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OBA enjoy commanding lead in opinion poll

December 22, 2015 - Author: bdadmin

HAMILTON, Bermuda (CMC) — A new opinion poll commissioned by the Royal Gazette newspaper shows the ruling One Bermuda Alliance (OBA) has built up a commanding 12-point lead over the Opposition Progressive Labour Party (PLP), whose leadership has been hit by an internal rift.

MARC BEAN... has overseen a string of resignations from the Progressive Labour Party

MARC BEAN… has overseen a string of resignations from the Progressive Labour Party

In the survey, 42 per cent of registered voters said they would support the OBA if a general election was called now — the next is due in 2017 — compared to 30 per cent for the PLP, whose embattled leader Marc Bean is under pressure after seven members of his shadow cabinet resigned their posts over his leadership style.

Bean, 41, has led the PLP since the last election three years ago when former Premier Paula Cox was a high-profile casualty — losing her House of Assembly seat to OBA newcomer Glen Smith in Devonshire North West —as the PLP was booted from power after 14 years.

The remaining 28 per cent of those polled earlier this month declined to back either of the two parties.

It means the OBA now has a bigger lead over the PLP than at any time since its formation in the spring of 2011. In the

Gazette’s previous poll in May, the OBA was narrowly ahead by 36 to 33 per cent.

The telephone poll of 401 registered voters took place between December 8 and 14, and has a margin of error of plus or minus five per cent.

Performance approval ratings of the party leaders, which assess public perception of how well they are doing their job, show 57-year-old Premier Michael Dunkley, who is also national security minister, enjoying a 28-point lead over Bean.

Dunkley’s score of 48 per cent, a rise of four points since May, is the highest for a leader of the country since Cox achieved the same figure in January 2011, shortly after she took the top job, according to the newspaper.

Bean’s rating of 20 per cent represents a fall of four points since May.

Among the island’s minority whites, 84 per cent said they would vote OBA, up from 77 per cent in May; while two per cent said they would vote PLP, up from one per cent in May.

Among blacks, 49 per cent said they would vote PLP, down from 54 per cent in May, while 16 per cent of blacks said they would vote OBA, up from 10 per cent in May.

The next test for the PLP will be a by-election — the date of which has not yet been announced — in Devonshire North Central after Glenn Blakeney, one of the seven members who quit their shadow posts, resigned from politics for personal reasons.

Blakeney won by just 19 votes in the 2012 General Election over the OBA’s Anthony Francis.


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Ex-Bermuda premier Brown threatens Bean with legal action

December 10, 2015 - Author: bdadmin

Thursday, December 10, 2015

 MARC BEAN... has overseen a string of resignations from the Progressive Labour Party

MARC BEAN… has overseen a string of resignations from the Progressive Labour Party

HAMILTON, Bermuda (CMC) — Former Progressive Labour Party (PLP) Premier Ewart Brown has threatened to take legal action against under-fire Opposition Leader Marc Bean for allegedly making defamatory remarks about him at Alaska Hall, the party’s headquarters, according to a letter leaked to the

Brown acted as a mentor to Bean throughout the early years of his political career.

The letter from Brown’s attorney, Wendell Hollis, accuses Bean of libelous comments at two meetings held last week over the leadership of the PLP, which was ousted from power by the One Bermuda Alliance in a general election three years ago.

The letter said: “There is no question that these comments are defamatory and libelous of Dr Brown. The comments are clearly false and untrue.”

In the letter Bean, 41, was asked to retract the comments. But he had “no comment” when asked about the letter by the Royal Gazette.

Bean remained quoted on the PLP’s website as saying: “Under the leadership of Premier Ewart Brown, who has become a mentor to me, I continue to strive to reach my full potential, recognising that, in so doing, and according to the will of the Lord, I am fulfilling my life’s purpose.”

Brown, 69, told the Gazette on Tuesday night that, “I truly regret that a confidential letter that my attorney wrote to our PLP leader has been leaked to the press. I had no desire or intent to disclose this letter to the party or to the community at large, as I had hoped that the matter could be handled privately. I think the entire situation is unfortunate and will say nothing further at this time.”

Brown was premier for four years before retiring from politics in 2010. Bean replaced Brown’s successor as premier, Paula Cox, after she lost her House of Assembly seat in the last election.

The fallout is a further blow to Bean, who has already seen seven members of parliament resign from his shadow cabinet, including Glenn Blakeney, who retired from politics for personal reasons earlier this week.

Sources have suggested that Bean’s position as party leader is looking increasingly precarious and that Zane DeSilva, one of the seven who quit the shadow cabinet, is being urged by senior figures to challenge his leadership.

Some members have said they felt betrayed by the Opposition’s reply to the Throne Speech, which included items that had been agreed by members to be omitted.

According to the Gazette, it was the final straw in a string of public statements perceived to be inappropriate, coupled with a “contemptuous” handling of meetings.

Brown was instrumental in Bean’s rise through the PLP ranks, unveiling him as one of the youngest candidates for the 2007 general election, and then fast-tracking him into the Senate a year later, before endorsing him to take his own parliamentary seat in Warwick South Central following his retirement in 2010.

-originally from

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