The Progressive Labour Party will be hosting Special Delegates Conference on Friday [Dec 21] to select a new Party Leader.
Former Premier and Party Leader Paula Cox lost her Devonshire North West seat to the OBA’s Glen Smith on Monday, and her party was also defeated at the polls, with the OBA claiming a 19-17 seat victory.
Yesterday the PLP confirmed that Ms Cox tendered her resignation as Party Leader effective immediately, and that Derrick Burgess would serve as Acting Deputy Leader in the interim.
The PLP constitution [PDF] says: “In the event of the death, retirement, resignation, or removal of the Party Leader or Deputy Leader, a joint session of the General Conference Delegates and Members of the House of Assembly shall be reconvened within seven (7) days to elect a replacement.”
The person selected as party leader must be an elected MP. The 17 elected PLP MPs are: Lovitta Foggo, Derrick Burgess, Wayne Furbert, Glenn Blakeney, Walter Roban, Michael Weeks, Walton Brown, David Burt, Rolfe Commissiong, Lawrence Scott, Marc Bean, Zane DeSilva, Randy Horton, Terry Lister, Kim Wilson, Dennis Lister and Michael Scott.
Although the final decision will not be made until Friday, unofficial sources indicate that Terry Lister is seen as one of the more likely candidates to replace Paula Cox.
The last time the PLP voted in a new leader was in October 2010. Three MPs put themselves forward, and Paula Cox won with 124 votes, Terry Lister received 39, and Dale Butler finished with two votes