PLP Central Committee Denies Motion for Constitutional Change by Party Leader Burt

We’re not having that, no sir. That was the message to David Burt, Political Leader of the Progressive Labour Party after he proposed a significant change to the party’s constitution.

The proposal was that the constitution be amended, to allow for the party leader and Central Committee, to select candidates to represent the PLP at general and by-elections.

A decision which currently is made by the party’s various constituency branches.

The idea was reportedly floated during a Central Committee meeting at the party’s Alaska Hall Headquarters last night. Sources tell TNN it did not gain the traction Mr. Burt sought, leaving him to say “I am disappointed by what happened here tonight.”

It is understood the change was suggested as a means by which to eliminate any issues which might arise between the branches and the Candidate Selection Committee, when it comes to determining who should run where come election time.

However, Central Committee members are said to have voted 11 for and 15 against, with 1 abstaining we’re told, even a number of so-called Burt supporters, in the room refusing to support the motion.

Meanwhile, our source contends the move was meant to make it easier for Mr. Burt and his faction to prevent certain individuals being selected to contest the next polls and have them replaced by people he handpicked.

Elsewhere, we’ve been informed this may not be the last attempt by Mr. Burt to make the change he seeks, but as one Central Committee member told us, “He will have a fight on his hands.”

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