Government members resign from UDP

The five members of the Cayman Islands ‘minority government’ resigned from the United Democratic Party Saturday via letters delivered to district committee chairs, according to Deputy Premier Rolston Anglin.

The resignations came just hours before UDP district committees were due to have meetings to discuss what they termed the five members’ “undesirable conduct” in voting to support a ‘no confidence’ motion brought by Opposition Leader Alden McLaughlin in the Legislative Assembly on 18 December against the UDP government.

The UDP district committees had invited the five government members to attend those meetings and explain their votes.

“I’m certainly not attending [the district committee meetings],” said Mr. Anglin, who was reached by telephone on Saturday. “The bottom line is….that we couldn’t caucus together. Our colleagues walked across the floor [of the Legislative Assembly] for whatever reasons [prior to the ‘no confidence’ vote being taken on 18 December]. We did what we had to do.”

Mr. Anglin, Premier Juliana O’Connor-Connolly, Health Minister Mark Scotland, Tourism and Development Minister Cline Glidden, Jr. and Community Affairs Minister Dwayne Seymour joined the four opposition party members and two independent members of the LA in voting 11-3 in support of the ‘no confidence motion; which effectively removed McKeeva Bush as Cayman Islands premier.

Opposing the ‘no confidence’ motion were former Minister Mike Adam, George Town MLA Ellio Solomon and West Bay MLA Capt. Eugene Ebanks.

Mr. Bush abstained on the vote.

According to a copy of one of the resignation letters sent Saturday to the West Bay UDP district committee: “After deep consideration surrounding the recent developments within the membership of the Legislative Group of the United Democratic Party (“UDP”) I feel I have no other option but to resign as a Member of the Legislative Group.

“Please accept this letter as formal notification of my resignation as a Member of the UDP Legislative Group and Party.

“Let me take this opportunity to thank you and every member of the UDP District Committee for West Bay, and wider UDP, for your friendship and support over the past eleven years.  I wish each of you and your families well.”

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  1. Mr Bush abstain on the Vote should I say A true statesman or should I say Its my party and I cry if I want to..
    However I believe this whole fiasco is being monitored carefully by all parties. PPM UDP Independent and the people of Cayman.
    The understanding and feedback beign received is that the new apointed government had their hands tied under Mr Bush’s watch. (But we also know there were strong objections to much that Mr Bush put forward) But we the people also know that the UDP was in power and had the majority votes to pass what they wanted, and to make decisions. So the question on peoples minds are Who is actually telling the truth? Was it Mr Bush, or the now New formed government Take for instance the Cayman Alliance funding, and obtaining jobs for Caymanians and other portant projects were being held in limbo or left to rot on the desk of those in command. People should weigh the facts and see if those allegations were a fact or fiction. Refering again to The For Cayman Alliance funding to assist those in need with home repairs such as roofing and other matters in the various districts. This project has actually been crawling like a snale before, with questions being asked, as to who was running the show. There was of course the blame game where no one knew the truth. Now that the shoes have changed feet, let us see how quickly they can step. Meaning will the New government attend to these projects which have been outstanding and hanging in the air for almost one year. Now someone else is wearing Mr Bush shoes so let us really see if he was taking baby steps.

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