[Updated] Providing a copy of his own drug test, Sylvan Richards, the BDA’s candidate for Constituency #26 said today [Nov 10] that “We believe that since the call for drug testing has been put on hold for MP’s and the current talk is about doing things differently, we should start now with constituency #26.”
Mr Richards has called for all potential MP’s for the upcoming by-election for #26, to submit to drug testing, saying “To show that I am embracing transparency and willing to walk the walk, I have submitted myself to a full testing and my results are here for all to see.” Pictured below is a copy of Mr Richards screening results:
Mr Richards, an insurance executive, is making his political debut in the December 15 by-election for former Premier Dr Ewart Brown’s seat. The PLP has put forward former Senator Marc Bean and the UBP is anticipated to field political newcomer Devrae Noel-Simmons.
Craig Cannonier, Leader of the BDA said in relation to Sylvan’s willingness to stand up to the scrutiny of the electorate “Sylvan has today demonstrated his character in leading by example in taking a drug test. The constituents of #26 deserve to know that Sylvan will not just talk – he is a man of action. After all actions speak louder than words. I have faith that the constituents of #26 will recognize Sylvan’s commitment and integrity.”
Mr Richards full statement follows below:
“The Bermuda Democratic Alliance embraces transparency and openness in conducting the People’s business. In that spirit, we believe that since the call for drug testing has been put on hold for MP’s and the current talk is about doing things differently, we should start now with constituency #26.
I therefore call for all potential MP’s for the upcoming by-election for #26, to submit to drug testing. To show that I am embracing transparency and willing to walk the walk, I have submitted myself to a full testing and my results are here for all to see.
In the coming weeks, I will be listening to the concerns of local area residents and setting a local agenda so that area residents will be properly represented in the House of Assembly. I look forward to meeting with the constituents on the doorstep and working with them to change Bermuda. “
Update 2:44pm: The UBP rolled out their candidate at 2pm; Mr Devrae Noel-Simmons, and he has also undergone drug testing, and produced the certificate. He said the UBP did not ask him to take it, he took it upon himself to take it and paid for it himself. Photo and story to come later this afternoon
Update 3:53pm: The PLP has responded to the drug testing concept, full statement posted here.
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