Mischief Makers Lose Seats in Parliament
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Following the defeat of the Free National Movement at the polls, winners have emerged but none include the infamous parliamentarians who have openly defied the former government and its policies.
Former FNM members who became independent parliamentarians Reece Chipman and Halson Moultrie, and outspoken FNM MP Frederick McAlpine who was for years at odds with the party, all lost their seats in unofficial results.
Chipman has constantly criticized the government and has never supported its agenda. However, he still suffered politically.
Chipman was a newcomer to politics in 2017, running on the FNM ticket during the general elections, subsequently ousting former Prime Minister Perry Christie and winning a PLP stronghold.
Chipman voted against the VAT increase and the resolution to lease the Town Centre Mall from former Cabinet minister Brent Symonette. He eventually resigned from the party in 2019 citing the government’s handling of Hurricane Dorian and partisan politics.
PLP Jomo Campbell replaces Chipman in Centerville.
Moultrie received little votes in Nassau Village as constituents went with PLP Jamahl Strachan, instead.
Moultrie was an antagonistic voice in Parliament where he served as Speaker. He resigned from the FNM in February of this year, but refused to resign as the Speaker of the House of Assembly.
Moultrie was a thorn in the side of the FNM government calling for autonomy of the House and upping his ante during the pandemic when he contrived an idea to hold an ‘open parliament’ after Parliament went on recess.
The Nassau Village MP gained the support of third parties like the Democratic National Alliance and the Coalition of Independents who joined him in his protest against the Minnis-led government and its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. But he did little to gain the support of his constituents.
McAlpine may have thought he was going to win Pineridge, but constituents replaced him with PLP Ginger Moxey.
He has been the most outspoken member of the FNM government, often hitting out at Minnis during his presentations in the House.
He ran as an independent candidate for the Pineridge constituency in this election after he did not receive the FNM nomination. Many still expected him to win his seat in Pineridge because of the loud support he garnered in spite of his opposition against his party members.
In a surprising move, Pineridge went with Moxey, despite McAlpine’s touts of his accomplishments in the area.