Newly elected Member of Parliament for Christ Church West Central, Adrian ‘Medic’ Forde says his landslide victory over Democratic Labour Party (DLP) candidate and former Minister of Culture Stephen Lashley will forever be a reminder to him never to take his constituents for granted.
Forde, a first-time candidate from the Barbados Labour Party (BLP), won every box in his constituency, amassing 3,891 votes to unseat the incumbent who got just 1,131 votes, five years after comfortably winning the seat by 827 votes.
Speaking to reporters at the Deighton Griffith School in the wee hours of this morning after presiding officer Morris Jones declared him the winner, a jubilant Forde said his opponent’s anguish was a reminder of what awaited him should he fail to live up to his promises as a representative.
“I have been given a serious mandate from the people and I cannot now back away from the promises that I made. It is not going to be easy but we have to put our hands to the plough and recognize that the lives of the people matter most,” he said.
“So I am saying to the people of Christ Church West Central that I would move with every sinew of my being to ensure that they get the level of representation that has been sadly lacking for the last 10 years.”
Forde vowed to represent his constituency without apology, even when it may not suit the agenda of his party.
“I will bring this constituency to a level of self-sufficiency that has never been seen before in Barbados, and I will do it whether or not my colleagues are vex or pleased,” he declared.
There were equally joyful scenes at the Garfield Sobers Gymnasium where another BLP first-time candidate, Ryan Straughn, was declared the duly elected representative for Christ Church East
He unseated three-time MP Ronald Jones by 2,728 votes. While he expressed gratitude to constituents for the confidence reposed in him, Straughn made it clear that it was time to get down to the business of representation and fixing the country.
There was no sign of either of the defeated candidates at the counting stations when the final tally was announced, and attempts to contact Jones and Lashley were unsuccessful. (CM)