First time Barbados Labour Party (BLP) political candidate for St Michael North West Neil Rowe has assured the constituency that “better days are ahead” under a Mia Mottley-led government.
Speaking at the launch of his constituency office last evening at Bird’s Road, Deacons, St Michael, Rowe served notice that he was on a mission to transform lives as he pledged to offer residents a “hand up” rather than “handouts”.
“This constituency office signifies hope in the lives in the people within this constituency.
“I would like to say that the people in this constituency matters most to me…being able to give people a hand up to better themselves is more important to me than trying to flood them with handouts,” he said to loud approval from the audience.
Rowe, who disclosed that he was born and raised in Brighton, Black Rock expressed concern that too many people in St Michael North West were facing severe hardship.
He charged that those who were in dire need of assistance were not getting the help they needed and vowed to reach out to all and not a select few.
Rowe received strong endorsements from members of the BLP team attending the launch including party chairman George Payne, St Michael West candidate Reverend Joseph Atherley, former St Michael North West MP Mark Williams and the party’s spokesman on economic affairs Clyde Mascoll.
Party leader Mia Mottley told the young candidate he was not facing a herculean task by going up against current MP and Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler.
She stressed representation had nothing to do with who you are but more about what the people wanted.
“What they want is somebody who cares about what they want, somebody who will be there for them.
“And I believe Neil that what you have brought to this campaign is the ability to care about people in a way that is unique and special and sincere, she said.
Mottley told the residents they had the double responsibility “ to choose a representative, but there responsibility too is to remove Chris Sinckler from the representational politics of this country because of what he has come to represent,” she said.