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“No comment” from Opposition Leader on Delma Thomas “crossing the floor”

Opposition Leader Dr. Keith Mitchell - continues to remain tightlipped on the Delma Thomas issue

Opposition Leader Dr. Keith Mitchell has opted not to comment on the decision of his Member of Parliament Delma Thomas to “cross the floor” in Parliament to join forces with the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) of Prime Minister Dickon Mitchell, following her resignation from his New National Party (NNP) nearly three weeks ago.

“No, no comment, I’ve never commented on this, and I will not comment on it,” Dr. Mitchell remarked when the question was posed to him by THE NEW TODAY as he made an early exit from the Parliament building moments after the three times Member of Parliament for St. Andrew North-west formalised her transition to officially sit with her new colleagues on the government side in the Lower House of Parliament on Tuesday.

However, other members of the NNP shared their views in an interview with reporters outside of the Parliament building.

Opposition St. Andrew North-east MP Kate Lewis said: “MP Thomas and I have been friends over the years and we will continue to be friends – in life we always have to realise that people will make changes, and what we have to do as individuals is to respect it and wish them well, and I do just that.”

According to long-standing Member of Parliament for St Mark Dr. Clarice Modeste-Curwen she does not believe that MP Thomas’ decision should bring “enmity” and that “the fruits of that (MP Thomas’ alignment with the NDC), really it is only time that will tell.

“But I wish her well…I will always wish her well. She is a person I have always liked, and I will continue to do that,” she said.

The former Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation in the 2018-22 defeated NNP administration noted that MP Thomas was Minister for Social Development and Minister for Health in their regime and these are very important areas and expressed hope to “hear something from her in those areas.”

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The St Andrew North-west MP was one of NNP six candidates who won seats to sit in Parliament following the June 23, 2022 general election in which the Dickon Mitchell-led Congress party emerged victorious at the polls with nine seats.

MP Thomas’ decision to cross the floor increases to 10 the number of members on the government side in the House of Representatives.

The three times MP who entered frontline politics under the NNP banner in 2008, had alluded to a deterioration in the once harmonious relationship between herself and Dr. Keith Mitchell after she expressed support for the sitting MP for the Town of St. George, Peter David, who joined the party after being expelled from the NDC some years ago, to be his successor.

She also spoke of bitter attacks by NNP members against her character, and that of her family members and over her decision to co-operate with initiatives of Government Senator Gloria Thomas, and other members of the NDC.

The former Social Development Minister, who has not expressed interest in a ministerial portfolio at this time, believes she can be more useful to the government outside of the Cabinet.

MP Thomas has reaffirmed her commitment to her constituents, and to continue “working along with the (NDC) government to move the country forward.”

The last time there was a crossing of the floor in Parliament was after the 2018 general election when Member of Parliament for St George North-east Tobias Clement quit the NNP government after accusing Dr. Mitchell of demonstrating dictatorial tendencies.

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