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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