Trade unionist and Barbados Labour Party (BLP) candidate for St George North, Toni Moore, has stepped down from her post as an independent Senator.
Her resignation took effect on October 1.
Attorney General Dale Marshall made the disclosure as he addressed party supporters during a BLP mass meeting in Lower Estate, St George on Sunday.
Following the announcement of Moore’s selection as the ruling party’s candidate for the November 11 by-election, members of opposing parties had been calling on her to exit the Senate.
Marshall told Sunday’s meeting that Governor-General Dame Sandra Mason had already received Moore’s resignation letter.
“I’ve been honoured to see the correspondence. I can’t share it with you because it is private correspondence between her and the Governor-General. If the Governor-General gives me permission, I would show it another day.
“This correspondence refers to a number of conversations that Toni Moore had with the Governor-General, and that she said ‘I am grateful for the opportunity to serve but I feel I must now resign’. Toni Moore is a decent and honourable woman,” Marshall revealed.
Moore also addressed critics’ comments about her remaining in the Senate, charging that it was their only talking point.
“In a way, that is a score I could have settled from last week by talking to you about it. But the truth is, had I told you that, what would the rest be talking about for the last week and a half? So, in a way, although the Attorney General told you – and yes, he had my permission if he saw it fit – I wanted that conversation to go on because the only way they would know what really was done or was not done [was when] there is the next session of Senate and they are reading out the letters and notices from Her Excellency.
“I wanted them to continue on in that debate because what you are getting from the opposition is not what they are going to do for you. They are putting their focus on me and making it about what I shouldn’t do or what I didn’t do. I don’t mind if the focus is on Moore,” the Barbados Workers’ Union general secretary said.
She urged constituents to “reflect carefully” on the important issues as they prepare to go to the polls in a few weeks.
“I want you to recognise we have an employment challenge; we have a number of serious challenges in this country. There is a lot of work to do…. I am your person, I am your man, I am your woman – however you want to see me – that is up for the challenge,” Moore insisted. (SB)