents of St Philip West have been exposed to.
He said bad roads and unemployment remain major concerns for the people within the constituency.
“When in Barbados have you seen so many people losing their homes and you have politicians arguing about ten per cent? Give me a break,” he said while criticizing the current representative Dr Estwick for his “unsatisfactory handling of issues” such as youth unemployment.
“We have a representative that spends a lot of time going into shops and giving them drinks. What are you encouraging them to do, to bury their sorrows in alcohol? It doesn’t work! When they are finished drinking, they still have no jobs, they still have no money, no hope,” said King.
He stressed that Barbadians are well educated people and their votes and their futures could not be bought with a drink at a rum shop.