The United Progressive Party’s (UPP) candidate Ambrose Grosvenor believes the work he has been putting in on the ground since 2019, has given him the edge over his opponents in the St George North by-election race.
Insisting that none of the other five candidates contesting next month’s by-election could boast of such a record, Grosvenor said he was optimistic his hard work would play off.
“I am extremely confident and that’s not something flippant or even a vacuous statement. My confidence is borne out in the fact that I have been out since last year March. No other candidate in this race can claim such,” Grosvenor told members of the media this morning after paying his deposit at the Treasury.
“I have been through communities and continue to do so. What separates my run from any other run is the familiarity with the issues of St George North. So you would never hear me say like someone said on Sunday night in Market Hill that they were surprised by the acute water problems in St George North. That statement could only have been made by someone who is distant from the community in St George North. I am not that person.”
Pointing out that he was a full fledged “St George man” having been born in Sweet Bottom and lived in Workmans, Grosvenor said during his campaigning he had listened in earnest to the voices of the constituents.
The former banker said one of their major issues was the dump located in Lower Estate.
Grosvenor said despite promises from former Member of Parliament for the area Gline Clarke to have the issue rectified, nothing had been done.
“This is not my first time walking the length and breadth of St George North because in 2018 I accompanied Heru [Everton Holligan] during his campaign throughout St George North. So I am not one to depend on people in swarms as we’re seeing now.
“What I have is an organic campaign, a campaign that has been responded to by the constituents of St George North. As I canvas, they are actually telling me what are their concerns,” Grosvenor said.
“Those residents of Lower Estate, Airy Hill, Parish Land, even further east, they experience a stink that is horrible. That matter has to be addressed and no pussyfooting as has happened in the past four or so years will suffice. We need someone who really believes that representation matters and that is the person that I am.” ([email protected])