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Culmer denies conclave to target MPs

Denying claims that the Free National Movement’s (FNM) conclave this weekend aims to decide the fate of the four MPs who recently criticized the party, FNM Chairman Carl Culmer said yesterday the party aims to ensure everybody is “on the same page”.

The FNM is holding a two-day conclave which started yesterday at FNM headquarters and today at Holy Trinity Activities Centre in Stapledon Gardens.

Yesterday’s conclave was only for parliamentarians.

FNMs were expected to address recent criticisms leveled against the party by four of its own members of Parliament: Golden Isles MP Vaughn Miller, Bains and Grants Town MP Travis Robinson, Pineridge MP Frederick McAlpine and Centreville MP Reece Chipman.

But Culmer said the conclave aims to check how the government is doing in regards to the FNM manifesto in order to set the direction for 2019.

He said, “This is not about them.

“This is about setting our objectives and getting our plans in order to continue to govern this country.”

The four FNM MPs recently joined the opposition in voting against a resolution seeking approval from Parliament for the government to enter into a five-year lease with the Town Centre Mall to house the General Post Office.

Immigration Minister Brent Symonette and his brother own the mall.

Miller called the resolution a “brazen perpetuation of corruption”.

The four MPs also voted against the government’s decision to increase value-added tax from 7.5 percent to 12 percent.

But Culmer said a difference in opinion within the party did not mean the FNM was not unified.

“There may be one or two persons who have a difference in opinions but that doesn’t say that they’re not together with the party,” he said.

“There’s nothing wrong with having a difference in opinion, it’s just where you do it.”

Maurice Moore, a founding father of the FNM, said the men were out of order and that they may not have a future in the party if they continue to carry on the way they have.

When asked why it was important for FNM members to be on the same page, Culmer said: “We can’t allow the mischief makers to twist the message.

“We’ve been elected to govern for five years and, at the end of the day, our people on the ground must be aware [of] what is going and voice their suggestions on how we [should] move forward into next year.

“So, it’s important that everybody is working on the same page so they’ll be able to diffuse a number of the myths that the PLP and the opposition may bring up.”

Staff Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Jasper Ward started at The Nassau Guardian in September 2018. Ward covers a wide range of national and social issues.
Education: Goldsmith, University of London, MA in Race, Media and Social Justice
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