Newcomer to the political ring Kim Tudor is dismissing allegations that she has been paying individuals to destroy posters belonging to the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) in the St Michael North constituency.
Tudor, the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) candidate for that area, is seeking to unseat longtime incumbent Ronald Toppin of the BLP.
She is also going up against Maria Phillips of the United Progressive Party (UPP) and Angela Gibbs of Solutions Barbados.
Speaking at a political meeting in the St James South constituency on Monday night in support of the representative for that area Donville Inniss, Tudor said there have been claims that she was responsible for paying people to tear down posters belonging to Toppin.
However, Tudor dismissed those claims, saying if she had money to pay anyone it would be for them to develop their skills.
“I am not involved in the politics of accusation, I am not involved in the politics of tearing down posters, I am involved in the politics of transformation. I am involved in the politics of transforming lives,” Tudor told DLP supporters gathered on the lawn of Big V’s Snackette and Bar in Husbands Gardens, St James.
“I have heard that my opponent is claiming that I have paid persons to tear down his posters. Those of you who know me and know my constituency, if I had money there are so many young ladies who are single parents trying to raise their children in my constituency that if I had money I would not use it to pay somebody to tear down posters. I would give those young ladies to help them and ease the burden they are bearing. I don’t have to tear down posters. The people of St Michael North on May 24 will give him [Ronald Toppin] the message that they wish to give him, loud and clear!” she added.
Tudor’s comments comes days after police were called in to investigate reports of broken windows at the front and side of the constituency office of Member of Parliament for St Michael North West Chris Sinckler, an incident the BLP has condemned.
As the highly anticipated general election approaches political campaigning is expected to intensify, with various groups including the church, calling for candidates and their supporters to abstain from all forms of mudslinging and violence.
In encouraging the St James South residents to vote for Inniss, Tudor outlined what she said was part of the DLP’s plan to help breathe life back into the economy and “create prosperity” for residents.
She explained that a part of the plan was to continue to build out the renewable energy sector and entrepreneurship.
Stating that she felt the “pain” of residents over the state of the economy, Tudor said it was also her intention to help create an environment for people to stay in Barbados and help drive growth.
“We have to build an economy and an ethos that young persons do not feel that they have to go overseas in order to realize their dreams; that they can stay right here in Barbados and participate and be able to get ahead,” said Tudor, as she sought to drum up support for Inniss in the St James South constituency.
“We intend to bring some tax relief to you hardworking taxpayers. I know sometimes you feel overburdened and under appreciated. I can assure you that this Government feels your pain and does appreciate the sacrifice that you have made to ensure that the services, which we have grown accustomed, are maintained . . . so we will look at the tax rebates that you can get,” she said, adding that an immediate area where tax rebates could be offered was in the renewable energy sector for photovoltaic systems and electric vehicles.