Incumbent Member of Parliament for St Michael West Michael Carrington is confident that on May 24 he will once again get the nod from the people of that urban constituency to represent them in Parliament.
Carrington was joined by a modest entourage of placard bearing, yellow and blue t-shirt clad Democratic Labour Party (DLP) supporters today, as he arrived at the St Leonard’s Boys’ school to complete his nomination exercise.
“I expect it will be three straight [terms],” he later said, while suggesting that his incumbent DLP had done a lot with very few resources.
“We have done very well with very little in my view. In St Michael West we have a record obviously and we have made some headway with roads. We have made headway with housing and we are also uplifting communities,” he added.
When asked by reporters if he would consider retiring on election night if he loses his seat, the outgoing Speaker of the House of Assembly said that thought had not even crossed his mind.
“That has not crossed my mind but if you want me to go further, it will decide if Joe’s party continues or Mia Mottley’s continues,” he said in reference to his main political opponent Bishop Joseph Atherley of the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) who appeared confident today as he entered the Richmond Gap institution with a crowd of BLP supporters, decked out in red t-shirts and armed with placards.
“ I was very confident in 2013 and if it is possible I am absolutely very much more confident in 2018,” Atherley told reporters, while suggesting that the BLP was well prepared and ready to take the country’s reins.
“What is different is that we have a 2018 team that is very well prepared and ready to serve. The people of Barbados have given the Dems [DLP] a chance again in 2013. We have had a culture in Barbados of giving a party at least two terms and so they did not take the opportunity in 2013 to remove them and now in the last five years they have seen that these guys are never going to be ready to do the job and they are ready to make a change and certainly they are ready to make the change in St Michael North West,” he said.
Meanwhile former DLP candidate Patsie Nurse, who is now contesting the May 24 election under a United Progressive Party banner, also fancies her chances.
“ I feel good. I feel great. It is not the first time, but I am ready. I know that I can get in there and get the votes. I am confident enough. I am getting good support from the constituency of St Michael West,” she said.