She was quoted by the Nation newspaper in a November 14 back page story as saying she would not be running again in St John.
And since then, it appeared as though her party and constituents were ready to move on to life after Mara Thompson in the ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP) stronghold.
However, amid whispers within the DLP ranks that Thompson was still in the race, Barbados TODAY reached out to the St John incumbent today in a bid to set the record straight on whether she was contesting the next election, and was surprisingly told by Thompson that what was recently “announced” in the Nation newspaper was nothing short of “nonsense”.
“What was put in the paper [Nation newspaper] was definitely very wrong,” she said, before quickly excusing herself from the conversation.
However, based on the earlier report, at least two prominent members of the ruling DLP have since expressed an interest in replacing Thompson as the DLP’s representative.
They are Leroy McClean, a former protégé of the late National Hero and Father of Independence Errol Barrow and Consul General to Toronto and DLP General Secretary George Pilgrim. Both men have previously ran on the DLP ticket without success and have formally written to the Freundel Stuart led political party asking to be considered as candidates.
With Thompson seemingly out of the way, political scientist Dr George Belle had also identified McClean, as well as DLP senators Verla De Peiza and Dr Esther Byer-Suckoo as possible replacements.
However, based on the latest statement by Thompson, who secured a landslide victory in the January 20, 2011 by-election to replace her late husband and Prime Minister David Thompson, who died in office on October 23, 2010, it remains to be seen who will carry the DLP banner in St John, which has been a safe seat for the DLP since 1958.
Efforts to reach Pilgrim for comment today were unsuccessful but when reached McClean said he would reserve his comments until he got clarity from the party on the matter.