PLP Chairman On Retirement Of Party Leader

November 6, 2016

MARC BEAN (1)During the upcoming week, the PLP Delegates “will be looking to select a new Party Leader” and “we thank the people of Bermuda for their expressions of support and urge patience during this transitional time,” PLP Chairman Scott Simmons said.

His comments follow after it was announced on Friday that Marc Bean is retiring from politics,which will prompt both a bye-election in Warwick South Central and the selection of a new Party Leader by the PLP, something which must be done within 7 days of a leader stepping down.

Mr Simmons said, “On behalf of the Executive Committee, Trustees, Delegates, members and supporters of the Bermuda Progressive Labour Party, we would like to express our sincere appreciation to retired Opposition and Party Leader, the Hon. Marc Bean, JP, MP for stepping into the role as our Chief Executive Officer at a challenging time following our 2012 election defeat.

“Under his leadership, the PLP has achieved much, including blocking anti-Bermudian policies in Parliament, winning 2 bye-elections and re-establishing community focused fundraisers that defied the economy and addressed the shortfalls on our party balance sheets.

“It is without doubt, that the Hon. Marc Bean made a political career of emphasizing the Party’s position on good governance, education reform, and fiscal responsibility which are essential for social stability and prosperity.

“We also acknowledge the contribution and the sacrifice his wife, Simone and his family have made over the years.

“The PLP wishes the former Party Leader and his family well in all of their future endeavours.

“During the course of the upcoming week, the Bermuda Progressive Labour Party’s Delegates will be looking to select a new Party Leader. In advance, we thank the people of Bermuda for their expressions of support and urge patience during this transitional time.”

Update: Indications are that thus far, David Burt will be running for Party Leader, while Kim Wilson and Walter Roban will be running for Deputy Leader. Additional nominations can always be made on the floor of the Conference.

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  1. Terry says:

    He resigned .
    Who represents his local.

    • Encyclopedia says:

      Marc did the right thing for the Party !!
      Perhaps the party elders have been having a chat with him for a while now.

      What’s the next step for the party?
      Who is going to be the next leader? What’s the rumor?

  2. Well done, Marc.
    Yes, you did present yourself as radical at times.
    You did and still do love your beloved P.L.P.
    Me too!!
    May God richly bless you with health, peace and happiness.

  3. Jus' Askin' says:

    Bermuda Bermuda Bermuda :-(

  4. Glenn says:

    Thanks Marc, a great friend of mine for 30 yrs+, for your dedication and loyalty to the PLP. A man I personally know as having clean hands and a pure heart. Enjoy your retirement from politics. Take care of your health and family, were you are respected, appreciated and most importantly, loved. All the best my good friend and many Blessings!

  5. Jahstice says:

    Bless up, rastafari!

  6. mmm says:

    Politics – providing services for the general public paid for from the public purse, discussing the use of public funds by various government departments as well as introducing legislation—- I think this is the basic description — how it is carried out can impact on one,s personal life and the future of many, particularly our seniors, our youth and those un-able to care for them-selves. Much thankls for those who have fought to keep the community moving forward.

  7. Terry says:

    “clean hands”?

    Oh that COI is gonna sting many.

  8. Cedar Stump says:

    Marc out of politics and Tweed out of the Island. Things are indeed looking up for Bermuda.

  9. Takbir Karriem Sharrieff says:

    May Allah bless the P.L.P to select the best leader available in its Ranks to succeed the outgoing Leader Mr.Marc Bean.May Allah bless Mr.Marc Bean and his family with continued good health and happiness.May the members and supporters of the P.L.P.Party support the chosen Leadership with right good will and sincerity.May Bermuda move forward ,and benefit from the eventual choice of a leader.Peace.

  10. Wayne N says:

    Terry and Cedar Stump…it’s so ironic that it rhymes with Trump because it is exactly how you think!

    You never have anything decent to say and not even this one time exercise some respect by wishing the Hon. Marc bean JP MP well in his retirement.

    They should have had an inquiry like the current one when we couldn’t vote, own a home, closed Technical Institute and the list goes on and on so please keep your sanctimonious comments where they belong……buried under your cedar stump!!

  11. Build a Better Bermuda says:

    ““It is without doubt, that the Hon. Marc Bean made a political career of emphasizing the Party’s position on good governance, education reform, and fiscal responsibility which are essential for social stability and prosperity.”

    An interesting statement since his behaviour in the House far from represented good governance (much less that of an actual leader); prior to the ’12 defeat, he spoke out once about the required education reform (a time when the PLP were in power and could have done something) was slammed by his party and never brought up the subject again until after the PLP lost, then proceeded to critize the OBA for not doing anything, while they tried to assess and address the multitude of issue facing the system that was left ignored and to fester by the PLP (not only limited to curriculum, but infrastructure, poor utilization…); and as far as promoting fiscal responsibility, didn’t he promise to return us to the same levels of unsustainable spending that have left us without the ability to effectively finance government services and operations… how is that fiscally responsible.

    For a party that is so fundementally fractured by ideologies and egos, what they have strived to cover with illusion of unity has still been shown in full public view to be little more than words, that this statement is far from reflection of what is reality at the heart of the PLP oligarchies. United only in pursuit of power, for nothing has changed since ’12, it is still party before country and her people.