PLP Endorse Lister For Speaker Of The House

September 5, 2017 | 22 Comments

LISTER, DENNIS PLP Bermuda September 5 2017The PLP Parliamentary Group has endorsed Dennis Lister II as their choice for Speaker of the House, while Derrick Burgess was endorsed as their selection for Deputy Speaker, Premier David Burt confirmed this evening.

Premier Burt said, “At last week’s meeting of the Progressive Labour Party Caucus, the PLP Parliamentary Group endorsed the longest serving member of the House, MP Dennis Lister II, as our choice to serve in the distinguished role as Speaker of the House for the next Parliament.

“Caucus also endorsed the second longest serving PLP Member of Parliament, Derrick Burgess, to serve as Deputy Speaker in the next Parliament.

“These two men have displayed unmatched dedication to our community over their decades of service. I have immeasurable confidence in their ability to lead and discharge the duties their positions require with respect and integrity.

“I know they will diligently handle all matters put before them in the House of Assembly and that they will continue to work in accordance with the guiding principles of fairness and justice.”

Mr Lister was first elected to Parliament in 1989, while Mr Burgess was He was first elected in 1998.

The House of Assembly is scheduled to convene this Friday [Sept 8], when the 2017 Throne Speech will be delivered.

In describing the Speaker’s role, the official Parliament website says, “The House of Assembly consists of thirty-six members, one of whom is elected by his parliamentary colleagues as the Speaker [Presiding Officer].

“Once elected the Speaker renounces all party affiliations and does not participate in any of the debates, his main function being to ensure that the rules of the House are observed and the order and decorum are maintained during meetings. He arbitrates on matters relating to procedure, decides on points of order and gives rulings where and when necessary.”

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  1. Hope you do better then de other Somerset guy.

  2. Absolutely fantastic and wonderful choices. I endorse both too!!

  3. Lloyd Van putten says:

    Congratulations to both of them.

  4. puzzled says:

    Nice touch Burt.

    How to shut the old man up.
    Best of luck Bermuda.

  5. wahoo says:

    But Derick Burgess doesn’t know how to speak.

    • lol ubpoba fu says:

      That’s why you ubp/oba clowns don’t get it and will never win you think your better than the average man on the street. As a blue color worker I might not read or write English good but when your car breaks down I can fix it in a blink of an eye.

      • Nope says:

        I don’t think he could fix a car.

      • Seniors says:

        You should apply for a job up at PTB then.

      • Anbu says:

        Have fun while your own stick it to u then. And i hate to inform u mate( well actually i dont) if u kno how to use youtube, you can fix anything yourself. Better brush up your skills, youre becoming obsolete

        • therock says:

          “And i hate to inform u mate( well actually i dont) if u kno how to use youtube, you can fix anything yourself. Better brush up your skills, youre becoming obsolete”

          He said he doesn’t know how to read or write….must have had his mom post for him…

        • Interesting says:

          Another reason people like you fail to grasp the hate in the OBA. It’s people like you sir that fail your own party. As a Bermudian I have always voted UBP, BDA and OBA, but again it people like you that push my kind away. I really hope a new party is formed. A party that does not vote on your racist attitude. As you simply put it “your kind”…….very racist man you are.

      • therock says:

        ” As a blue color worker I might not read or write English good but when your car breaks down I can fix it in a blink of an eye.”

        Hate to break it to you, but almost everyone can use google….and do your job better than you…since reading and writing is fundamental…..better brush up, or learn how to read :)

      • Truths says:

        Blue color? U a Smurf?

  6. Triangle Drifter says:

    Burgess as Deputy Speaker. Well, you can’t get much more unbiased than that. Even tempered. Speaks well too. Respects House behavior rules. Great choice.

  7. Unbelievable says:

    Yawn. I’m bored of Bermuda politics. The same people over and over in different positions.

  8. Grizz says:

    Congrats to Lister!!! Truly deserves the position and I believe he will do well. Prayers are with you Sir

  9. Up D Hill says:

    lISTER, OK BUT Burgess,,, Idiots!!

  10. A Chap called Vanz says:

    Lister is a good guy. Burgess is not!

  11. Real Onion says:

    Let the Games begin!

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