“Against the backdrop of growing concern among supporters of the Government and our party, with respect to perceived weaknesses in our leadership of the country, and a sense of drift and inertia arising therefrom, we the undersigned elected members of the Parliamentary Group seek an urgent audience with you to discuss matters of grave concern to us, as well as to chart a path forward for the retention of our party in Government,” the letter states.
The stepped-up action by the MPs followed a verbal request made of the Prime Minister before his departure early last week for Trinidad. It also came ahead of another official trip planned by Stuart for today.
“We are mindful of your planned travel, on Monday, December 12, 2011. However, given the magnitude of this situation and our deep concern over its implications, we would wish that this meeting be held before your departure,” added the MPs in their correspondence, a copy of which was obtained by the SUNDAY SUN.
They have also chosen Leader of Government Business John Boyce, who is also second vice-president of the DLP, to liaise with Stuart on a time and place for the meeting.
Up to press time, the SUNDAY SUN was unable to reach either Stuart or Boyce for comment on the development, but informed sources were confident a meeting would have been held later yesterday.
When contacted, Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler also refused comment on the matter; so too did Minister of Health Donville Inniss and Minister of Social Care Steve Blackett, who said: “I know nothing about that nonsense!”
Sinckler also strongly rejected reports that he was being put forward by the group of 11 as the person they wanted to lead them.
“I don’t know of any such thing . . . . Barbados is a place of rumours,” he said.
However, the matter of his elevation is being strongly backed by pollster Peter Wickham in the June survey carried out by CADRES.